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Garrapata State Park

Address: Monterey, CA 93923
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Ranked #8 of 44 Attractions in Monterey
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Whale watching
Owner description: This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Whale watching
Owner description: This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.

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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We did it today in the pouring rain. There were a few trees that had blown over during the storm, but the crew's were doing a good job of putting things right. There are lots of good view points along the coastal section. Even in the rain it was worth the $10.

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Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is one of the best views of Big Sur. It is hard to find the exact place (there is one sign that you can see once you stop), but any pull-out will do. There are trails down to the end where you can look down into the water. We saw sea otters in the water all over the place!... More 

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Oroville, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was not my first trip to this hidden gem. But depending on what time of year you visit it can feel like a new landscape. A bit obscure to know if you are in the right place with parking scattered roadside. But be prepared bring water and your camera. The early trails past but an old barn with feral... More 

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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177 reviews 177 reviews
56 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We loved stopping along the highway (Highway 1) and taking a walk down the stairs to the beach. It was a sunny afternoon and we spent almost an hour here, looking for treasures, walking on the flat sand, and just being mesmerized by the pounding surf. It was gorgeous! The water was powerful and we respected it, not getting too... More 

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Monterey, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is not a super easy hike but it is awesome. Fantastic views reward those willing to pursue. I recommend starting up the canyon/river then finish with a decent down the front side - more time staring at the pacific and uphill in shade part of the way. The shorter hike on the ocean side of the highway is a... More 

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Buffalo, NY
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Garrapata Beach State Park is very easy to find and reach as long as you don't miss the sign posted along the edge of the Pacific Coast Highway. It's not far south of Carmel, CA...check the map and keep your eyes open. Park along the side of the road and walk down the stairs to the beach for an amazing... More 

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Monterey, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Not a hike for the unfit person. Not only do you need to have some fitness, agility is also helpful. These trails are not maintained as well as some state parks. There are loose rocks and sand the entire way. It can be steep at times. Now granted my friend and I went up the way most people come down,... More 

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Monterey, California
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10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Another wonderful place to visit. Great hikes along the ocean and up the canyon or the hills above. Please Keep the area clean and beautiful for everyone and pick up any trash you come across. The hike to the top of the mountain is difficult but the canyon walk is easy for most people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is definitely a strenuous hike but worth the effort for the spectacular views at the top. The hike is steep most of the way on the ascent and again on the descent. It was a beautiful day. Our children, ages 10, 12, and 15 groaned some on the way up but when they achieved the summit they were relieved... More 

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Aloha, Oregon
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It was a difficult hike, but Rocky Ridge-Soberanes Canyon Loop provides amazing views! Hiking through the desert hills above the Pacific Ocean while listening to the sea lions on the rocks below is an experience I won't soon forget. Be sure to pack plenty of water (even better--Gatorade) for this desert hike, which starts in the cypress forest before extending... More 

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