Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Garrapata State Park
between Carmel Highlands and Big Sur California


Garrapata is Spanish for tick, not a very nice name for such an amazing stretch of coast. The park has expanded to now protect several miles of coast, from Otter Cove to Garrapata Beach.

There is also an interior component of the park, encompassing Soberanes Canyon with a string of redwoods, and Rocky Ridge rising abruptly to almost 2000 feet.



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Big winter surf south of Yankee Point

(January 7, 2006)


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Big winter surf south of Yankee Point

(January 7, 2006)


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On the clifftops above Soberanes Cove

(April 29, 2000)


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Rocky Point and the Rocky Point Restaurant on the Big Sur coast south of Carmel

(January 7, 2006)


Next Locality: Rocky Point