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Fuller’s Beach
Fuller’s Beach

Fuller’s Beach in Big Sur, California

Fuller’s Beach is a little-known remote beach along the north Big Sur coast. It’s mostly used by dedicated surfers and shy nudists. Surfing websites and bloggers have been talking about this spot for years (and it’s visible on satellite images like Google Maps).

This rocky beach is just north of Grimes Point and it’s difficult to find and even harder to reach. About 0.9 mile south of the Big Sur Inn along Highway 1 there is a pull-out parking area on the east side across from a telephone pole on the west side. Next to the pole is an unmarked trailhead for a footpath that descends the steep hillside to Fuller’s Beach. See our map for the location of the parking area.

The trail is steep and switches back and forth through poison oak on the way down. Crazy surfers carry their boards down this trail, but it is reportedly a challenging surf spot. It’s best to avoid high tide when visiting this beach as the sand will be wet. The access to Fuller’s Beach might be privately-owned (beach below high tide line is public), but we haven’t seen any proof or signs prohibiting access. If you see any signs, heed them to avoid trespassing and getting a citation.

Address
Cabrillo Highway
Big Sur, CA 93920
Owner
Private Land Owner
Other Names
Grimes Canyon Beach
Activities
Beachcombing, Surfing, Beach Exploration
Amenities
No Facilities
Pet Policy
Dogs not advised
Fees
Free parking

* Note: This is a clothing optional beach

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