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“Harbor Seals!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos State Reserve
Ranked #1 of 104 things to do in Carmel
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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.
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“Harbor Seals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

II was there in July and there were a lot of harbor seals to watch. They sure seem to have a great life! Lounging on the rocks and swimming playfully. The headlands here are breathtakingly beautiful. There might be fog and a breeze- bring a windbreaker.

Visited July 2013
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“If You Can Only Visit One Place on the Pacific Coast, Go Here!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We set out early in the morning to travel the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to San Simeon, so we were the first people into the parking lot at Point Lobos. TIP: Wear a warm jacket, preferably a windbreaker! It was about 50 degrees with 35 MPH winds and not a cloud in the sky. We went straight to the parking area at Sea Lion Point, took several of the short trails there and then took the North Shore Trail around to Walrus Cove. We are in our 70's and it was a long hilly walk, but where it was steep there were steps, so it was not particularly difficult. We were able to see the elephant seals on the rocks, whales spouting, and river otters in the kelp beds. If you don't have binoculars to spot the otters, the docent at the Whalers' Cabin Museum (at Whalers' Cove) has a good telescope that he'll set up for you. If you miss this park, you are definitely missing the most beautiful coastal scenery of the whole PCH. BTW - there is a wheelchair accessible trail from the Sea Lion Point parking area

Visited October 2013
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The hiking is beyond belief. Spectacular views. They could use more parking but obviously they did not want to disrupt the landscape so it is understandable.

Visited October 2013
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“Super way to explore all sorts of environments of the coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The trails are well marked and not so long that our kids did much complaining. You can explore both the seaside as well as the hill environments with spectacular views and sites. On the one side of the park, you can watch for sea lions as well as sea otters and - if you're in luck, even see whales in the bay.
On the other side of the park you can wade into shallow tidal pools teeming with different types of mollusk, algae, etc.
In between, you get to get face to face with beautifully twisted pine trees, some apparently up to 300 years old. And there is a small, original whaler's hut that gives you some insight into the Abalone trade (and more).

Excellent for everyone that can hike up sometimes steep or root-riddled paths.

Visited October 2013
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“If you only do one decent walk.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

...near Carmel, make sure it is here. Totally stunning scenery and wildlife. We arrived just after breakfast and spent a wonderful half day exploring the fascinating trails. This is the best value 10 dollars you can spend. Just sorry we haven't visited before - we certainly hope to come back and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and environment.

Visited October 2013
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