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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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Point Lobos is a must visit. You'll probably have to spend around 2-3 hours to cover some trails, but if short of time and had to do one, the Sea Lion Point Trail should definitely be on the top of your list. Not a strenuous walk, and you'll be able to see beautiful coastal scenery, and lots and lots of... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

There is no need to look further for a good coastal park in California. Point Lobos State Reserve has everything you could possibly look for. They have trails more inland if you want to walk through the woods, steep trails and leveled trails, fantastic views of both the coast of Carmel and the Pacific Ocean, and wildlife everywhere. We went... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

My family has discovered this beautiful spot many years ago. It is an amazing preserved gem of a location that has many beautiful areas to explore. From the historic Whaler's cabin where you can see real old-time whaling artifacts, to the beach where seal pups lie next to their mothers, to the rocky beaches which over time have exposed the... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Located about 20 minutes north of the main entrance to Big Sur, Point Lobos State Reserve just outside of Carmel is a fantastic way to spend a few hours. The entirely reasonable entrance fee allows you access to the full park which includes 9 different car parks, all of which offer a huge range of scenery. There are two things... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We spent a month in Carmel renting a house and did ALL the top tourist activities. Without a doubt, our #1 favorite was Point Lobos. Yes, it is crowded, but that is because it is so amazing. Park on the street outside the park and walk in to avoid the traffic jams inside. All the trails are easy and everyone... More

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We recently returned from a trip to Monterey CA area. We spent a delightful day at Point Lobos, hiking the various trails and enjoying the incredible scenery. We saw deer, turkey vultures sunning themselves, many sea lions, and lots of great shoreline beauty. The weather was sunny and warm, and it was a fantastic day. We arrived early before the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I got to experience Point Lobos for only a couple of hours on my way to Big Sur but it sticks out in my mind as one of the best destinations on the PCH 1. If you like scenic nature and wildlife, this is the place for you. We were able to witness humpback whales migrating past through an informative... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gem of a small state park, with gorgeous coastal walks, otters, seals, and succulents galore. "Scenic" doesn't even begin to describe the place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We saw otters, sea lions, pelicans, and many people said they saw whales but unfortunately we couldn't see any. You can rent binoculars for free from the park rangers (just give them your car keys to hold onto). This is an absolutely amazing place to visit, especially in the morning. Parking filled up FAST after we got there, and some... More

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful lookouts, great and numerous hiking trails. We spent about 2 hours longer than we planned because the humpback whales were feeding and it was captivating to say the least. At one spot we were watching them that was from a higher vantage point, we could actually hear them making various sounds. Totally awesome,

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