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Point Lobos State Reserve

Address: Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 4909
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Ranked #1 of 92 things to do in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, State Parks, Beaches, Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Scuba diving, Walking, Birdwatching
Owner description: Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, State Parks, Beaches, Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Scuba diving, Walking, Birdwatching
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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San Jose, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This is one to put on the list. This really is a must see. It's Beautiful. You can spend the whole day hiking around... taking pictures and just exploring. It's breathtaking. Before my wife and I move out of CA I'm going to take my drone there so I can take photos of the sea lions on the rocks there.... More 

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Half Moon Bay, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Fantastic spectacular hiking and coastline views. Just do it. Plan to stay for awhile and explore many trails. Take in the old ranger station and talk to the docent about the history of the cove and abalone divers in the early 1900s.

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Woodside, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is one of our favorite places. The views are spectacular at any time of the year. The hikes are quite easy and mostly level. It can be windy and cool, so bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt.

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We were lucky with a nice February sunshine. The walk along the coast is fantastic with the ocean washing the rocks. A lot of seals of all kind, birds and even whales in the distance. The south walk takes about 90mn, but it's worth it.

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Reno, Nevada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Exceptional beauty and sea life when taking one of the many trails through scenic areas. Week days when the crowds aren't so bad is the best. Make sure your camera has fresh batteries. Pack a picnic, you won't be sorry.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We saw seals and breathtaking views...what's not to love?? Actually one of the most beautiful places I have been to in my life. Take a windbreaker - it can get windy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is one of the best "state" parks I've ever been and it has a little bit of everything for everyone. Hiking trails, excellent view points to sea and also to see wildlife such as sea otters, sea lions, birds or even kayaking. I do not want to compare "apples" to "oranges" but there is a reason why state parks... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a gem -- lots of hiking trails, well-maintained, and the views are stunning. We even saw a lot of sea lions resting on the beach!

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west mifflin
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33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Spend the $10 per car & do it...you will not regret it...nature at it's finest at every turn...spectacular views and sea otters by the hundreds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Spent the most amazing afternoon at this park, hiking the rocks, looking in tide pools, jumping in the waves, and more. To my delight, three children of various ages LOVED it, and I overheard one tell the other, "When I am an adult, I want to bring my kids here." Best review a mom could ever hear. One hint...if you... More 

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