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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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Seriously Beautiful

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Santa Clara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The water looks like jade, you can't get down to the beach anymore because the stairs are too old and a family of Seals lives there but it's still beautiful and worth the walk out there. We took a picture and had it put on canvas hanging over our bed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We alway like to go to china Cove beause the water is so stunning but unfortunatly it is closed for over a year. I am not sure why they are not working on the steps to get down to the beach at China Cove.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Really beautiful cove and beach. When walking along the trail to it, you feel like you've discovered some sort of hidden paradise. Unfortunately, you can no longer hike down onto the beach. The vews are still incredible and it is worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

We took some time out of our trip to point lobos to enjoy these two spots. They are both great places to stop and enjoy watching the waves and to take in the amazing views.

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