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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 30 attractions in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bethesda, Maryland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Beautiful scenery and easy hikes through the park. Wherever you park take the nearest path and go for it. We saw about 100 seals!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Pt Lobos State Reserve is only ten minute drive from Carmel and is a must for locals and tourists. Visit any time of year or weather. The best way to enjoy is to get out of your car and walk. Stunning views will surround you and comfort you.

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

This is an unbelievable place in California. Entrance to the park by car is $ 10, if you walk to the park, it is free. You can walk if you park on the street, it is a 15-10 minutes beautiful walk to the location. The waves are incredible. A place not to miss, ideal to bring snacks and spend 3-4... More

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Stony Brook, NY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

If you love great views and wildlife, this is the place to go.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

Words fail me when attempting to describe the trails at Point Lobos. No matter how many times I visit, I am always transported. Every bend in the trail reveals something different: another incredible vista, a micro-climate, the sound of sea lions, the scent of the forest. Tips: Park your car on the side of the road and walk in to... More

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Texas
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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

Drive about three miles south of Carmel and park on the road. Take your wind breaker. Walk into the park. After about 3/4 mile you will come to the coast. Select the trail to the right to see the most spectacular views of the coast. The trail loops back. Now, walk the other trail out toward the sea lions. If... More

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Irvine, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

After you see Point Lobos, you will be thankful for the experience. Between the orange fungi covering some of the cypress trees and sea otters feeding on the kelp, you will be amazed by this place. The views alone will make understand why our parks are truly state treasures. If you have a California State Parks Pass, you will pay... More

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Sacramento
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

This park is huge and gorgeous. There are all kinds of hiking trails ranging from relatively flat along the coast to more intense hiking inland. We were blessed with a beautiful, clear sunny day on our trip here and grabbed some amazing photos of the aquamarine ocean water. This park is so close to Carmel, don't visit the Village or... More

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Culpeper, Virginia
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33 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

I grew up in Salinas, CA, so Carmel was a regular haunt once I was old enough to drive. Just south of Carmel on Highway 1 is Point Lobos, a state nature reserve. It is my favorite place on the planet (and I've been around). The ocean and shore are dramatic. If you get there early in the morning and... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Stunning views! If the parking is full just park alongside the road and walk in.

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