Fulfilling Drive to Garrapata State Park through Amazing Monterey & Lush Big Sur in California, USA

While driving to Big Sur from Redwood City through Monterey, we had more time in hand so decided to also go to Garrapata State Park in California which is not that far from Bixy Creek Bridge. In this blogpost, we will share about why this State Park is special and how it's hikes, beaches & wildlife attracts lot of visitors who come to Big Sur, along with some tips to make your visit to Garrapata State Park special.

While driving to Big Sur from Redwood City through Monterey, we had more time in hand so decided to also go to Garrapata State Park in California which is not that far from Bixy Creek Bridge. In this blogpost, we will share about why this State Park is special and how it's hikes, beaches & wildlife attracts lot of visitors who come to Big Sur, along with some tips to make your visit to Garrapata State Park special. 



In less than 30 mins, we were at the parking area of Garrapata State Park. Parked our cars, deposited parking fees. There was no human in this parking area to collect the parking charges. Driver has to go to the parking fee station, grab a packet, put cash inside the packet and mention car number. After making parking fees payment, we started walking towards the beach area of Garrapata State Park.

In less than 30 mins, we were at the parking area of Garrapata State Park. Parked our cars, deposited parking fees. There was no human in this parking area to collect the parking charges. Driver has to go to the parking fee station, grab a packet, put cash inside the packet and mention car number. After making parking fees payment, we started walking towards the beach area of Garrapata State Park. 

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Garrapata State Park has 2 miles of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 15 meter climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. Supposedly, beaches in the Garrapata State park have been used for nude recreation.


Garrapata State Park has 2 miles of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 15 meter climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. Supposedly, beaches in the Garrapata State park have been used for nude recreation.


Garrapata State park is subtly marked with only one "Garrapata State Park" sign and nineteen discreetly numbered turnout markers, and aficionados prefer to keep it that way so it remains unspoiled. These numbered markers lead to some of the best Big Sur hiking trails. Garrapata State Park's redwood groves and spectacular coastline are largely hidden from the road, seen only by those who take to its trails.

Notice these structures around beaches of Garrapata State Park. It's usually quite windy here, but that's not the reason I guess. When people go into the water and come back, these structures are useful for changing.

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Garrapata State Park is an unknown Big Sur jewel which is a treasure to those who have discovered it and we feel fortunate that we planned to visit it along with a visit to Big Sur & Monterey.

Garrapata State Park is an unknown Big Sur jewel which is a treasure to those who have discovered it and we feel fortunate that we planned to visit it along with a visit to Big Sur & Monterey. 

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While walking between the beach and parking areas Garrapata State Park, we came across few birds making beautiful sounds and wild animals. Look at this curious fellow in above photograph.

While walking between the beach and parking areas Garrapata State Park, we came across few birds making beautiful sounds and wild animals. Look at this curious fellow in above photograph. 

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Garrapata State Park's unpopulated hiking trails provide access to both the beautiful Big Sur coastline and the breathtaking Santa Lucia Mountains.

Garrapata State Park's unpopulated hiking trails provide access to both the beautiful Big Sur coastline and the breathtaking Santa Lucia Mountains. Above photograph is clicked around one of the beaches around Garrapata State Park.

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While walking around the National Park, you also come across various small waterbodies with transparent water to enjoy reflections of the nature in it. We loved walking on these wooden bridges while going from parking area to beaches of Garrapata State Park.     It was lovely walking around Garrapata State Park around Big Sur in California.

While walking around the National Park, you also come across various small waterbodies with transparent water to enjoy reflections of the nature in it. We loved walking on these wooden bridges while going from parking area to beaches of Garrapata State Park. 


It was lovely walking around Garrapata State Park around Big Sur in California. 

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