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“Breathtaking Ocean Views”

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.
Richmond, Virginia
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Breathtaking Ocean Views”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Seals, Ocean cliffs, Sequoias, and trails for the novice walker to the more ambitious hiker. This is a surfer's drop point - do not be discouraged because once in the midst of the beauty between Big Sur and Carmel (views to Pebble Beach), you will not regret having to park near the hangers 10.

Visited August 2012
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“Cypress Grove Trail”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Great place for a short hike, we took the cypress grove trail which is just shy of a mile. Easy hike with beautiful views. The Cypress trees are eery but really cool. Definately watch out for all the poison oak though.... the other reviewers aren't kidding it is all over the place, stay on the trail.

Visited April 2013
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Taiwan
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“Must visit”
Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

Shouldn't miss this state park when in Carmel, way way better than 17 mile drive.. entrance is $10 and worth for picture taking whereever you go.

Visited April 2013
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Watsonville, California
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“Breathtaking views all year long. Great data trip.”
Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

We visit here a few times a year. And always something amazing in nature going on. In January we saw whales migrating and saw whale tails and spouting water. in Apr we watched in awe as baby seal cubs sunned next to their mothers and learned to swim. And the poppies and wild flowers are sprinkled through the park amidst all sorts of colorful succulents,
The docents are helpful. The hiking trails are well maintained and marked. China cove is open again ( it was closed for a year for refurbishing) and the trail now is longer and has great views of coves and bird rock. The Whalers museum is interesting esp. If the little barn next door is open with all the whaling items.
A hike we recently took meandered all the way to overlooking monastery beach. Point Lobos is our state parks at its best. Worth the park fee as you can spend many hours enjoying the beautiful scenery. Pack a lunch and picnic on one of the tables. ring binoculars if you have them.

Visited April 2013
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Riverside, California
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“Such Beauty!”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Many parked outside and walked in to avoid the $10 admission. BUT DON'T DO THAT! This lovely place is so big and beautiful, you will miss seeing much of it if you do not drive in! Take long walks while you are inside, yes, but if you are already tired from the walk in, you wont do much more walking! Anyway, take a picnic and enjoy some of the most beautiful coastlines you may ever see. And don't forget to take a walk along the many trails! Your parking pass is good for Big Sur, also, if you go there the same day!!

Visited March 2013
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