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China Cove and Gibson Beach

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Address: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
Phone Number: 831-624-4909

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So worth the trek to this beach. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best photo ops. Wear good walking shoes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
KrisK64
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So worth the trek to this beach. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best photo ops. Wear good walking shoes.

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taking a beautiful hike/walk in Point Lobos State Park and you come upon a beautiful "China Cove" and Gibson Beach with emerald waters and cliffs that house many species of birds. You will see otters and seals lounging on rocks, it is a beautiful park and has so much to offer!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little cove is worth the walk. If you go on a day where the fog has burned off, the emerald colored water looks unreal. Pack a picnic in your backpack and enjoy, just remember to take your trash with you!

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Fresno
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

China Cove and Gibson Beach are both accessed from the same trail, The Bird Island Trail, and are about a 2 minutes' walk apart. Both can be accessed from the most southern parking lot (all lots fill up by 10am on weekdays and 8:30am on weekends - get there early as additional cars are not allowed in after the lots... More 

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Vail, Arizona, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Just visited this wonderful state park south of Monterey, CA. Best $9 (senior) I ever spent. Point Lobos State Park and China Beach and Gibson beach are wonderful places to visit. My wife hiked the trails and I ventured down the steep stairs to Gibson Beach and spent the day laying in the sand. This is truly some of the... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

China cove is currently closed for restoration. For years, that was my prized spot at this reserve. However, Gibson Beach is a 3 times bigger and just as picturesque. The view of Gibson Beach from the trail above seems a better reward than being down there on the beach.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Nice zone and worth going if you are in the area and have some free time to visit. However wouldn't detour just for this.

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Granville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Hiking in Point Lobos is a must while visiting Carmel or Big Sur. Hike every trail but especially China Cove. Breathtaking views. We spend hours enjoying all that ara has to offer.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We had a fun experience seeing the harbor seals and this years pups frolicking in the surf while the adults sunned themselves on the beach.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

China Cove is a very pretty little area, the seals and their pups were laying on the beach while we were there. So adorable

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