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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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Beautiful!!!! I could stay here and just listen to the sound of waves splashing by the big rocks. nice trek to a lookout!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful!!!! I could stay here and just listen to the sound of waves splashing by the big rocks. nice trek to a lookout!!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Only a small brown sign marks the park along PCH 1 which is what makes it hard to find, but look for a bunch of cars parked on the side of the road and you'll know you've made it. Pull off to the side and find any path towards the sea. It may not look like much from the road... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Prepare yourself for breathtaking views of jagged cliffs and the native coastal flora. We came here on a whim when we had some time to kill before checking into our cottage in Carmel. We were pleasantly surprised by how well-kept all the trails are.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many good walks near the wild ocean. Favorite is the walk around Soberanes Point, about two miles total. Wild ocean headlands all around the point. Be sure to climb the hill (about 200 feet) to sit on one of the benchs near the peak for great ocean views. It's often referred to as Whalers Knoll for obvious reasons.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I am so glad I read the reviews on TripAdvisor about this place - amazing views and easy walk. The tips on finding it are accurate , it can be hard to spot. After the brown state park sign on the south side of HWY 1, it is about 1/2 mile down on the same side. There is no parking... More 

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Sausalito, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Stunning blue colors when the sun is out.....sometimes even closed during heavy surf/Winter Dirt walking path to the beach not good for the elderly or people with leg problems. NICE , uncrowded beach but rarely swimmable. Always check tide charts in California and observe ocean conditions because you can get crushed if you get too close to the water.

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Oviedo, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

It took a little longer than we expected to find the beach area. But, it was a nice area that seemed to be mostly locals. Good place to spend an hour or two with kids and longer if you are without them.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Worth a visit- again., scenic views, trees, cliffs, has it all.. walks are great or drive along if you prefer..

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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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

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Morro Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

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

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