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Point Lobos

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Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers hiking, walking, bird watching, scuba diving and magnificent views.
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Point Lobos Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel, CA 93923
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 December 2013

I have visited Point Lobos at least twenty times in the last four years. Here is what I have learned, and I will use this review as my own guide for future visits to this park. 1. Check the hourly weather on the weather internet...More

31  Thank robert c
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

This place used to be pretty but since it's #1 on social media it's not worth it anymore. It's simply overrun. The parking lot fills up by 9:15, the cars are parked along Highway 1, which people use as a trash bin and outdoor toilet,...More

8  Thank shelley2444
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful clean trails with options for light scrambling on rocks on the shore. Lots of wildlife. Bring comfortable shoes, snacks and fluids. You'll park in one spot and walk the trails.

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 3 days ago

My only advice for visiting this park is to arrive EARLY so that you can park inside the park. Otherwise, the park fills and you have to park on the dangerous Highway 1, which isn't very safe and cars get broken into. But once you...More

Thank raygay
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our first visit. The trails are well paved, not much in terms of elevation. We saw hikers of all ages, we did the triangle from the entrance to the sea then down to china cove and back. There isn't much shade, so we...More

Thank priscillat342
Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked into the park because parking is very limited. No charge if you walk into the park. Easy to follow the trails and everything is well marked. About a 1/4 mile level walk to the main trail heads from the entrance gate.. Cypress trail...More

Thank dolls111
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited on 9/21/2018 (Friday): Parking was full when we arrived so we parked on Highway 1 and only had to do a short walk to the entrance of the park. Not only did we not have to pay for the parking/entrance fee, we also did...More

Thank BrutolMotent
Reviewed 6 days ago

By far our favorite day in the Carmel area was the one we spent exploring Point Lobos. Simply breathtaking! This is a DO NOT MISS location. Great hiking trails, and helpful rangers who enjoyed giving our daughter information about the animals she was seeing.

Thank efloraross
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful state reserve with lovely views that my coworker told me about. We did the South Shore trail and Cypress Grove Trail, and spent a couple of hours there in total. We made it there Saturday after 2 PM, and didn't feel...More

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely, lovely ocean views with beautiful trails to follow. At the right time of year you may even see butterflies everywhere. We enjoyed the lively seals as well and watching the crashing waves. We return every year.

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here as part of our coastal road trip. Its definitely one of our favorites! Most amazing views!

Thank MHL77
Reviewed 1 week ago

heaven on earth, lived nearby, visit,as often as possible. free entrance for walk in or bike ride. go!

Thank michael l
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Laura D
18 September 2018|
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Response from Marybeth F | Reviewed this property |
We went during the week. We had no problems. Get there early. Pack a lunch.
6 August 2018|
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Response from Vacation0714 | Reviewed this property |
There's a great cafe in Carmel called the tree house. Great food and service. No food at Point Lobos. May be nice to bring trail mix and water or whatever you'd prefer to keep your energy up. We walked at least ten miles at... More
Dennis P
25 July 2018|
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Response from HandsomeMoose | Reviewed this property |
We saw lots of tidal pools. Check the parks website for hours. If low tide is at 5:30, you will have plenty of time to see the shore if you get there when the park opens.