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China Cove and Gibson Beach

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
831-624-4909
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Ranked #8 of 28 attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches
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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Brilliant colours, spectacular views-the steep stairs may look intimidating but trust me, the gibson beach and China cove is worth it! The China cove beach access was closed, however we were able to go to the Gibson beach and had an amazing time just marvelling the beauty and enjoying the waves.

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Laguna Beach, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This cove was so beautiful. It was extra special because the sea otters were out playing in it. I could have spent hours here. The water was so bright and clear, I felt like I was on a tropical island!

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We visited Point Lobos specifically to see China Cove and Gibson Beach and it was absolutely worth it. The seals were pupping during our visit so unfortunately we were not able to walk down to the beach in China Cove, but the Gibson Beach access was open and desolate and just unbelievable. We were the only ones on the stretch... More

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Yorkshire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

On our honeymoon we were delighted to stumble across the our "own" beach. We visited on a quiet day and enjoyed soaking up the spring sunshine on this beautiful beach.

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Austin, tx
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

don't miss this part of point lobos!! it is so incredible and it was the best part of our hike! be sure to walk around past china cove to see the next beachy area as well!

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Sunnyvale, CA
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181 reviews 181 reviews
52 attraction reviews
708 helpful votes 708 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

China Cove and Gibson Beach are in the southern most area of Point Lobos State Park. Here are some tips on enjoying your visit to China Cove and Gibson Beach. 1. Dogs not allowed (what? this is Carmel!) , and bicyclists allowed only on paved roads leading to the parking lots, not on any of the trails. No RVs allowed... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

A beautiful spot, among many within Point Lobos State Park. The green colour of the water is spectacular!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

After hiking and exploring all day, we ran into China Cove and Gibson Beach at the very end of our day...I wish we would have discovered it in the beginning! These two spots just took my breath away by how amazing and pretty the beach/water was! Only a few people were at the beach area taking advantage of such a... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

It is hard to tell which is the best part of Point Lobos Park. But this is definitely one of the best! Views of seabirds and sea animals... Amazing place!

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Kirkland, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

You enjoy culture and nature in Carmel when you take the short drive to Point Lobos park. These white sand beaches and blue green waves and wild life are well worth the effort to exert you hiking skills.

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