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Garrapata State Park

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Address: Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road, Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: +1 831-624-4909
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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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Little out of the way but great local spot

It took a little longer than we expected to find the beach area. But, it was a nice area that seemed to be mostly locals. Good place to spend an hour or two with kids and longer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Oviedo, Florida
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Oviedo, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It took a little longer than we expected to find the beach area. But, it was a nice area that seemed to be mostly locals. Good place to spend an hour or two with kids and longer if you are without them.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit- again., scenic views, trees, cliffs, has it all.. walks are great or drive along if you prefer..

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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Garrapata State Park is easy to overlook as you are driving down Highway One, but it is well worth a stop if you like hiking along the Ocean and Cliffs. We enjoyed a great hike with spectacular views. We walked along all the trails and walked a total of around 5 km

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Morro Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing wildflower displays in spring. but all year beauty. Difficult roadside parking on south direction

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have hiked this many times and each time are awe-struck at the beauty and magnificence of the ocean and hills/mountains coming together. We usually climb up the front, which can be steep but a great workout (30-40 mins) if you push it. Coming down the front is very steep and tough of the knees if they are old, like... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

Garrapata State Park was a highlight on our Californian road trip - well worth taking the time to see this spectacular park - highly recommended.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

This is a beautiful beach - definitely worth a stop even if you're only looking. Walk down to the water if you stop - it only takes a short while, but is spectacular!

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Stopped here on our drive down California 1 and just fell in love with this beach. It was just breathtakingly beautiful and had it all to ourselves. My daughter sprinted in the sand as my son sat one a huge rock over the water. Really beautiful.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

There are several entrances to this park which is on both sides of Hwy 1. All 19 markers for the "gates" are on the ocean side. We wanted to check out the ocean side and whale peak first and stopped at the pull-out beside gate 9. The trail is clearly marked at the start but the low vegetation gets so... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We stopped at Garrapata on our way to Big Sur and found a Beautiful hidden cove with easy trails and scenic vistas. Watch out for bees!

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