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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
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+1 831-624-4909

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This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.

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Excellent Park for a hike along the Ocean

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... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Manuel E
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

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

1 Thank Manuel E
Morro Bay, California
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

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

1 Thank Paul O
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

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 

4 Thank Di C
Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

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

Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 12 August 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!

1 Thank SDC372
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 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.

1 Thank lizasalazar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 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 

1 Thank Laura B
Torrance, California
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Reviewed 25 July 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!

1 Thank quetalal
Centreville, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 July 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 

1 Thank Robert H
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 23 July 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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