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Great views and coastal access off PCH1

Was travelling south on PCH1 shortly after Christmas and stopped here as they have coastal access... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2019
Peoria, Arizona
High return on investment between Big Sur & Pt Lobos!

Short walks yield big views. Fairly level trails with good footing. Found out about this on the... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2018
Donna L
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This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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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All reviews garrapata beach big sur state park calla lilies canyon trail ocean side wild flowers large rocks beautiful beach miles south of carmel both sides favorite stop worth the effort great ocean views along highway waves crash coastal trails
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Reviewed 4 January 2019

Was travelling south on PCH1 shortly after Christmas and stopped here as they have coastal access and a solid stairwell down to the beach. Lots of great views and plenty of beach and rocks for photos. Definitely worth stopping here while travelling down the PCH1...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 21 December 2018

Short walks yield big views. Fairly level trails with good footing. Found out about this on the web - the signage is not good. It flanks HW1 between Big Sur and Pt Lobos State Park and is free. The trails and paths are well maintained,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Donna L
Reviewed 12 December 2018

So thankful for a sunny day to experience the breathtaking views in this park. There are a few nice hikes as well. Absolutely recommend a stop here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank eastcoastbb
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Driving down Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Carmel is this beautiful State Park. Most just drive by but its well worth a stop. You can stay at the top and take spectacular ocean and cliff photos or walk down the steps right to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 11 November 2018

This is a stop along Highway 1. Surprisingly stunning views. Worth the stop along your way to Big Sur. Has steps down to the beach and nice well maintained overlooks.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dolls111
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Really nice stop off, glad we took the time to visit. Lovely walks, nice beach, majestic Pacific. Recommended

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 510richarde
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This beach is one of the most beautiful landscapes and photographed beaches in the world. HOWEVER, over the past year I have found a multitude of trash, and graffiti (initials) carved into the the once untainted, picturesque cliffs and rock formations. Please, respect this incredible...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Julia C
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Painted here with a workshop and found many painters working there as local artists. It is a beautiful location to walk , photograph or just to take in. The place is beautiful

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank artraveler21
Reviewed 21 September 2018

Driving Hwy 1 South for the first time since the BIXBY BRIDGE was re-opened after the landslide... It was about 57 degrees out and a cold wind whipped the coast, as if often does. Looking to see some thing new, I pulled over at the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank lagreek1
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This review is for the Soberanes Point trail in Garrapata SP. Not sure why this trail is not more popular - it offers everything including stunning shoreline views, great bluffs and easy access from highway 101 and Carmel. Partly I’m glad though as parking is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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17 March 2018|
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Response from tjpatton | Reviewed this property |
No, and it’s easy to miss as you just pull off on the shoulder, no real parking lot.
Susan L
28 May 2017|
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Response from lindacrick | Reviewed this property |
2 weeks ago, yes the calla lilies were still in bloom...lots in the gully areas
29 April 2017|
Response from UncleJack | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can drive in and some of it would be handicapped accessible . It is a State Park however and in my memory, only a small part would be easily handicap accessible.