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Point Lobos State Reserve

#1 of 110 things to do in Carmel Features Animals
Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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A Wonderful place to see!

A day time park that is a delight at every cove! Many places to visit in this park. They also give... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Milpitas, California
A Reserve

Parks are for people, reserves are for animals. This is a CA State Park. Parking is limited... read more

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Mike K
San Marcos, California
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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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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed yesterday

A day time park that is a delight at every cove! Many places to visit in this park. They also give a senior discount! Don't miss China Cove! Beautiful white sand and water that looks like you're in the Carribean! Bring your camera and take...More

1  Thank QueenGlenda
Reviewed yesterday

Parks are for people, reserves are for animals. This is a CA State Park. Parking is limited. There are miles of trails with the greatest ocean views. From out on the point you can look north and see Monterey bay. Take a lunch and water...More

1  Thank Mike K
Reviewed yesterday

This is a wonderfully well-preserved park with well marked and maintained trails. Open from 8am to 7pm daily Bring your camera! Parking: There is an entrance fee of $10 per vehicle. The lot only holds a certain number of cars, so people also start parking...More

1  Thank Diana D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'd start by saying, unless you are outdoor adverse, just go. Go early, bring comfortable walking shoes and a bathing suit. Great vistas, well kept trails, easy walking, lots of photo opportunities, al kinds of plants, birds, sea lions and or harbor seals. A truly...More

Thank CharlieinTexas
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I brought our new camera gear to this place so we can test it for an upcoming Safari trip. We were not disappointed. First of all, we love the hike around Point Lobos, although, if you hike the Cypress Grove Trail (north...More

Thank MimieW
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thank God they spared this piece of heaven where land meets sea in the most beautiful way. If you were going to be on the Monterey Peninsula for just 2 days you would HAVE to go here. The hikes are as strenusous as you want,...More

1  Thank markz377
Reviewed 6 days ago

We walked around the whole perimeter of the Reserve, a distance of about 6 very easy miles. The north side was more interesting than the south side with dramatic cliffs, bays and views. We spotted a whale at one point and loads of otters and...More

1  Thank Hepatacyte
Reviewed 6 days ago

Dear Log; Having lived in the area, I am familiar with the rugged coast line. It is a fiercely beautiful place. The trails weave around the woods and along the coast. I decided to brave a Saturday afternoon in August at Point Lobos. For most,...More

Thank Justine_CMT
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrive by 8 AM if you do not want to park outside the immediate area! Otherwise you can park along the highway. Get a map as you enter the area and take the time to view all that you can! Make sure you have your...More

1  Thank Caroline S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Point Lobos State Reserve is one of my most favorite places on the Monterey Peninsula. Great place to bring the kids.

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18 May 2017|
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Response from iMunros | Reviewed this property |
We were there for three or four hours which gave plenty of time for photography, exploring different trails, etc, but you could have a worthwhile visit in a couple of hours. Worth buying the trail guide, I would say. There... More
2 May 2017|
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Response from Lisa d | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there are many flat trails!
12 April 2017|
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Response from pstearn | Reviewed this property |
They are doing some path construction at Point Lobos right now, so I would do the North trail. You can walk in, take the Carmelo Trail to Whaler's Cove and then walk up the steps to start the North Trail. Or you can drive... More