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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 #8 of 25 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
24 attraction reviews
373 helpful votes 373 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 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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10 reviews 10 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
12 attraction reviews
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
35 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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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
54 helpful votes 54 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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