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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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Great quiet beach

We came here on 4th of July weekend. It was very quiet and clean and beautiful. Nice little areas close to rocks with shade. Beautiful white clean sand. Our 2yr old loved it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We came here on 4th of July weekend. It was very quiet and clean and beautiful. Nice little areas close to rocks with shade. Beautiful white clean sand. Our 2yr old loved it. Great place to spend the day and have a picnic.

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Chico, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Someone recommended this beach to us. There was not crowds and it's a great beach for skim boarding. They also have fire pits. Very cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Gorgeous beach, good weather, no one there, waves were huge! It took a while to find the correct beach because of the turn-offs, but just look for the only piece of beach. :)

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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This beach is a must visit on the PCH. Most of the beaches in Big Sur are hard to find and reach but this one is right off the road. It's little before the Bixby Creek bridge and there's a board for directions. For those not fond of long treks, this really short and easy walk is perfect! Also don't... More 

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Seaside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

What can you say that hasn't already been said? Amazing spot with great literary and scenic beauty and history.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We stopped by on a road trip in mid-April, I was desperately hoping the Calla Lilys would still be blooming and not too browned and they were. What an absolutely extraordinary experience. We parked on the roadside and walked in, somewhere near gate 18 / 19 I think. (The valley where the lilys grow is visible from the road on... More 

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Austin, Texas
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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Monterey, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey

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