The Beach Guide

McWay Falls Cove (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park)

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.

Nearest city

Carmel Valley Village

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McWay Falls Cove Weather Info

Mon 27th
Partly cloudy 14°C / 57°F
Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 15°C / 59°F
Wed 29th
Partly cloudy 10°C / 50°F
Thu 30th
Partly cloudy 11°C / 52°F
Fri 31st
Clear sky 14°C / 57°F
Sat 01st
Partly cloudy 11°C / 52°F

5 Day McWay Falls Cove UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

McWay Falls Cove tide times & sea state

  • Mon 27/01 »
    Surf report for Mon 27/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 10ft 18s  °  ° 17mph
    13:00 11ft 17s  °  ° 17mph
    19:00 11ft 16s  °  ° 16mph
    Tide times
    High 12:20am (3.83m)
    Low 5:15am (1.97m)
    High 11:17am (5.28m)
    Low 6:20pm (-0.22m)
    Daylight
    First light06:43
    Sunrise07:11
    Sunset17:27
    Dark17:54
  • Tue 28/01 »
    Surf report for Tue 28/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 9ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
    13:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 18mph
    19:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    High 12:52am (3.82m)
    Low 5:55am (2.03m)
    High 11:50am (4.83m)
    Low 6:50pm (0.18m)
    Daylight
    First light06:43
    Sunrise07:10
    Sunset17:28
    Dark17:55
  • Wed 29/01 »
    Surf report for Wed 29/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 11ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
    13:00 10ft 14s  °  ° 21mph
    19:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    High 1:25am (3.83m)
    Low 6:41am (2.11m)
    High 12:27pm (4.29m)
    Low 7:19pm (0.62m)
    Daylight
    First light06:42
    Sunrise07:09
    Sunset17:29
    Dark17:56
  • Thu 30/01 »
    Surf report for Thu 30/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
    13:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
    19:00 11ft 18s  °  ° 17mph
    Tide times
    High 2:01am (3.86m)
    Low 7:39am (2.17m)
    High 1:09pm (3.70m)
    Low 7:49pm (1.09m)
    Daylight
    First light06:42
    Sunrise07:09
    Sunset17:30
    Dark17:57
  • Fri 31/01 »
    Surf report for Fri 31/01
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 10ft 16s  °  ° 12mph
    13:00 9ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
    19:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 2:43am (3.91m)
    Low 8:58am (2.15m)
    High 2:09pm (3.09m)
    Low 8:22pm (1.54m)
    Daylight
    First light06:41
    Sunrise07:08
    Sunset17:31
    Dark17:58
  • Sat 01/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 01/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 3mph
    13:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 3mph
    19:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    High 3:32am (4.02m)
    Low 10:45am (1.90m)
    High 3:58pm (2.63m)
    Low 9:05pm (1.96m)
    Daylight
    First light06:40
    Sunrise07:07
    Sunset17:32
    Dark17:59

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