Relax at Garrapata State Beach

Rate this Adventure Monterey County, California

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Mitch Pittman

Beach
Easy Parking
Groups
Romantic
Scenic

The California central coast is all about beaches and this tucked away park in Monterey County is one of the prettiest you will find.

There is no wrong way to wind down after a day around Monterey, but there is nothing more quintessentially Californian than cruising down the coast to take in the sunset on the beach. Drive down past the hordes of people at Point Lobos and soak in the views on the way to Garrapata State Beach, where you will be able explore hidden coves all to yourself. 

There are a few parking areas with trails that weave along the cliffs above the beach. Make your way down either a staircase or a creek drainage to get to the sandy beach where you can climb sea stacks (big rocks sticking out of the beach and water) or simply relax and take in the incredible views.

Any time here would be stunning, but the sunsets are really something special.

If you feel like a little more adventure there are numerous trails to the north including a longer trail that leads way up into the hills looking down on the Pacific. 

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Mitch Pittman

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