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Point Lobos State Reserve

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Address: Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 4909
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Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area...

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.

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WOW-- stunning views. Hiking Point Lobos felt like a relaxing and much needed getaway. I loved every minute of this park. Views were outstanding and the sea life was amazing to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

WOW-- stunning views. Hiking Point Lobos felt like a relaxing and much needed getaway. I loved every minute of this park. Views were outstanding and the sea life was amazing to see as well.

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

This great little hideaway is just 5 miles south of Carmel and it has some hidden beauties behind it's gates. Sealions, deer, otter, spectacular views and breathtaking experiences. If you're near by, don't miss stopping to see what this park has to offer.

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

If you are in Monterey for just a little while I would put this on the top of your list of things to do, you will not regret it:)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We always visit this coastal park when we come to Carmel. It is so dramatic, and being just five minutes south of town, so convenient. There are two parking lots that hold 30 to 40 cars each, but they fill up by noon, so either arrive early or park along the highway (or rely on arriving just as someone is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Get there early or park on the highway. Hike as many trails as you can. I would suggest a map. We parked our car when we found a spot, wondered along the shoreline, came across trails and just enjoyed where they took us. I would suggest 2 hours if you want to feel like you got a good look at... More 

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Gorham, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Clean, well-maintained, and truly beautiful. We saw whales, seals, and many birds. The rangers/docents were very helpful and knowledgeable. If I lived in the area, I would definitely want to volunteer just to spend as much time as possible in this beautiful location!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We spend a couple of hours here walking the trails. The view is absolutely fantastic. A must do when you are in the area.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We've been here 4 times and plan to return in the future. The hike is easy-moderate with may rewarding views. Park on the side of the road outside the park as inside parking is often full and slow traffic to enter.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We had a wonderful experience here! We were lucky in that the weather couldn't have been better. Sunny, nice breeze, cool and refreshing so we walked a lot, over 5 hours, over many of the great trails they have. We were fortunate that it was low tide so we were able to get into the tide pools and see the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is a stunning and peaceful reserve. We didn't allow enough time to be able to stop and enjoy the walks and tranquility. You can use the same $10 car entry ticket at other reserves along the coast but you need to have factored in the time. I wish we had! If you haven't allowed time to stop and enjoy,... More 

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