Garrapata Beach is an ocean beach access point alongside highway 1 road south of Monterey.
What make this beach popular is the small creek that has many Calla Lily flowers blooming during the winter months (end of Feb. to April) as well as the sandy beach.
Do not confuse this specific beach with Garrapata State Park that is located north of the beach. Yes, the beach is inside the official park boundaries but far away from the main park section, see park map link at the end of this blog.
The exact beach access is Located 7.4 miles south of Point Lobos State Park entrance or if you are coming from the south this is 3.7 miles north of Bixby Bridge.
This is part of Garrapata State Park coastline section (west of highway 1), and the access points to this location are 18 or 19 on the park official map (see park map link at the end of this blog).
Beach access is year-round but Calla Lily flowers bloom only from late February to April.
These lilies flowers have short blooming season so if you want to see them you need to plan your trip to the exact weeks during the year.
For many highways 1 nearby parks and places to visit, see my blog links:
- Big Sur Highway 1 from Monterey to Morro Bay
- Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
- Garrapata Beach - Calla Lily Flowers Blooming
- Bixby Creek Bridge
- Point Sur Lighthouse and Top-Secret Naval base
- Andrew Molera State Park
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Pfeiffer Beach
- Partington Cove
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park - McWay Falls