Big Sur is the royal gem of central California! Sure there are plenty of beaches near the bay area and a few that are much closer to metropolitan areas but do not miss Garrapata State Beach on your next trip to California!
We spent our 4th of July taking the 2 hour road trip to Big Sur and we were not dissapointed! The weather was perfect for a beach day, sunny and hot! Finding this beach is a bit tricky! There isn’t a large sign so you have to really keep you eyes out for it, we just looked for parked cars on the right side of the road.
Once we started the short hike down the trail we couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was!
The stairway made it so easy to reach the beach.
Everyone on Yelp said it was the “Hawaii” of California and I couldn’t agree more! The water color was gorgeous!
The sand was also Hawaiian quality with its brown sugar soft feel!
There was so much to explore! With large rocks to climb on.
Or you can enjoy the view from your beach towel.
The big is large and you can easily find a good spot to hang out!
We loved how the rock walls here were different from the beaches we have seen closer to the bay area.
A fun walk on the beach! We loved how the jagged rocks added contrast to the flat beach!
The fog started to roll in (around 2) and that was fun to watch!
The hillside really is beautiful here!
As we packed up to go we made the hike back up the stairs and gave Big Sur one last goodbye!
There is not a prettier hike back up to your car from a beach!
The drive back was so pretty
It was pretty cool to drive through the fog!
Our baby went sound to sleep which means it was a good beach trip!
Google Map to Garrapata- 120 miles from San Francisco
This is a very difficult beach to find because there is no clear marker! You will go past Los Lobos and keep an eye on lots of cars parking to the right and left of the road and you will know you are there!
Weather wise the beaches in Northern Cali are usually a bit chilly so be prepared with a jacket just in case! Also be aware there are no restrooms at this beach. We used the restrooms in Carmel before venturing on. Have you been to Big Sur? What did you love about it?