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Garrapata Beach

Monterey, CA
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Ranked #8 of 56 Attractions in Monterey
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Description: This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 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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Bay Area, CA
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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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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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9 helpful votes 9 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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