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“Amazing experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos State Reserve
Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923
831 624 4909
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Ranked #1 of 28 attractions in Carmel
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Beaches, Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Whale watching, Scuba diving, Walking, Birdwatching
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Owner description: Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers hiking, walking, bird watching, scuba diving and magnificent views.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Greensboro, North Carolina
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“Amazing experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2007

We loved Point Lobos - a great place to see the amazing Northern CA coast without breaking your back! Miles of easy walking trails along the coast and through the woods with incredible breathtaking views. Some small tide pools as well. Saw seals and sea lions! One trail through a historic cypress grove overlooks Pebble Beach from afar.

Some people park outside and hike in - unless you are desiring a loooong hike to the scenic areas, I do NOT recommend this! It was well worth the $8/car to drive through and park right next to the trails! Plus, if you pay entrance to this park, you can use your receipt to get into other state parks the same day for free.

Water spickets are available at different areas - don't be scared if it looks kind of white. It's just bubbly - if you cup it in your hand for a minute, it clears completely! My husband was a bit worried....

Recommend dressing in layers! We were here in early October for almost a whole day. Warm enough for a tank top and shorts while hiking on some sides of the mountains/water, but I froze around the other side where the wind changed into a frigid gale!

Overall a spectacular experience, which even my hike-hating husband thoroughly enjoyed. Do not miss China Cove! It is incredibly beautiful and secluded!

I will upload photos soon - many beautiful photo ops!

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“Saw Our First Otter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2007

We saw lots of sea creatures! Jellyfish, an otter on his back eating, many types of sea birds. I even threw a stranded starfish back in the ocean. I was glad to have a scarf, it was a little chilly. Well worth the price! Something for everyone.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Don't miss this beautiful spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2007

Happened upon a write up on this in a travel guide. I had never heard of it, despite having been to the area before. What a well-kept secret! We (two families - one with a 2 year old and one with 7 and 9 year olds) LOVED it! I wish we would have left more time. We were probably there about 3 hours. Very easy paths to walk - even for a 2 year old. (But keep a CLOSE eye out - you're up high!!) Loved seeing baby and adult seals. Didn't spot any otters - or whales. Binoculars would have been a lot of fun to have! We first stopped at Cannery Point, had lunch (tables) and walked those trals, ending at the Whalers Cabin where the kids enjoyed a quick history and loved seeing old (real) whale bones and harpoons. Lots of great climbing trees around too; plan on taking your time! (It was across from the cabin that we wathced a large amount of seals for awhile (saw them in other places but they were a little further away.) Also walded Sea Lion Point Trail, and expored the Devil's Cauldron area - loved it, if not the name. There were many other area's we didn't get to because of time; I would go back to this area just to go here again! Very well-marked, wide trails! Only some handicap and stroller accessable, but all trails we were on were very easy to walk, and we are not in the best shape! The whole family enjoyed this! There are maps and trail descriptions online. I think we payed $10 per car to get in.

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“My Favorite Place to Go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

Point Lobos is beautiful, any time of year. We go there at least twice a year, and it is a different experience every time we go. You'll love it!

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“Best Hike in Monterey Region”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2006

The northern and central hikes are more dramatic than the southern hikes. Relatively easy terain with spectacular views. Makes the ocean views of 17 Mile Drive seem almost everyday in comparison.

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