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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
azwade
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Vail, Arizona, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Enjoyed the short walk from the parking area to see the beach and then walked back via the wooded area. An easy walk and very enjoyable.

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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

Amazing clear day with sea otters & pups. Wild flowers! Amazing day. Great place for picnic lunch, and many hikes available.

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Falmouth,MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

China Cove is beautiful. 25 years ago, it was my secret hide out. Point Lobos has become very crowded in the past years, so many more people have discovered this incredible reserve. Now, I try to visit on weekdays and during off hours ( early morning).

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