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Garrapata Beach

Address: Monterey, CA
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Ranked #15 of 77 Activities in Monterey
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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Mississauga, Canada
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273 reviews 273 reviews
186 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
48 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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 

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Monterey, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Hollister, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We didn't go out of our way to see this beach. We were doing the Highway 1 drive and my husband saw cars and pulled over to see why they were there. We were treated to one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen! Gorgeous wildflowers blanket all the surrounding mountains, leading up to a beautiful sandy beach. It's... More 

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Newark, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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