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Address: Monterey, CA
Description: This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur...
This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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Perfect place for a picnic

I've spent many a weekend on this rather secluded beach. Sure, it's fairly easy to access (there is a path leading from the highway, with a series of wooden stairs that lead you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Chris B
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I've spent many a weekend on this rather secluded beach. Sure, it's fairly easy to access (there is a path leading from the highway, with a series of wooden stairs that lead you down from the cliffs), but you almost always can have most of the beach to yourself. Don't plan on getting in the water without a wet suit,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Beautiful spot for photos of ocean and beach, great sunset viewing location. Also a nice trail in the area above the beach. Not as crowded as other locations south of here.

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Bradenton, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Spring time at Garrapata Beach is gorgeous! The Cala Lilly Valley was full of blooms between gate 18 and 19 and was absolutely beautiful. The view of the beach is gorgeous! I did a lot of research before visiting Big Sur and knew where to go, but for any other travelers the beach is difficult to find. There are not... More 

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Sullivan, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

great beach, the second pull out place on the highway has a nice stairway going down to the beach, the first pull out has a nice trail through a very scenic valley to the beach. large rocks not far out in the water and in the sand inland make for great portrait spots and scenic views. during the wet weather... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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188 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

WOW! Free parking and beautiful blue water. Make sure you park the car and go down to the beach its a very nice spot. There are no washroom. what to expect in the end...The water is so blue and the sand was very white and soft creating a pleasant experience on California coast. This is why you need to drive... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The park is very nice and offer trail with views of the ocean from high vistas. You could get a chance to see whales, sea lions, sea otter, dolphins. Depends on the season, the flowers and cosatal vegetation could add more to the wow factor.

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Seoul, South Korea
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56 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I spent a month in Monterey and got out each weekend to explore the natural beauty of Central California and this was my favorite beach! It was a huge stretch of sand, great cliffs, very few people and I even saw dolphins just off shore. It can be a bit hard to find and not a place for kids to... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We accidentally stopped here along the coastal hwy 1 drive from Cambria to Monterey. The views were just spectacular! You can view it from the top of the road or climb some stairs and pathways to get down to the beach. Be aware that this is VERY dangerous surf. This was not a spot for wading or swimming. It is... More 

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Monterey, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is one of my favorite beaches. The surf can be very dangerous so please watch your children. Please also keep this beach clean and beautiful for everyone. If you see trash pick it up and take it to the garbage cans by the highway. Doing just a little will keep the beach a gem for all to enjoy!

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Monterey, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Got to see a lot of natural phenomena on our hike.....beautiful and not....a fisherman catching a nice sized fish and telling us how the sea lions that cruise the shores love to rob him of fish! Dead birds and a dead seal gave testimony to the circle of life in the Monterey Bay.

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