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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 30 attractions in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Point Lobos is an amazing place that every visitor who visits the Monterey/Carmel area must visit. Whether you like hiking or not, this place is a must see. Point Lobos has a special history which I won't go into during this review. Point Lobos is a State Reserve which harbors amaziing views, of rocky coastline and the amazing Monterey Marine... More

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live 4 miles from Pt Lobos, hike it 2-3 times per month. It is popular and busy on weekends but for good reason. If your going to hike park outside park on highway #1 and walk in. Recommend going through wood to left and do the 5+ mile circle route. Exit the forest at Gibson Beach, take the 100... More

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

You will experience some of the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen. Seals, birds, otters and more . Sometime you can even see the whales going by !

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Carmel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

some rugged paths a good work out and a scenic exercise. There is a fee to park but if you park outside & walk in , it is free.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Please make this one of your stops. It is very hard to come up with words that describe Point Lobos. Put lunch and snacks in your backpack make a day of it. some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Bring your binoculars and camera. You will scream with excitement when you see whales spouting and the precious... More

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Even as a local, I love coming here. But try to make it early before it gets too crowded. Some people park on the highway and walk in, but this is so tacky. How do people expect the parks to stay open if they don't pay the entrance fee which covers maintenance etc. Point Lobos has an abundance of hikes/walks.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live really close and have been walking and running in Point Lobos for years. Try to avoid the crowds. People go scuba diving here as well.

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Park City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Heard about this Reserve & at last minute strolled in. If no car, no entrance fee. Map would be good but chose to view permanent displayed one. Docents were most helpful! Beautiful on a sunny day. Even weekend wasn't as crowded as it looked from road. Recommend Sea Lion Point Trail to see & hear them barking. Spectacular views even... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Point Lobos was a great place to visit. There was so many things to see and easy paths to walk along. We saw sea lions and harbor seals all playing in the surf. We wished we had more time to explore more of the park.

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Lovely views along the coast - the jade-coloured China Cove was a highlight - easy and well-signed walking. The only issue was limited parking.

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