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“Super way to explore all sorts of environments of the coast” 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
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“Super way to explore all sorts of environments of the coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The trails are well marked and not so long that our kids did much complaining. You can explore both the seaside as well as the hill environments with spectacular views and sites. On the one side of the park, you can watch for sea lions as well as sea otters and - if you're in luck, even see whales in the bay.
On the other side of the park you can wade into shallow tidal pools teeming with different types of mollusk, algae, etc.
In between, you get to get face to face with beautifully twisted pine trees, some apparently up to 300 years old. And there is a small, original whaler's hut that gives you some insight into the Abalone trade (and more).

Excellent for everyone that can hike up sometimes steep or root-riddled paths.

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“If you only do one decent walk.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

...near Carmel, make sure it is here. Totally stunning scenery and wildlife. We arrived just after breakfast and spent a wonderful half day exploring the fascinating trails. This is the best value 10 dollars you can spend. Just sorry we haven't visited before - we certainly hope to come back and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and environment.

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“Saw orcas and heard sea lions!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Take the afternoon to walk around the many pathways along the coast in Point Lobos State Reserve. I could have spent hours here just meandering all the trails and taking photos. Photographers will find this area particularly appealing as there are so many different landscapes area to see -- they are all just so dramatically different. It's $10 to enter the park in a car, but I also saw people entering by foot who didn't seem to have to pay.

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“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

A lost paradise. Crashing waves and the Big Sur type coast line except you can walk and hike to your heart's content. Seals at one point. Frequent whale sightings at others (although we didn't see any). Lots of birds. Beautiful plants and stunning trees with that atmospheric cobwebby hangings (like cottonwool cobwebbs for halloweed).

We also chanced upon a very friendly volunteer who had his telescope set up so we could view otters and seals much better.

Highly recommend a trip to Point Lobos.

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“Go! Put this on your list!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Even if you're not all that outdoorsy...this is a must go place. The views are AMAZING. We actually went back twice (even paying the $10 entry fee) to get more pictures of the waves crashing. We got to also see seals and otters. We mainly stuck to the easy paths. We also packed a lunch and ate at one of the many picnic tables they have.

This is a great place; you'll get amazing pictures which I think highlight best what this area is all about.

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