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China Cove and Gibson Beach

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Address: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
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Wave To An Otter....Smile Because Life Is Short And This Spot Helps Keep You Centered.

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 18, 2016
Wakemaker
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Granville, Ohio
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

Lovely little cove (closed access at the time of my visit) with lots of seals, some of whom had babies with them- very cute watching them trying to pull themselves up on the beach.

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016

If you want to get down to the water while you visit Point Lobos, these are the points to where you definitely want to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

If you're looking for a lovely, non stressful outing in a beautiful setting this is it! This is not a real hike. it truly is a stroll...

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