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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 29 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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Los Angeles, CA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 NEW

It was such a lovely place to visit. We didn't have time to try out specific hikes, but it was nice to walk around the trails by the water. It cost $10 to get in, or add $2 for a trail map. The lots fill fast, but you can just keep driving to the next section if one lot is... More

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Skaneateles, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful ocean views and access to tidal pools at low tide. Stay out of the woods- poison oak is there, but not a problem if you stay on the trails.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Very close to Carmel, stunning dramatic scenery. We did the Cypress Grove trail - easy with the kids. Then we had a picnic near Bird Rock Island. Car parks very small so there's a bit of waiting involved to get a space. Worth it thought.

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Bay Area
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Great, easy trails to hike. You are rewarded with beautiful vista views and dozens of sunbathing sea lions.

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Been over twenty years between visits but the park remains one of my favorite spots. Compact but full of beautiful scenery, an abundance of wildlife, and easy hiking trails. Friendly, informative, and helpful staff.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

A volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium had suggested a stop at Point Lobos State Reserve for a chance to see whales migrating north. We did not spot any whales, but it was still worth the visit. Beautiful scenery and hundreds of sea lions on the rocks. Volunteers manned telescopes trained on the wildlife (sea lions and otters), but I... More

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Toronto
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this state park alot more than the 17-Mile drive (both cost $10 to enter by car). This park has some of the most easily accessible trails. The Cypress Grove, Sea Lion Point, and Bird Island trails are highly recommended. In April, there are seals pupping and gray whales can be seen migrating in the winter and fall. As... More

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Martinez, California, United States
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88 reviews 88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

By my own rating definition, 3=meets expectation, 4=exceeds, 5=blown away. This place didn't "blow me away" but only because my expectations were already quite high. This place is amazing; compact yet so much variety. The gnarly Monterey cypress, brambles of poison oak, deer and rabbits with no fear from humans, otters, harbor seals, cormorants, tide pools, crashing waves. And crowds.... More

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Carmel, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I live about one mile away from the park....it is well kept, great hiking trails, a handicapped trail, clean restrooms, and absolutely beautiful views of open ocean....sea lions, orcas, sea otters, and whales close enough to shore to see the spouts without binoculars when they are migrating north or south....they have an incredibly active docent group that are active in... More

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Perth, Australia
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13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Rugged coastline with seals and young on the beaches. Old whaling station with exhibits. Scenic walks can be had around the coast. The Reserve was the location for many Hollywood movies.

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