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Garrapata Beach

Monterey, CA
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Ranked #7 of 57 attractions in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Description: This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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San Jose, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I found this beach because I wanted to introduce my dog to the ocean. I was hoping for an off leash beach but alas it failed in that but that only. It is hard to find but easy to get to once you find it. The directions on the website suck. So if you first don't find it, try try... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

great leg work out love the outdoors and a awsome view, worth the hike and believe it or not people need to be careful as going . no little kids if your planing on doing the whole route

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Bay Area, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Our family visited on a beautiful December afternoon. Beach is very clean and you can find your own area with privacy. Waves were very large, so you need to be very careful. Saw a family letting their young children run into the surf and one got knocked down onto her knees and was crying. Looked pretty dangerous.

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Castaic, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

It's worth it to walk down to the shore here. We saw several oil painters hard at work, they were amazing. The shore with its pools and sea life is amazing. There are brief exhibits describing the sandstone, but you can see the layers for yourself. The first part of the walk is over beautiful scrub terrain and then you're... More

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central arkansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We were there on a near perfect afternoon in late October. There were only a half dozen people there at the time. Easy parking on the edge of the highway and a good path from the edge of the highway to the beach. Great photo opportunities

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

After spending 10 bucks to use the rich and famous' roads this was by far much better than the 17 mile drive - and this one for being free it certainly expands far more than that...

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Los Altos
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Nice sand, lovely colors of water, boulders, a sea cave that can be entered during low tide. Fun to walk and run around. Far enough from Highway 1 so traffic cannot be heard.

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Marina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

When we have our "Indian Summer" weather in fall on the Monterey Peninsula it is a wonderful time to go to the beach! All the crowds are gone! I took my dog to Garrapata beach one afternoon for a walk. We were the only ones on the beach. I took some pictures of her and we just sat in the... More

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Titusville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Seriously, we were the only couple on the beach in mid-morning, mid-week. The sand is nice compared to some other small beaches. Water was as cold as Maine water, so no swimming. There are no signs, but if you read the Trip Advisor and compare reports, you will find it. Stairs lead down to the beach on a good path.... More

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Carmel, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Great beach facing the open pacific ocean. Fabulous "sea stacks with nesting birds right off shore. Enjoy a time away from most tourists. Easy access but secluded.

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