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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great place, superb views, if you don't have lots of time, get straight to the beaches they are on the birds island trail, they're just stunning

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

First off, GORGEOUS. The place is fantastic. My wife and I enjoy moderate to not-too-hard hikes and this place has a lot of them with fantastic rewards at the end of all of em... absolutely beautiful ocean views. My one tip is even though we didn't get to spend as much time there as we would have liked... we got... More

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Vigo, Spain
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We went there to watch the sea lions, and although they were far away and a little hard to see, it was curious to hear all the noises they made, and it is a very nice experience. We entered the park without the car and walked to the point view. You can walk through the road an get there faster... More

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Westlake Village, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Make sure you visit Point Lobos while you're in Carmel. It's only a 5 minute drive on Hwy 1 from Carmel by the Sea. If you plan on visiting other state parks along Hwy 1, pay the $10 entrance fee and you'll get a receipt that entitles you to visit all the other parks for free on that day! It's... More

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Plano, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Fantastic trails and beautiful views. Lots of up and down treks, so not for all! We had to park on the road as the lot was full, but it is not a far walk to enter the park. Bring water! Not much available there.

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Oxford, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a very small state park, but it is very diverse and quite beautiful. There are spectacular coastal views and lovely trails. There also are inland trails in the pines. You can see harbor seals and sea lions as well as rocky coasts and a sandy beach. I have been here many times in all seasons--and it is always... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I never discovered this jewel even though I've lived in the Bay Area for so long and have visited Carmel so many time. Skip the walk along downtown and make a quick trip here. For $10 parking fee, you can enjoy the landscape and if you're lucky enough like us, we were able to witness sea otters chillin', whales baiting... More

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

For the $10 entrance fee try to be there early, so you can visit another state park on the same day. This fee covers all state parks.

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Vancouver BC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Wonderful scenery and hikes. We saw lots of whales. My tip, strong winds require some sort of sweater. A simple T- shirt will not cut it.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Point Lobos is one of the most beautiful state parks, and it is so easy to access! The trails are all short and easy. You will see native Monterey Cypress, various coastlines, idyllic beaches tucked in coves, sea caves, birds, and there are always sea lions, and seals on the beaches. Beware the poison oak! its every where! stay on... More

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