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Garrapata Beach

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

based on 7 reviews


Added by Abe Blair

Garrapata Beach has easy beach and view access off of Highway 1 near Big Sur, California. This is a great spot for whale watching and wildflowers with 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.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

Garrapata Beach Reviews

Garrapata Beach is so pretty! It's so much fun to just watch the waves and relax to the sounds of nature here.

This is a great place to visit when going to Big Sur or Carmel. Hwy 1 is beautiful and this is just one of many stops you gotta see. The water color is amazing!

Whether it's the beach or the park, stop by. In the summer, the park will be especially beautiful with all of the wildflowers in bloom

One of the most beautiful spots in Monterey. It can get very crowded. The water here is beautiful.

An easy stop along the PCH. Be sure to catch this at low tide to reveal lots of cool tide pools and rock formations.

Large beach with beautiful caves. The walk down is surrounded by calla lilies and is right next to a little stream.

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Secluded Beach Near Soberanes Point

Calla Lily Valley

Soberanes Point

Bixby Bridge

Point Lobos Natural Preserve Loop

Cypress Grove Trail via South Shore Trail