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Garrapata State Park

Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road, Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Well worth a pit stop

This is a easy pit stop with a beautiful secluded beach. Easy access of the Big Sur road and it's... read more

Reviewed yesterday
24sportstv
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Beautiful secluded beach

This review is only for the beach. This is one of aha moments on seeing garapatta beach. Though... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
M V
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San Francisco, California
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This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a easy pit stop with a beautiful secluded beach. Easy access of the Big Sur road and it's a great place to take some pics, walk the lovely beach and explore a little of the big Sur coast. We had Lovely romantic pic...More

Thank 24sportstv
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This review is only for the beach. This is one of aha moments on seeing garapatta beach. Though quite far from sfo almost 2 1/2 hr drive its worth making the trip here. Go for the day/ half day. Parking: roadside on gravel State park...More

Thank M V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We almost missed the park because it's only marked by small sign on the side of highway 1. First, we took a short coastal hike. The wildflowers are beautiful and the views are stunning. Then we went down to the beach. A little steep, but...More

Thank Tasha F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of stopping off points to go for walks along the cliffs. Unfortunately back in Feb when we went beach access was closed off due to recent storm damage (though there were some folk who jumped down off the broken steps from several...More

Thank moot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must stop to see this place. Lots of waves crashing just absolutely stunning. You can just pull off the road and see.

Thank monO8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A most see if traveling on the 1 freeway. There's dramatic cliffs, crashing waves & beautiful wildflowers along the trail to the beach. You can also bring your dog- must be leashed. The beach a huge & there's lots of secluded areas to lay down...More

Thank ewright2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the California Coast Range from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Garrapata epitomizes all of the things that are the peacefulness I find along The 1. Cliffs and crags, raw ocean power, stretches of nothingness, and smiles from my friends and family when they too...More

Thank UStoEurope111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to drive south on Rt 1 from Carmel even though you can only go about 20 miles then road is closed due to a huge landslide in Big Sur....so glad we did! Parked on side of the road tons of flowers still blooming,...More

1  Thank LynDJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a fun place to explore. If you go before hight tide you can explore a few small caves. There is plenty of drift wood on shore that people use to make huts. I was a little sad when I found out the water was...More

Thank Mallory J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After years of passing by, finally stopped. This is a great beach! Lovely coast line. The trail up top has many flowers in bloom. I was not able to get up into the calla lily valley due to a knee injury but will be back.

Thank dziran
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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
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janegmorgan
30 April 2017|
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Response from Uncle Jack | 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.
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Dididivis
4 July 2015|
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Response from Lara M | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any rest rooms on my visit
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