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Point Lobos State Reserve

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Address: Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 4909
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Activities: Scuba diving, Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Hiking, Walking
Description: Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area...
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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Gorgeous but watch out for the poison oak!!

Seriously. Do not go off trail. Poison oak is a very bad deal. Unfortunately my husband and daughter learned this the hard way.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Seriously. Do not go off trail. Poison oak is a very bad deal. Unfortunately my husband and daughter learned this the hard way.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a must-visit park along your journey. Particularly lovely walk along the coastline with great views and wildlife.

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Pasadena, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Easy trails to get around for a wonderful day hike. Amazing views. Stop in at the little museum it's a nice bit of history. Every step is an great photo op.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

easy hiking, walking paths, beautiful views, saw artists painting the landscape, saw wildlife, even had nice bathrooms!

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Boulder City, NV
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great views, good parking LOTS of trails. Cypress tress, rocky coast , birds, deer & sea animals. Great for photographers.

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Dublin, Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

amazing hikes, beaches (go in deep to Gibson, China). take a picnic lunch and spend half a day here at least. incredible nature lesson, guides and docents are fantastic. kid friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Remember not to hyperventilate when you gaze upon what mother nature has done with this coastline. The spectacular coast line is complemented with a variety of coastal birds, sea lions, otters, along with lots of land based mammals including some very tame deer. It seemed like every bend in the trail presented another award winning photo to be taken.

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Santa Rosa, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This was our second time visiting Point Lobos and this time we got smart and arrived at 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning in order to get in and find parking. Arrive early if you want a parking spot and then don't leave until it is time to go. According to my Fitbit we walked 8 miles and I think... More 

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Long Lane, Mo.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I asked my hubby what his favorite part of our California trip was, and he said the talk through Point Lobos. It's natural and beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Permit is required but its worth the fee as its the area's best diving with easy entry access. While two spots can be dove, one is from the boat ramp, the other requires a kayak to get to and you cannot beach. Fantastic support facilities, bathrooms, tables, fresh water gear rinse area. There are trails and lookouts for the rest... More 

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