The breathtaking Garrapata State Park is directly located along the famous HW 1. However, not many cars stop for a look; walk or climb some of the many hikes. In total, there are 19 stops.
The spectacular coastline, the beach, and hikes are worth for several stops year-round. The summer is the foggiest season. Clearer skies and the best time for a visit are September and October followed by April and May. The beautiful scenery of Garrapata with very view visitors was a marvelous highlight for us in California.
Spring (special season):
An amazing time when colorful wildflower carpets cover most of the coastal area.
If visiting the beach, the best time is low tide. At high tide, parts may be inaccessible especially during strong surf. Tide times for Garrapata Beach
The Garrapata State Park is utterly overlooked therefore not busy like all the other State Parks. It's such a breathtaking coastal scenery with awesome walking tracks that you shouldn't miss. Plan at least half a day and make several stops. You won't regret it.
It’s a moderate cool coastal climate with moist air. The average temperature is between 50 to 65°F year-round. Most of the precipitation occurs from October to April with up to 50 inches / 1270 mm. Fog happens between May and October usually from evening until late morning. If it’s hot in the backcountry, the fog might stay until the afternoon. It provides moisture for the redwoods along the coast in the dry summer months.
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Most people experience the Garrapata State Park by accident along the HWY 1 although it's worth to stay here for the entire day. It's one of the most beautiful parks along Highway 1. What we loved most; we were most of the time alone on the hiking trail. Very difficult to get such a benefit during August where all other parks are overrun. You always get a parking space even in the busy month of August. If your schedule allows staying at least a night here. The best situated hotel with spectacular views is the Resort Hyatt Carmel Highlands.
Texas Blue Bonnets everywhere...stop by the festival HQ run by the chamber of commerce in the town of Ennis to pick up a map and get the latest updates on where the flowers are blooming the best.
Every year from April 1 until April 30 depending on the weather. General peak is end of the 1st week of April to the 2nd week of April. Some areas usually peak slightly ahead of others.
Best months are from April to August with a huge variety of amazing blooming flowers. However, worth a visit any season. Can be crowded on weekends during the summer. If you visit in summer, you definitely shouldn't miss the Rose and Light Festival (Rosen und Lichterfest): For one weekend in June thousands of lights illuminate the garden!