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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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Shreveport, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, scenic and wonderful. Don't miss! We enjoyed the walking trails and the natural discoveries we found at ever turn. The water was crystal clear and we loved watching the sea lions.

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Richfield, Utah
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Wow! This place has it all. Breathtaking views, tide pools, beautiful groves, and exciting wildlife. I was in heaven! My kids loved it too. We saw harbor seals, monk seals, barking sea lions, playful otters, crabs, anenomes. Among the cypress groves we saw a doe and her fawn. We walked along the tide pools, along the cliff side trail over... More

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Pleasanton, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The view are fantastic. Some reviews suggested saving the ten dollar parking fee and parking along the road outside the park and walking in. If you don't want to walk a long,long way into and out of the park the ten dollars to park is well worth it. Then you can hike to your heart's content along the beach.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Parking is a problem but the view is amazing. People crowd to this place at sunset for a reason. Actually here 11-26-11.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Gulls, seals, sea otters, cormorants, and plenty of humans gambol in the waves and on the rocks here. Fantastic scenery, helpful rangers, parking, places for picnics. Minimal fencing doesn't restrict visibility but might not be sufficient for youngsters; plenty of cliffside trails. Do not miss this state reserve.

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Petaluma, CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Point Lobos is a wonderful place to spend a day. It is a short drive from both Monterey and even closer to Carmel. There are many well marked trails,most easy to hike with appropriate footwear. Leave your flip flops in the car and be aware that the entire area is rather thick with poison oak. Stay on the trails and... More

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Danville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Just outside of the well-worn tourist destinations on the Monterey Pennisula, this is a gem for easy and picturesque coastal exploring. Easy walking trails to more rigorous hikes are possible, with picnic areas in many spots. There are no concessions in this park, so bring your own snacks and water, but plan at least a 2 hour visit to enjoy... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I've visited Point Lobos in the past and this trip did not disappoint. Docents were onsite as there were thousands of birds nesting on Bird Island. Trails were well marked as was the Poison Oak (which was helpful as my fiance and I were not aware what it looked like). There are trails for kids as well as more avid... More

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New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We absolutely loved it here! Walking/hiking all around was beautiful! Make sure you wear good walking shoes. The views were spectacular. Someone pointed out whales to us and then we were watching for them for the rest of the visit! Worth the $10!

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San Jose, California
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14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went there twice, once for a short exploratory excursion - just me and my wife, and then a few days later we brought the kids and the in-laws too for several hours of memorable walking. The place is beautifully preserved, the weather is fantastic, the views outstanding. Will bring my parents there too, when they visit.

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