Relax at Garrapata State Beach

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Added by Mitch Pittman

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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3 months ago

Beautiful spot in Monterey

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

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4 months ago

stretch your legs

This is a great park to stop at along the PCH. Come for an amazing sunset if you're staying nearby.

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5 months ago

Garrapata has so much to offer

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

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6 months ago

Great stop on HWY1

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!

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6 months ago

Gorgeous

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

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