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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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Love the Calla lilies

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

Reviewed 6 January 2017
Redwood City, California
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Redwood City, California
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

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

3 Thank Maya002
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 27 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.

Thank shaunissima
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 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.

1 Thank VanessaB_107
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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 

3 Thank Lisa R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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 

3 Thank Ken H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 

3 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
Oviedo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank JTG9297
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

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

1 Thank CORSAIR700

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