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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.

Garrapata State Park
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Big surf north of Soberanes Point

Big surf north of Soberanes Point

Big surf north of Soberanes Point

Garrapata State Park, California

Date photographed: April 29, 2000
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Surf north of Soberanes Point

Surf north of Soberanes Point

Big waves from a distant storm pound the coast north of Soberanes Point.

Garrapata State Park, California

Date photographed: April 18, 2016

Glassy green waves at Garrapata Beach

Glassy green waves at Garrapata Beach

Waves up to twenty feet (6 meters) high on the long sandy beach at Garrapata.

Garrapata State Park, California

Date photographed: April 18, 2016

Mile-long Garrapata Beach

Mile-long Garrapata Beach

Large sandy beaches are rare along the Big Sur Coast, and Garrapata is one of the most spectacular.

Garrapata State Park, California

Date photographed: April 18, 2016

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