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Garrapata State Park

Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road, Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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May be closed ??

We tried to enter off Hwy 1 and the entrance was closed , don't know if you can get in another way... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
gmleven1
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Barrington, Illinois
Visit in the spring!

We visited in late May and were delighted by the fields of flowers before you get to the beach. We... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2017
SophieGiraffe
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This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road, Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

We tried to enter off Hwy 1 and the entrance was closed , don't know if you can get in another way. Was on our list to do- we journied south on 1. there were many vista stops and pull-over spots on the magical stretch....More

1  Thank gmleven1
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We visited in late May and were delighted by the fields of flowers before you get to the beach. We found a little stream leading to the ocean that had wild calla lilies growing all over. Beach was very clean and had lots of driftwood....More

Thank SophieGiraffe
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Big sur was (and is still) struggling with closures at the time of our visit, and from Monterey we could not go further than Big Sur ranger station, so we decided to try this park, and hike along the trails on the West side of...More

2  Thank Jozef v
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Several trails were closed during our visit, but aside from that, it was a great mile hike along the coast. Lots of small wildlife (rabbits, squirrels and such). Flowers were all in bloom this early May.

Thank DaveHV
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Just south of the Carmel Highlands area and at the beginning of the fabulous, dramatic Big Sur stretch, Garrapata has a series of well worn hiking paths along the ridge and also down to the beaches. The recent rains have provided for wonderful color that...More

Thank lindacrick
Reviewed 20 April 2017

There isn't much public access to the shoreline on Highway 1, but this park offers it. There's ample parking, and a pretty easy path down to the water. The beach is lovely with cliffs around it, and the waves break over it very picturesquely. it's...More

1  Thank DeeWhyte
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This roadside park offers beautiful scenic views of the ocean. Most people visit the coast to experience the scenery, so do yourself a favor and stop at Garrapata. Scenery changes with the weather, that's what makes this a great stop on your travels. Visit after...More

1  Thank Bev W
Reviewed 19 March 2017

It's hard to describe this place in a few sentences because it's so diverse. We spent a couple hours and walked about a mile and we've experience fog and clouds, burning sun, shady creek with calla lilies, ocean sand beach, ocean rocks, crystal clear fresh...More

1  Thank heckfy
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Garrapata State Park is an iconic spot to capture the feel of the Big Sur Coast. The key to getting killer shots is to hit the area at the right time, with the right cloud formations. While everybody loves a “bluebird” day, the best photos...More

11  Thank U7209LQthomass
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This place is beautiful. There are lots of paths to explore. There is a fee to get into the park [$10 I believe] but it is well worth the money. The roads [dirt] are nice and wide and there are plenty of places to stop...More

2  Thank Smithova
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Susan L
28 May 2017|
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Response from lindacrick | Reviewed this property |
2 weeks ago, yes the calla lilies were still in bloom...lots in the gully areas
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janegmorgan
30 April 2017|
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Response from Uncle Jack | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can drive in and some of it would be handicapped accessible . It is a State Park however and in my memory, only a small part would be easily handicap accessible.
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Dididivis
4 July 2015|
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Response from Lara M | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any rest rooms on my visit
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