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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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Love this place. Quiet, gorgeous, perfect easy hikes. Saw a ton of animals and birds as awlways, and wildflowers were everywhere! AHH!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Sacramento
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119 reviews 119 reviews
13 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Love this place. Quiet, gorgeous, perfect easy hikes. Saw a ton of animals and birds as awlways, and wildflowers were everywhere! AHH!

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Pensacola, Florida
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you are local, the annual pass is a great buy. This park is infinitely walkable; never exactly the same any two times you take a trail. We would go early, take a picnic and leave as the crowds arrive. Beware! If you are not early, you may not get in. They are very careful about the numbers allowed in... More 

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Vernon, B.C.
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This might have been the hi-light of my mini vacation with my family. We love the outdoors and hiking in particular. I read about Point Lobos on Trip Advisor and it completely lives up to its billing. It is incredibly beautiful and anyone who is travelling to this area must go there for a walk/hike. You won't be disappointed. The... More 

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annapolis, md
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Wear sturdy shoes! We loved this place. It was magical. The Cypress Grove Trail required some balance as there is a rocky stretch where you must be vigilant in order to stay on the trail. We had seen a girl wearing flip flops and I couldn't imagine traversing that part of the trail without shoes that had excellent traction. It's... More 

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Waipahu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We visited Point Lobos at the suggestion of a docent at the Monterey Aquarium. We went there with no real intention of spending too much time there. We entered the park by foot and avoided the entrance fee, checked out the map site, and began our walk/hike around the perimeter of the park. The walking trails, comfort stations, picnic areas... More 

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

small and diverse unspoiled land with lots of beautiful wildlife to see in their native habitat. Saw a deer on our trail look at us from <30' for about ten seconds!

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Redwood City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A great place to see marine mammals (sea lions, harbor seals, otters swimming and sunning on the rocks, similar vistas to the 17-mile drive but less crowded. The highlight for me is the Cypress Trail, a 1 mile easy trail through a cypress grove with eerie orange lichen on the grey gnarled trees. It is at its most beautiful (imo)... More 

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Lots of hiking trails, beautiful views. Parking is $10, but you can park on the highway for free if you don't mind a hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Great nature walks, no you don't have to hike if you're not inclined to do so, and seashore vistas. See otters, sea lions and whale watch December-April. You will need binoculars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a little slice of heaven! The cost to get in is a bit high but the views are worth it! This play is so dear to my heart that my fiance even had a photographer hiding there when he proposed in October :)

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