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Address: Route 1, Box 62, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 624 4909
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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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Top Natural Wonder around Carmel

Point Lobos is one of the prettiest places you'll ever see. Hike around this California wonder by either parking your car outside (save $10) and starting your hike on the left... read more

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Point Lobos is one of the prettiest places you'll ever see. Hike around this California wonder by either parking your car outside (save $10) and starting your hike on the left path after you enter or parking at the Whalers Cove. This hike takes you around a very easy and colorful hike that go from a wooded area filled with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to with easy paths to hike and just walk around and view the pacific Coast of Carmel. Don'r forget ot explore Carmel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have been here many times and it is wonderful. Lots of good walking trails and great sea life. We have seen sea otters, seals, dolphins, sharks and even a few whales (or so we think!). It is a MUST DO on a trip to Carmel.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I stopped here on the spur of the moment on our way further south to Big Sur. We were greeted by a friendly, informative ranger who recommended a great 4 mile hike to us. The hike took us down to China Cove and then out along the coast line and back to the start. It was an... More 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unbelievable beauty, a fantastic mix of ocean and forest. Great place for a casual walk, picnic or just drive around the reserve. You can drive, bike or walk in. It is even wonderful in the rain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our favorite day ! Light hiking which brings a different beautiful view of rock, beach, seals, cypress trees and more as you progress the coastline and outer loop trails. We loved it and we're so happy we visited. We spent about 3 hours.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are not many places in the world as beautiful as the views seen on a hike through Point Lobos and the hike has a new view every ten meters or so. When you enter the park make sure to donate money to the parks donation box as well as grab a map for a dollar because there is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful place - GO EARLY IN THE DAY. It's so beautiful that everyone goes. But it is amazing without the crowds!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A really beautiful place - the sea, the rocks, the wildlife are all worth the visit. Even the lady on the entrance was nice!

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we were heading for Los Angeles area on coastal highway nr 1 and quickly stopped by at Los Lobos just to enjoy the spectacular views and sights. Hikes are easy and allows you to take some very nice pictures of th coastal area. Stayed for around an hour before continuing our trip but was worth it.

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