Relaxing at Garrapata Beach

San Francisco Soberanes Point Trailhead

Added by Abe Blair

  • Easy beach and view access of Hwy. 1
  • Great whale watching and wildflowers
  • Amazing photography opportunities at sunset

A wonderful roadside beach and state park. Easy parking on both sides of Hwy. 1 with short access trails. There are almost 2 miles of coastline trails heading north and south from the parking area. The north end of the beach is great for swimming and surfing when the sea is calm and the south has some large rocks that make for great photography and wave watching. In the winter, there are great viewpoints for whale watching also!!

You can also catch amazing sunset and sunrise photography and beach combing. Spring brings great blooms of calla lillys and ice plant along with many other smaller flowers.

Pack List

  • Sandals
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Water
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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How to Get There

over 1 year ago

Doud Creek makes a winding gully through the sand in the spring, and there is usually a hidden waterfall at the upper end of the beach.

over 1 year ago

Added by Abe Blair

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