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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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Absolutely stunning

Driving through California, this is a must see !! Amazing shots, magic atmosphere ! Driving along the coast it's a wonderful experience !!

Reviewed 30 January 2017
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Driving through California, this is a must see !! Amazing shots, magic atmosphere ! Driving along the coast it's a wonderful experience !!

1 Thank ChiccoDellaGiovanna
Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

We visited the Garrapata State Park on our tour of Big Sur, after Los Lobos State Park. While Los Lobos was teeming with people and seemed a bit more cheery, Garrapata was quieter and seemed more austere and intense. The jagged cliff edges were repeatedly beaten by big waves. There are rock formations in the water that remind a bit... More 

3 Thank Travel_Bug81
Redwood City, California
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Beautiful bluff hike with gorgeous ocean views and a surprise field of Calla lilies along the creek certain times of the year.

4 Thank Maya002
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

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.

1 Thank shaunissima
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Currently able to visit trails west of HWY 1, we wandered around a few of the trails and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. You can park on the left side of the road and get directly on the trail.

2 Thank VanessaB_107
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

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

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 

5 Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

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 

5 Thank Ken H
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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 

5 Thank Serendipity_Usa
Sausalito, California
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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.

2 Thank WorldTravelerAtoZ

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