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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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the perfect gem on Hwy 1

We stopped at Garrapata State Park because we saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road. We thought we would just take a picture or two and jump back in the car like many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 June 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We stopped at Garrapata State Park because we saw a bunch of cars on the side of the road. We thought we would just take a picture or two and jump back in the car like many others do. Little did we know the extensive trail system along the coast and in the canyon to make this park the perfect... More 

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Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

A short hike off Highway 1, but worth it. Beautiful, secluded beach. The parking is a bit tricky, because you have to park on the edges of the road, and this can get crowded as the day goes on.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

this is our favorite spot to stop on highway 1. take the Soberanes Canyon Trailhead out to the point and then around the peninsula. its about as good as coastal California gets.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 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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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

We did not find the signage that spells garrapata State park and only stumbled upon it when we pulled over a road shoulder for a rest ! The scenery of the cliffs are spetacular and carpets of wild flowers was not so as we arrived late evening, by which time the blooms kinda closed. There ought to be better signage... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is a must when in Big Sur! Hike to the clouds on the east side of hwy 1. Spectacular views and gorgeous, hanging flora. No dogs allowed. After you hike be sure to hike down to the water and pay the ripplewood resort restaurant a visit!! Oh I almost forgot...it's free!!

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

MUST STOP! This place is beautiful. Especially the area called Calla Lily Valley. You know it's beautiful when the artists are lined up painting it! Loved the view! Calla Lilies were towards the end of their season when we were there at the beginning of May

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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 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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