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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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So much fun, but get there early!

Great vistas, tide pooling and hiking. We saw seals, sea urchins, anemones, starfish, crabs, lots of birds and with binoculars, sea lions. Before we knew it, four hours had... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 25, 2015
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Daphne, Alabama
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Daphne, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great vistas, tide pooling and hiking. We saw seals, sea urchins, anemones, starfish, crabs, lots of birds and with binoculars, sea lions. Before we knew it, four hours had flown by. This park is popular, so get there early. Take food and water, too. The park has restrooms, but does not sell food or drinks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2015

The beautiful Pacific Coast, birds and sea lions (or seals ?! :)) The territory is large, so only a / m. Parking there, but the place is small, there can be problems. Food and water should be taken along. And be sure to have comfortable shoes! You must visit here!

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Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2015

DO NOT miss the beautiful views along the costal trails. Arrive early to get a parking spot. Cameras are essential.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2015

We really enjoyed this nature preserve known for dramatic views and ocean wildlife. In addition to seeing great craggy cliffs dropping into the pacific ocean, we spent a little time watching the sea lions on the beach. Gray whales and sea otters are also known to frequent the area. If we’d had more time and could find thick wetsuits, I... More 

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Westlake, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2015

Wonderful park, as all the other reviews confirm. Go early though, as the parking lots fill up early, and when the park reaches capacity, they won't let more in. Bring binoculars and eat before you come or better yet, bring a picnic lunch. Good access to restrooms at many of the hikes.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2015

There are multiple coves, hills and hiking trails. The ocean boulders are wonderfully shaped with numerous holes that water surges in and out of. We loved walking which was only steep when descending to the beaches. Admission is $10 per carload, good for the day at any state park. We went early which was very good. When we left things... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Point Lobos State Reserve has perfect trails for beginner hikers and families with children. Trails are mostly sand layers and are roped off for preservation efforts. Some trails have stairs and there are intermittent benches placed for rest or observation. Public restrooms are centrally located. Lots of poison oak, but far more beautiful landscapes to admire from any of the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2015

I thought we would take a quick walk through, but luckily we had lots of time. Every corner and bend provided another Kodak moment. Put this park on your bucket list.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited on a Saturday in July and arrived at 11am, the park's parking was already full, but as we arrived some cars did leave, which meant we could drive into the park. We did find a parking space near the coast. The views from the shore was amazing. We did see alot of animals: sea lions, harbor seals, sea... More 

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Rockwall, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

I would say that 98% of my reviews are positive but I was disappointed with this place. It was a rainy day with lightening that sparked off fires so it was closed when we first went (not their fault). When we returned late afternoon, we paid the $10 fee (some people park on the road to avoid the fee but... More 

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