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Garrapata Beach

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Address: Monterey, CA
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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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The best you can get in this area

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This is one of my favorite beaches. You can take walks on the bluff overlooking the beach and a few lead down to the beach itself. The views are breathtaking (especially on a sunny day). The ocean water has so many different colors. The beach itself has always been clean every time I visit (I have been there 5+ times... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

WOW!!! This was definitely worth the very quick decision we made to veer off Hwy 1. I dont think the car behind us appreciated it though. I wish I had read about this beach before we headed out to Monterey. Make sure to go when the tide is out. It is an fantastic walked down to the steps because the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Finding a/the car park here is a problem as there were no signage apparent to where the beach or state park is ! We chanced on it when we decided to pull over to take a break from the longish drive from Fresno earlier. There are steps going down the beach from cliff and the scenery down there is awesome... More 

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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Park on the highway and wander the short trails down to this beautiful beach. Pleasant whatever the weather. Blowing gently in May but still well worth the stroll. Steps at south end washed away and 3+ foot jump to the first step. Ok if you are active. Otherwise the hilltop trails are accessible to those with reasonable mobility.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

We have been in Garrapata Beach Two Times.Easy parking on the edge of the highway and a good path from the edge of the highway to the beach. We got to the beach via a short walk down a trail which is well maintained then Steps which requires a JUMP and afterward a CLIMB . Next time we access the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

We got to the beach via a short walk down a trail. It was a very quiet beach. Water is choppy the two times we went (like at most Pacific Ocean beaches), so we did not swim.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We went to Garrapata Beach beginning of January 2016. The views are scenic. The pathway down to the beach is well maintained. One can also hike into the hills to 2000 foot level for more panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The beach is south of Point Lobos State Reserve. There is a sign on the hill that says where... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The view here is to die for! The beauty is unending here. No matter the weather it will always be great. My profile picture was taken here in 2013 and is still my favorite photo.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I know the drive is long and you keep getting in and out of your car but this stop is more than worth it.

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