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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

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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Some Trails Closed

Several trails were closed during our visit, but aside from that, it was a great mile hike along the coast. Lots of small wildlife (rabbits, squirrels and such). Flowers were all... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Highland Village, Texas
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Highland Village, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Several trails were closed during our visit, but aside from that, it was a great mile hike along the coast. Lots of small wildlife (rabbits, squirrels and such). Flowers were all in bloom this early May.

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Granville, Ohio
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302 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just south of the Carmel Highlands area and at the beginning of the fabulous, dramatic Big Sur stretch, Garrapata has a series of well worn hiking paths along the ridge and also down to the beaches. The recent rains have provided for wonderful color that we've not seen in the area for many decades. The rocky coast, the azur water,... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There isn't much public access to the shoreline on Highway 1, but this park offers it. There's ample parking, and a pretty easy path down to the water. The beach is lovely with cliffs around it, and the waves break over it very picturesquely. it's sa great place to stop on the way down the coast.

1 Thank DeeWhyte
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This roadside park offers beautiful scenic views of the ocean. Most people visit the coast to experience the scenery, so do yourself a favor and stop at Garrapata. Scenery changes with the weather, that's what makes this a great stop on your travels. Visit after visit, it never fails to show it's natural beauty in some new way.

1 Thank Bev W
Pleasanton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

It's hard to describe this place in a few sentences because it's so diverse. We spent a couple hours and walked about a mile and we've experience fog and clouds, burning sun, shady creek with calla lilies, ocean sand beach, ocean rocks, crystal clear fresh water creek, all kinds of blooming wild flowers - it's really overwhelming. One of the... More 

1 Thank heckfy
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Garrapata State Park is an iconic spot to capture the feel of the Big Sur Coast. The key to getting killer shots is to hit the area at the right time, with the right cloud formations. While everybody loves a “bluebird” day, the best photos come from a sky filled with puffy clouds or even better a breaking storm. Clouds... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place is beautiful. There are lots of paths to explore. There is a fee to get into the park [$10 I believe] but it is well worth the money. The roads [dirt] are nice and wide and there are plenty of places to stop and hike. There are also tide pools in one location but you have to get... More 

2 Thank Smithova
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We specifically went here for sunset, as the location faces due west. Take the trail down across the bridge for a look at the waterfall. This is an easily accessible and spectacular place.

3 Thank BillyKmd
Melrose, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We spent a full morning photographing this beach, great surf to watch and great views. Watch the undertow if you plan to swim there.

1 Thank Uncle Jack
Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Garrapata is open while 95% of Big Sur is closed due to flooding, mud slides and 2016 wild fires. We spent two nights watching the sunset from the bluffs at Garrapata and it was amazing. There is a beach there as well that isn't the easiest to access, but well worth walking if you can make it happen. The bluffs... More 

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