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China Cove and Gibson Beach

Address: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
Phone Number: 831-624-4909
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Ranked #9 of 44 Activities in Carmel
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Storm Lake
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

sit opposite the Cove and paint to your heart's content! The light changes rapidly as the sun traverses the sky, so be quick, and inhale the aura as you try to catch this magical place in your paintings. OF course, you need a tripod and a good camera to get a picture. Cell phone will not get it, even if... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The staircase to the beach in China Cove was closed and not sure for how long as there was vegetation growing. In any case, keep going for the amazing views.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

At Point Lobos State Reserve, China Cove is one of the spots with the emerald green or turquoise water. It is surreal. The steps leading to the beach were blocked off for maintenance so we were not able to get to the beach within China Cove. However, just a short walk around the corner, Gibson Beach was open during our... More 

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San Diego
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135 reviews 135 reviews
26 attraction reviews
383 helpful votes 383 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a very pretty hike and is part of the Point Lobos State Park. Parking in the park is limited (almost sounds like an oxymoron - - ha ha). But if you are looking to hike, just park outside the park and walk in. There is a charge for cars going in ($10 iirc) but no charge for hiking.... More 

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Giv'atayim, Israel
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Both Gibson Beach and China Cove are part of Point Lobos that is a great place to visit. Recommended mostly in spring or autumn and on weekdays so that there are less visitors. Also recommended in the afternoon, just before sunset.

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Tucson
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It is part of the Point Lobos State Reserve. Visit these two beaches when you are there. Great natural setting.

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Santa Cruz, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

VERY crowded in the Summer months, so if you prefer a less crowded area with parking accessability try to go during the off season. I would personally wait for Fall/Winter.

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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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