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Point Lobos State Reserve

Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923
831 624 4909
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Beaches, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Scuba diving, Walking, Birdwatching
Traveler Description:  Point Lobos State Reserve is a "must" when visiting the Carmel area.  A small fee will gain you entrance into the park.  The ranger will gladly hand... more »
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Bay Area, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

You can't miss this if you are in the area. Absolutely the best California has to offer in natural scenery, flora and fauna. If you go on a weekend you had better go early if you want to drive in and park or you will be waiting in line to enter the park as cars leave because it fills up... More

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Rochester, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It took us 2-3 hours to walk all of the trails and we were tired at the end. The trails are fairly easy to walk, not too much up and down. Starting out at the Whalers Cabin Museum one gets a helpful understanding of the significance of this area and how/why whaling was important. Once you get past the museum... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

If you ever wanted to be in those places that you see in National Geographic or in brochures for travel destinations - this is your place. The "trails" are very easy and the rewards are phenomenal. Emerald and turquoise water in secret looking coves, waves crashing and churning, flowers growing on the cavernous rock walls, majestic cypress trees with dripping... More

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Sunnyvale, CA
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58 attraction reviews
819 helpful votes 819 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

20 tips for Point Lobos 1. The best time to visit is Fall or Spring. Winter is too wet and cold, and summer has the marine layer. 2. What do RVs, motorcycles, dogs, and credit cards have in common? They don’t take them at Point Lobos. I saw one lady smuggle a Taco Bell dog into the Park – the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This was one of the greatest surprises of our trip to Monterey. We wanted to go hiking and Point Lobos came highly recommended. We were not disappointed. We hiked for a good two hours and made it through about half the perimeter trails. It was stunning. We were in awe of the natural beauty. We could have stayed for many... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful places we found along the Northern California coast. The trails have great views of large rocks in the ocean, crashing waves and sea lions basking in the sun. you definitely want to get there early or late as the parking can fill up. We found parking by the picnic area which was a... More

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Southlake, Texas
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The very best $10.00 you will ever spend. You pay the $10.00 to enter the park and park near the trails. They definitely deserve the money. The place is very clean and the trail are wonderfully maintained. There are also docents in the park and restrooms.There a two main trails - one out a stunning rocky point into the ocean... More

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Reno, Nevada
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Awesome trails take you by the sea. Watch out for poison ivy though!! At one point we saw painters and employees to tell us about the animals living in the area. There is no place like Carmel. It's absolutely breath taking

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Santa Monica
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16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

If you want to drive arouns and gaze at the scenery, you can. Or take short walks to the shore and to the amazing lookouts. Or take a 2 hour stroll along the shoreline for a real feel of the place. Monterey Pines, sea lions, birds galore, gorgeous rocks, and a cool, moist sea breeze. What more can you ask... More

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Astoria, Oregon
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66 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

its a wonderful reserve..... even with many visitors, it doesn't get crowded. I think they actually control the entrance on busy summer days, making sure not too many cars disturb the beauty of the place. wonderful trails for hiking. we never pass up observing the otters. its a wonderful show and tell how well Marine Reserves and connecting Marine Protected... More

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