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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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China Cove at Point Lobos

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 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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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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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

If you like rocks... And you like water... And you like rocks and water. Then you would seriously love this place. There is lots of space to play around with the kids. You can climb all through the rocks or just sit and watch the waves. There are lots of chances for a beautiful pictures!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The beach was blocked from access due to the sea lions using the beach as a birthing area. The day we arrived the young seals were playing in the surf and staying close to mom.

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Here how China Cove at Point Lobos looked before the State Park staff decided to unilaterally block access to it and let the sea lions take over the beach there. People have been visiting the beach at China Cove for hundreds of years. Only the current Park Service staff decided to change all that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNrUjPp8Plk

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Pacific Coast, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

China Cove is and other worldly, tiny beach cove at Point Lobos. I have been visiting it since I was a child. A few years back, Park Service employees unilaterally closed it to public access in violation of the California Coastal Access Law. Their public statement was that the stairs were too damaged in a rain storm to allow access,... More 

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We often visit Carmel in April. That is the time when female harbor seals give birth to their pups. One of their favorite spots for birthing is China Cove in Point Lobos Reserve. Drive as far south as possible in Point Lobos. Then park and walk to the China Cove overlook. The Cove itself is closed to protect the mothers... More 

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Clark Fork, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

You CANNOT actually go down to the beach! It off-limits but gorgeous even from afar. Nice hiking trails and other beaches you Can lay on he sand and picnic.

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