Relax at Garrapata State Beach

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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. 

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Beach
Easy Parking
Groups
Romantic
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

From $176/night

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

1186 San Andreas Road

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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