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Point Lobos State Reserve

Address: Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 4909
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Ranked #1 of 44 Activities in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Scuba diving, Walking, Birdwatching
Owner description: Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers...
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Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Scuba diving, Walking, Birdwatching
Owner description: Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers hiking, walking, bird watching, scuba diving and magnificent views.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Spectacular is my vocabulary word for the month due to this place. Every view is spectacular! Loved the trails. Should be somewhat fit to walk the trails down to the beach. But, just being down at coastline level at China Cove was a tremendous treat to the senses. Man trails around the area that should all be explored. I only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We loved the trails and scenery, and the sea lions. We didn't like the $10 price for a short 1 hour visit (all the time we had). It was nice having an information source inside the park to ask questions.

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Inverness, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

It has been called the greatest meeting of land and sea, and I can't argue with that. I have never seen such dramatic cliffs or such a dynamic collection of Monterey cypresses clinging to the edge. A special place to unwind and feed the soul.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

There's really no way to go wrong here so I'll keep this short. This place is beautiful, its probably one of the most beautiful places on the planet, as if you have been transported to a place of pure zen beauty. If you're in the are and you don't spend at least a couple of hours here, you're doing yourself... More 

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Saratoga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Loved the views and the gentle walking! Unfortunately, the fog rolled in and turned into rain, but still was a beautiful spot! ;)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Trails here were very well marked and often had wire railings making them easy to navigate. Many from which to choose. Beautiful, varied scenery, perfect for an afternoon hike. Take care on the weekends to get there early because parking is a bit chintzy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Hiked along the paths and enjoyed the ocean views and BIRDS... Paths are easy and there are a variety from which to choose... Usually the weatherr is variable -- but summer months usually produce more fog

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

you need to walk to explore and see all options. this is a great option from monterey, carmel and starting big sur. luck enough you can try some whale seeing from parking lot. lots of sea otters, sea lions, marine and wild life animals (birds) to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed myself here. The only thing that I find a tad disappointing or annoying are the trail boundary markers and the roping that marks the trail. I suppose I am used to more natural trails as you get in national parks versus state parks but it gives the impression of a manicured park and detracts from the wild natural... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We loved the view, watching the sea lions from afar, and walking down the steps to China Cove. A beautiful, relaxing place we'd definitely like to visit again.

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