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

Mon 23/09 »

Surf report for Mon 23/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 21mph
11:00 6ft 16s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 6ft 16s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:29
Sunrise06:55
Sunset19:02
Dark19:28

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 17mph
11:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
20:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:30
Sunrise06:56
Sunset19:01
Dark19:26

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
17:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 4mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:31
Sunrise06:57
Sunset18:59
Dark19:25

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 9mph
17:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:32
Sunrise06:57
Sunset18:58
Dark19:23

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 6mph
14:00 5ft 16s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:33
Sunrise06:58
Sunset18:56
Dark19:22

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
11:00 6ft 18s  °  ° 10mph
20:00 6ft 18s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:33
Sunrise06:59
Sunset18:55
Dark19:20

Today's weather

Clear sky

16 °C
(60 °F)

Light air, 2.2 km/h from SSW

Sea temperature

15.4°C / 59.8°F

Rating

Average: 4 (2 votes)

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