McWay Falls Cove

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McWay Falls Cove
Photo: © Dawn Ellner / License
McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Photo: © Broken Inaglory / CC BY

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Set in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park this beautiful little horseshoe shaped cove is surrounded by high, tree-lined cliffs. Perhaps the beach's most notable feature though is McWay Falls, a waterfall that vertically plunges 80 feet directly into the aqua-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The cove here is one of the undisputed highlights of Big Sur and only a short trip from California's legendary coastal highway, Route 1.
There is one possible negative though; this stunning beach is a bit of a tease as it is pretty much inaccessible by foot. You can gaze out over the cove and waterfall from an observation platform but the climb down is hazardous to say the least. However, this adds to the unspoiled character of this section of coast where it genuinely feels like nature is still in charge.

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McWay Falls Cove Weather Info

5 Day McWay Falls Cove UV Index

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McWay Falls Cove tide times & sea state

Sun 19/05 »

Surf report for Sun 19/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
11:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:28
Sunrise05:57
Sunset20:08
Dark20:37

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
11:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise05:56
Sunset20:09
Dark20:38

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 19mph
17:00 10ft 16s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise05:56
Sunset20:10
Dark20:39

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
14:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:26
Sunrise05:55
Sunset20:11
Dark20:40

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
11:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:25
Sunrise05:54
Sunset20:12
Dark20:41

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:25
Sunrise05:54
Sunset20:12
Dark20:42

Today's weather

Light rain showers

12 °C
(53 °F)

Light air, 5 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

14.4°C / 58°F

Rating

Average: 4 (2 votes)

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