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China Cove and Gibson Beach

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Address: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
Phone Number: 831-624-4909
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If you are visiting the Monterey/Carmel area, you MUST visit Pt. Lobos. China Cove and Gibson Beach will shock you with their sheer beauty! You will likely have never seen the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2015
AllenaKristina
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Orinda, California
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Orinda, California
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

If you are visiting the Monterey/Carmel area, you MUST visit Pt. Lobos. China Cove and Gibson Beach will shock you with their sheer beauty! You will likely have never seen the color of the sand and the water. This is not to be missed.

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Chugiak, Alaska
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This was amazing. It was beautiful and there were hardly any people there on a Saturday morning. The hike is short and clean and well marked. China Cove Beach was closed, but Gibson Beach was open. It was well worth the hike down the (somewhat scary) stairs. There are handrails for the most part, but it is pretty vertical. I... More 

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NYC
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114 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

A lovely place to watch the sunset. We saw Harbor seals and many birds. This is a quiet spot in October.

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Dublin, Ireland
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31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Go all the way back on the trails to Gibson Beach, it's just beyond China Cove which used to be very quaint and lovely but erosion has taken it's toll. Gibson is the south end of Point Lobos Reserve, a long walkable white sand beach that is private to the few who choose to venture that far. Very special. A... More 

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florida
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130 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Mesmerizing views from this walk, worth every step of the way. Easily accessible by foot, easy to moderate walk.

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Los Angeles
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

You must see this. Lovely views and amazing wildlife. Forget visiting Carmel and shopping. Go see this reserve and get back to nature again...the way life was meant to be.

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1 Thank KCCowgirlLosAngeles
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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

China Cove in Point Lobos is a stunning emerald green!! All of Point Lobos is spectacular with beautiful surroundings, great walkimg trails, beautiful ocean views.

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Miami, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Rare opportunity to view and hear deer, cormorants, seals, otters, pelicans, sea gulls, whale spouts out at sea, all in one location - call it an outdoor aquarium

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Orange, California
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46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Views were beautiful. Great place to take photos. Trails were easy to walk. Nice to see seals on the sand in China Cove.

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San Mateo CA
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Took this hike yesterday. The wildflowers are out and it makes for a nice walk down to China Cove and Bird Island. I always pair it with a hike in the other direction up into the forest. There are wonderful ocean views so typical of the area. I will attach a couple of pictures I took yesterday.

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