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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: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Scuba diving, Walking, Birdwatching
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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Point Lobos State Reserve is one of my favorite places on earth. With its cypress forests and crashing surf it is easy to swept away by its beauty and grandeur. You can hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Point Lobos State Reserve is one of my favorite places on earth. With its cypress forests and crashing surf it is easy to swept away by its beauty and grandeur. You can hike pretty much through the entire Reserve and it is a photographers dream. Weston Beach (named after the famous photographer Edward Weston) has rocks stratified with abstract patterns... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The views from the trails are out of sight. The rocky shores, the colors of the water, the sound of the waves, the sea lions and the birds make for an unforgettable experience. The walks are not long, and rather easy, the trails well marked. There is a $10 charge for parking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We arrived mid-day and drove out to to Bird Island at the end of the road. Many picnic tables and nice easy hikes to enjoy the gorgeous surf and rocky shore. We have visited this park many times and enjoyed the different areas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We've been to Point Lobos countless times. Words are inadequate to describe this gem of a state park. Within its small area you not only have the privilege of watching otters play in the surf, but seeing critters in the tide pools (stop at one of the parking areas along the main road), enjoy some short hikes, go to the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Point Lobos was pretty fascinating, but lacked what I had read about on TripAdvisor. Stunning views for sure, but no one in my family seemed utterly impressed. Got there early as recommended, which avoided people and traffic, so highly recommend getting there when it opens. One of the guides in the reserve mentioned it being low tide, so a good... More 

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Point Lobos should be a must visit for everyone who comes to the Monterey Peninsula. The Reserve has great rock formations, cypress groves, crashing waves, tunnels, beaches and sweeping expanses. But it also has great wildlife. If you come the right time in April you can see harbor seal females actually giving birth to their pups in the waters of... More 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The $10 charge to get into the park was well worth the cost. There are several easy to walk paths that get you out to some of the most spectacular views. We were able to observe a large group of seals that were sunning themselves on the beach and there was another area where there were signs indicating that the... More 

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Trinity, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

So much to see.....bring the camera! The trails the animals the docents are well versed on the park. Be careful of poison ivy, but stay on the trails. Be sure to see where they go into dive...and then climb up high overlooking the bird island.

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Lodi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Point Lobos encapsulates everything that is beautiful about the Carmel coastline. The views are breathtaking and the hikes are doable for even young children. The park is for day use only, and does have access to divers. Be aware, the park does not allow dogs - even in the vehicle, but there are many Big Sur access points that do... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful hiking area with plenty of views of the coast and plenty of sea mammals and birds. Trails are well marked and mostly easy. China Cove is absolutely one of the most beautiful spots in the world with plenty of seals, sea lions and otters to watch. Highly recommend this place

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