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China Cove and Gibson Beach

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
+1 831-624-4909
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One of the most breathtaking Coastal Hikes on the Pacific

Around every corner you see an incredible view. Be it the Pacific Ocean, the coastal trees, the... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2016
Susan B
Carmel, California, United States
Must see!

So worth the trek to this beach. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best photo ops... read more

Reviewed September 9, 2016
Easton, Pennsylvania
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Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
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Reviewed October 12, 2016

Around every corner you see an incredible view. Be it the Pacific Ocean, the coastal trees, the view to Carmel Beach. There is parking but it does cost. 8.00 or if you park on Hwy 1 and be very careful, we lose alot of tourists...More

1  Thank Susan B
Reviewed September 9, 2016

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.

Thank KrisK64
Reviewed September 7, 2016

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...More

2  Thank sgcarmel
Reviewed September 3, 2016

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!

Thank 7Rutherfords
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...More

5  Thank Queen J
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...More

Thank azwade
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...More

1  Thank Kim N
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.

Thank Principe_Pat
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.

2  Thank Wakemaker
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.

Thank JPFred
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Doug B
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Response from conlopez | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I don't know either, but if you find you can it would be awesome. I will ask next time I am there and post it here.