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Address: Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
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Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature...

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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Amazing place

You must go there if you are in carmel. I really loved the view and the hiking. You can park your car outside and don't pay but I prefer to pay and park inside because I was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Alexandra M
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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You must go there if you are in carmel. I really loved the view and the hiking. You can park your car outside and don't pay but I prefer to pay and park inside because I was really tired.... the fee is 10 per car. Really beautiful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a few hours at Point Lobos yesterday and took advantage of the guided nature walk. The guide was VERY knowledgable and we learned so many things about plants, geology, critters, and the amazing cypress grove we strolled through. It was a cold day and my daughter was hungry so we had to leave the tour after almost 2... More 

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Vancouver Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent 5 hours walking all around the park and it was spectacular. The paths are very clear and the views SO beautiful. We could easily see otters and seals. There are many trails that intersect so you can walk for as short or a long as you want. A very special find for our time in Carmel.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Point Lobos State Reserve on a rainy Sunday. Parking fills up fast. We were there before 9 am and could park in Whalers cove. The scenery is spectacular!

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Thank Birds9084
California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spectacular views from all the trails, knowledgeable docents, and even well maintained bathrooms! Go early on weekends - it gets busy and parking can be a challenge.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This has to be one of the most beautiful walks in the world on a sunny day! You can crawl out to rocks at the water's edge, see a natural bridge, and watch families of seals. You can park once and walk the entire trail, or you can drive to various areas, then park and walk. Plenty of restrooms. Most... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is wonderful place to spend some time taking in the spectacular ocean scenery with magnificent crashing waves and rock formations. We were fortunate to see numerous harbor seals both swimming in the coves and basking on the beach. We also spotted several otters. Bird island is aptly named as there were thousands of birds there. Unfortunately some of the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were hesitant to pay the $10 since we'd just driven the coastline to Big Sur and were afraid we'd just see the same thing we'd seen all day (which is breathtaking of course). But we were so happy we did. It's totally different as it is an actual hike around a lagoon-like area where the water is all shades... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very popular so go early or late. Many people park outside and walk in but i like to pay the fee to help the Park to continue to take good care of it, and the sea life. Docents add a lot to our understanding.

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite places to hike when in the Carmel area. Easy hikes with beautiful views of the ocean. You can often see migrating whales, harbor seals and otters. The park docents are very nice and have binoculars you can borrow.

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