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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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Our favorite short hike...amazing views!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Di C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

One of our favorite stop salons the Pacific Coast Highway. This is only our second visit to the PCH. We stopped here both times and this time we visited the park at least four times. There are cliff areas for enjoying nature's beauty and a wonderful sandy beach area also God for enjoying the beauty or a more traditional beach... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

I've always enjoyed this beach, it is one of our favorite hangouts ever since learning how to cut class and drive over the hill to the beach. We either would hang out here or if we didn't have as much time we would hang out at 14th street in Santa Cruz

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Driving down highway 1 towards Monterey has lots of amazing vistas, me and my husband drove past this area Friday and decided to check it out Saturday morning. We arrived early at about 8-9 or so to beat the rush, it was sunny and the fog was lifting so it looked amazing. It was so incredible! Never have I seen... More 

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! It is not even necessary to get off of the PCH to drive through this state park and acknowledge its beauty. Spectacular from every angle!

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