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“A hike for everyone”

Point Lobos State Reserve
Ranked #1 of 110 things to do in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
San Jose, CA
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“A hike for everyone”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

There are so many ways to explore this very special part of the world...people come from around the world to Point Lobos...how funny that people who live much closer have no idea about it! There are tidepools, seals, otters, deer, whales and flora and fauna to explore at every turn. The water is a lovely aqua color, the hike through the grove near the Interpretation Center is very 'sedate' and will blow your mind...and don't forget to slow down and just sit on a rock on the North side of the reserve looking at the waves do their thing...mesmerizing!

Visited January 2013
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Coquille, Oregon
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Beautiful, jaw-dropping scenes of the gorgeous Big Sur coastline. There simply isn't much to beat the view. Only wish I'd had more time to spend here.

Visited January 2013
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Seattle
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“Stunning views”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Beautiful park with easy hikes and amazing views. Caught a glimpse of several gray whales in January.

Visited January 2013
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Connecticut
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106 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Beautiful, well spent day”
Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

This park was gorgeous, well kept, and full of numerous trails. We easily spent the day exploring the beautiful coastline and the varied scenery and vegetation along different trails. Make sure to visit China Cove beach, where the seals loll in the calm water, and also Whalers' Cove where we saw a sea otter floating happily and where the ranger told us whales may also be seen. There is a small but interesting museum there about the whaling history of this place. Everything seems very well maintained. There were also real toilets, at least in the piney forest, which was another plus. Overall we spent a great day walking and enjoying the views, and I am glad we made the time to visit while staying in Carmel. So worth the $10 to support this wonderful park.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Amazing place.”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We visited on our way from San Francisco to LA. It's really worth stopping for few hours. It's completely wild area, full of spectacular displays of Mother Nature's powers (wind broken trees, weather weathered rocks, caves, rugged coastline). There are several paths to take, 2 main ones will take you through the old forest and over the cliffs, other one along the coast all the way down to screaming ocean and waves battered cliffs. What a spectacle. We ended up cold and soaked, full happy and in awe of wild nature.
It's true that there is an entry fee to the park, but it helps to preserve the park and stops ignorant passersby from overcrowding the area - even better!
There are no full facilities in the park except the toilets and information board, so brink your own supplies.

Visited March 2012
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