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Point Lobos State Reserve

#1 of 110 things to do in Carmel Features Animals
Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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amazing & accessible

Point Lobos is probably not as famous as other POIs in Monterey / Carmel areas but definitely... read more

Reviewed December 27, 2015
Lujun F

A must see at the northern end of Big Sur. We did two great trails. The Sea Lion loop was great... read more

Reviewed December 25, 2015
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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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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed December 27, 2015

Point Lobos is probably not as famous as other POIs in Monterey / Carmel areas but definitely amazing! There are hiking trails across the whole reserve if you are adventurous, but there are also stroller accessible trails as well (marked clearly on the $2 trail...More

Thank Lujun F
Reviewed December 25, 2015

A must see at the northern end of Big Sur. We did two great trails. The Sea Lion loop was great. We also saw a wonderful sunset over the Pacific on the Cypress loop..

Thank mafischl
Reviewed December 24, 2015

great views, and a chance to see a lot of sea lions and seals. Great photo ops as well. Every corner has something different to show you and amaze you.... plan to spend at least an hour.... hiking opportunities.

Thank LeonorM27
Reviewed December 23, 2015

I loved Point Lobos. No matter what hike you did you had beautiful views and surrounded by nature. I loved every second of it. I saw the sunset here, my first full California sunset and it was spectacular. Loved everything about it. Stop here, please!...More

2  Thank Racheyyrayy
Reviewed December 19, 2015

There are many scenic areas along the California Coast. Pacific Grove, Carmel, the 17 Mile Drive are all nice but Point Lobos is the jewel..This is my absolute favorite place to take visitors or visit myself.. I don't think there is any other place where...More

1  Thank Chiguy064
Reviewed December 18, 2015

Beautiful ocean views, hikes along the coast and nearby coastal meadows and forest. Steeped in history. Tidepools, secluded beaches and magnificent sea view. View wildlife on land and water. Picnic in a beautiful natural environment.

1  Thank Gary F
Reviewed December 17, 2015

Pay your $10 at the gate (per car) and drive into an incredibly beautiful reserve. Numerous places to pull out and park. Tons of walking trails (through forested land or windswept beaches and cliffs - take your pick!). We saw harbor seals birthing, beautiful hawks,...More

2  Thank KC W
Reviewed December 16, 2015

My wife and I visited Point Lobos after reading some of the reviews. We were not disappointed. We are both over 65 but the walking was not difficult and the views were spectacular. This is a do not miss location just south of Carmel.

1  Thank Ned M
Reviewed December 15, 2015

The coast of California is beautiful in my locations, particularly along the Big Sur coast. However, the State Reserve at Point Lobos is a gem, a magical stretch of coast with inlets, rock formations, teal waters, birds, seals, otters; places to walk, sit, picnic. It's...More

1  Thank SJSmonterey
Reviewed December 15, 2015

Point Lobos is among the top choices for State Parks in California. Although the parking lot seemed crowded, once we were trekking along the coastal paths, we felt like we had the place to ourselves. A highlight of the park, for me, was Gibson Beach...More

2  Thank Nelginy
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May 17, 2017|
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Response from iMunros | Reviewed this property |
We were there for three or four hours which gave plenty of time for photography, exploring different trails, etc, but you could have a worthwhile visit in a couple of hours. Worth buying the trail guide, I would say. There... More
May 2, 2017|
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Response from Lisa d | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there are many flat trails!
April 11, 2017|
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Response from pstearn | Reviewed this property |
They are doing some path construction at Point Lobos right now, so I would do the North trail. You can walk in, take the Carmelo Trail to Whaler's Cove and then walk up the steps to start the North Trail. Or you can drive... More