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Garrapata State Park

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Address: Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road, Monterey, CA 93923
Phone Number: +1 831-624-4909
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This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular...

This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.

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Some of the best views and great hiking!

A gem! Came across this park headed north when leaving two days in big sur. I expected to have left most of the great vistas behind me in big sur when I came across this park and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Katherine S
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El Segundo
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El Segundo
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A gem! Came across this park headed north when leaving two days in big sur. I expected to have left most of the great vistas behind me in big sur when I came across this park and was astounded by how beautiful the hiking was. A highlight of my trip up the coast, this is a must see for anyone... More 

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1 Thank Katherine S
Walnut Creek, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked in the rain and it was still gorgeous!!! We loved the dramatic change in the terrain. 15 minutes into the hike and we were in redwoods! Beautiful!

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1 Thank Sue B
Forestville, California
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105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Fortunately, we had a pretty good idea of where we were going, because there aren't any signs. Park on the side of Hwy 1 at the trailhead. We took the Soberanes Canyon hike. It starts out in coastal scrub (with prickly pear cactus sharing the hills with the native vegetation), but goes along a nice creek, through a redwood grove,... More 

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Thank Bob H
Ohio
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This place has the most awesome views! No matter the weather or season it's a great place to visit. My profile photo was taken here in 2013 and it is still my favorite photo of all. Most recent visit was December 2015.

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Thank notonyourlife1397
Los Angeles
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128 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

The surf never stops - it pounds and pounds and you can stand right in front of it but still in a safe spot - a real pearl of a place

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Thank fay V
Palmer, Alaska
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32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The day was beautiful with clear skies and very active ocean views. Several places to stop and take pictures of the great coastline.

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Thank cameron1938
Monterey
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Great ocean views if you decide to stay on the west side of Hwy 1, watch the surf especially in the winter crash on the rocks below. Or hike on the east side into the redwood forest along the creek. The scenery quickly changes from dry to moderate as the redwoods create their own cool climate. If desired, you can... More 

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North Haven, Connecticut
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This was one of my favorite stops driving down the coast. You don't really have to do a hike or anything, you can see it all from the multiple vista points and I actually got better photos from the road.

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Thank csgro
NYC
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114 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

A new walking bridge connecting the cliffs offers spectacular views of the rocky coastline. One of my favorite sites in this area. Great place to take scenic photos.

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Thank mommadoc1
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Finding a place to park on the side of the road can be a headache (especially on the weekends), but it's well worth it. You can easily spend the day hiking, then hanging out on the beach.

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