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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 28 Attractions in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Alpharetta, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We stopped here with no real idea of what to expect from the park. We were utterly amazed at its beauty. We intended to spend a couple of hours but after spending a couple of hours we couldn't stop. We ended up walking and spending time on each trail staying until dark. There are trails with benches where you can... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful park with up to hours of trails. The first of two big highlights for us involved going across the park to the devil's cauldron (a unique rock formation) where we saw many seals. Also, on the south end of the park is China Beach (beautiful beach once featured in an Elizabeth Taylor movie) and Bird Island... More

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Newbury Park, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We taking hikes though the forest and rugged coast. Great place to observe the birds and sea lions. The reserve is easy to access both outside and inside with good parking and picnic facilities. This is a place we always visit when in the area.

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san antonio, texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The views and photographic opportunities abound at every turn. The docents that give tours are excellent and the paths are well marked. Also, the park staff were very friendly and very helpful. It's a great day's outing; best when it is not packed.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I liked the area! At opening, it's quiet and you can enjoy the grounds in (almost) peace. Since it's the closest park to Carmel/Monterey, it attracts a LOT of tourists. A lot of 'intelligent' people thinking they can walk with sandals for some reason. Beautiful views of the coast and grounds. A good spot if you do not have the... More

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Palo Alto, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Nice hike there, but more wildlife in the spring. The drought has had some obvious effects on the landscape

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145 reviews 145 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Not surprisingly, this is a destination that is highlighted by most guide books and I can understand why. The trails aren't that demanding physically but it's a good idea to where appropriate shoes or walking boots. Depending upon how long you stop to take photos, it will probably take you a good 4 hours to walk the circuit of trails.... More

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Los Altos, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Every time we visit we see new flora & fauna. This time it was Humpback whales spouting & jumping just off shore & otters trucking along + Snowy Egrets & Great Blue Herons.

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Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is the most beautiful place I have ever been. A small fee admits your vehicle for the day. Easy parking and easy hiking. We were able to watch humpback whales breaching from the cliff tops. Truly amazing to be surrounded by such beauty.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

What an incredible place to go to get it all. We hiked through the trees, along the coast and through meadows. It was amazing seeing all the different habitats. We especially loved standing on the edge of the cliffs looking out over the water, scouting for whales. It is easy to imagine what it was like so many years ago... More

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