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Point Lobos

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Point Lobos Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel, CA 93923
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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.
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Point Lobos Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed yesterday

We hike around Point Lobos every time in the Carmel/Monterey area. The Cypress Grove Trail is our favorite as it has very nice trails, rock steps, height and fabulous overlooks to the beautiful pacific. The Whaler's cover is interesting. Such a nice state park!

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Reviewed yesterday

We have visited - and admired - coastlines from a range of locations (e.g., Capri, Positano, Big Sur, Acadia, ...). The coastline and the views in this little park certainly rivals those views.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Breatutaking views and a wonderful trail system. This has to be the most beautiful place on earth - a must see. For $10, its a steal. We got there at 8 am and parking was plentuful. We left at 1 pm and there were cars...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Point Lobos is one of my favorite places in the world. It is a beautiful place to hike and to see sea life. The views are breathtaking. It is so heartening to see our majestic wilderness being respected and protected.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to point lobos as we heard some nice recomendations. It is a very beutiful place with several stops. Allthough thede stops only have limited parking space so it might be hard to park anywhere

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very crowed. No local fauna to be seen. Lots of people, lots of flowers, hordes of people looking for parking spaces. Parking on the road was over a mile walk to anywhere.

Thank JanesMom13
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The trails are well-maintained and there are plenty of different directions to go here. Whether you want to spend an hour or all day, there is something for everyone. Most of the trails are pretty flat, so it also works for all fitness levels. Watch...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not to be missed. Sea rocks trees wildflowers (mushrooms in autumn) sea otters harbor seals sea birds combine to make a location that has inspired artists writers and a host of others. Come early parking fills up. Take a picnic lunch—lots of places to eat;...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you can get there early in the day, you can find parking. Spend the $2 and get the map. Last time we got lost something fierce, and this time was so smooth with the map!

Thank Angela B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This location had a great trail along the coast where you could see nature at its finest. Beautiful views. They had parking available with a fee or parking along the highway at the entrance of the park. Either way it is worth it to make...More

Thank Ann S
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Mel A
June 18, 2018|
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Response from myreview165 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is a long way to LA for a bus ride. You can take a plane from LA (LAX) to Monterey (MRY).
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Ragdo
June 11, 2018|
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Response from TheKoonah | Reviewed this property |
You need to check on bikes; I don't think they are allowed on trails. There is a small parking lot to the north right after entering next to the whalers cabin and that is a good starting point to hike the more beautiful... More
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JONI C
January 29, 2018|
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Response from tntntnt2017 | Reviewed this property |
There is no trolley. It is Drive in and park and get out at certain locations and walk or hike to most sites. Probably not a good choice for a 7 month pregnant woman. A lot of poison oak in this park as well.. you must... More
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