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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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Not to be missed point on PCH 1 journey

Point Lobos state park is just below Monterey and it is a true emerald and well kept secret in CA. It truly is a very beautiful place with many points and trails. Our favorite was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Point Lobos state park is just below Monterey and it is a true emerald and well kept secret in CA. It truly is a very beautiful place with many points and trails. Our favorite was China cove, almost private beach with just remarkably beautiful location. Wooden stairs take you down to this location (you gotta be careful while climbing up... More 

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Sanford, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Coming from Big Sur I thought nothing could get better than that, but it did. Happened upon this park on my way to the hotel and had to stop. Amazing views of seals, rocks, Cypress trees, and wonderful trails. Saw deer grazing 20' from the path. Beautiful all around. A must see. Make it part of your Bucket List.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We spotted whales and found hundreds of hermit crabs, sea urchins, snails, and bigger crabs crawling about the tide pools. The trails are well marked and shaded. Definitely coming back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went to Point Lobo while visiting San Fransisco around May. It was pupping season and access to the beaches was blocked. We did see a lot of young seal pups. We could see the mother teaching the young pups to swim. It was amazing to see them in nature and in the wild. It is certainly a rare sight... More 

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Ojai, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Well worth a walk -- unusually beautiful and not hard to access. Too bad no dogs! Gives a good sense of the development of the coastline.

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Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I just visited Point Lobos for the first time on my 70th birthday! How can I have lived so close to this gorgeous area and taken 50 years to visit. The vistas are breathtaking and the wildlife spectacular. My camera went through two batteries. A MUST SEE for visitors to the Monterey Bay area and the SF... More 

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Point Richmond, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

A must visit when in the Carmel area... Nicely maintained and a true gem... wonderful place to just go for a short walk or spend the day hiking and taking in all that the area has to offer...

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Gassville, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This place is absolutely spectacular, one of the greatest views I have ever seen. Great place to see whales as well.

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Hoxie, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

My husband, two sons and I spent a day at Point Lobos with my husband's aunt, who lived in nearby Monterrey. We took a picnic lunch and spent half a day there. There were breathtaking trails near the cliffs. If you have small children you should keep them close by because a rope is all that separates you from the... More 

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San Francisco, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Of all the beautiful places in beautiful California - and there are MANY! - Pt. Lobos is one of my favorites. It's easy, historical, well marked and maintained, and breath taking. Pt. Lobos is truly an invaluable gem for all to share and enjoy; a visit here will greatly enrich your life!

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