Garrapata State Park beach
The waves sets included some 10 footers today…
Garrapata Beach at Garrapata State Park is located along the northern Big Sur coastline about ten miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. The waterfront of the park is four miles long, but the only sandy beach is at the south end. Garrapata Beach has two parking areas along the shoulder of Highway 1. Both offer the same type of access down steep dirt trails, but the southern route near the bridge over Garrapata Creek is wider, safer, and more direct. Areas of this half-mile long beach are clothing-optional at times especially at the north and south ends where secluded spots can be found. When the tide is not high you can access the small sandy cove at Garrapata Creek at the very south end. Swimming at Garrapata Beach is dangerous due to cold water and strong rip currents. The state park has many hiking trails in the inland areas and along the bluff near Soberanes Point.