We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 57 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Easy Access to Beach

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
youperboy1
,
Chicago, Illinois
Add Photo Write a Review

57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bradenton, Florida
Senior Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sullivan, Missouri
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mississauga, Canada
Top Contributor
286 reviews 286 reviews
188 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Seoul, South Korea
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
56 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Monterey, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Monterey, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hollister, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Being an outdoor painter Garrapata Beach is a great place for me to pant or just visit. It's a rugged and colorful part of the Pacific. Every time I've been there its windy and cold.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Garrapata Beach also viewed

Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
 
Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, Monterey Peninsula
 

Been to Garrapata Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Garrapata Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?