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“a small walk to get a big view”

Point Lobos State Reserve
Ranked #1 of 108 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.
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“a small walk to get a big view”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

take time to see, it is worth it. we drove by this several times before going in. great views of the water and rocky shoreline.

Visited October 2013
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“Truly Amazing Vistas”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

What a truly amazing State Park. I've never been to a state park before with such amazing vistas and views of the local wildlife. There are places where you can see tons of birds and seals off in the distance. The rugged coastline makes this an amazing place to visit for fans of photography. And you can meet some interesting people on the trails.

This place is definitely worth a visit if you're anywhere near the Monterey peninsula.

Visited October 2013
Thank Frank C
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Sandy, Utah
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“Stunningly Beautiful”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

The first time I visited Point Lobos was in 1992 and I've revisited 4 or 5 times since. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and magical coastal areas I've ever been to. There are places within this reserve that make you feel like you're in a Lord of the Rings movie. The sea life to be seen is extraordinary and the landscape rugged and mystical. I love this place. The kelp beds, the otters, seals, walruses and birds. The Cyprus trees. The It is indeed one of the most breathtaking spots along the entire North American coast. So alive and exhilarating. A must see.

Visited September 2013
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Salem, Oregon
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“A great place for birders!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is one of my favorite places! The docent at the whaler's museum took the time to answer all my questions about the biology of abalones and we discussed the history of the early whalers from the Azores. She was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed a picnic as we watched divers and sea otters in the cove. (Bring your own food, because there is none nearby.) A short hike to Bird Island included walking through the pines, looking down at an inlet with Egrets, and then viewing several islands. One was covered with pelicans, which had just arrived. Bring a jacket to ward off the fog and sea breezes.

Visited October 2013
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“A "must see" attraction!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Based on previous reviews, although we were only in the Monterey/Carmel area for three short days, this was on our bucket list. We went to Cannery Row, the Monterey Aquarium, Seventeen Mile Drive, Pebble Beach golf course and lodge, Carmel Beach, and Point Lobos State Park. The Park is rated #1 for a reason! The most spectacular ocean views, cypress trees, sea otter, sea lions, etc. while hiking the various trails. We had perfect weather, although later in the afternoon, the breezes made it necessary to wear a light jacket. Our visit was in September, so crowds were not an issue. The only problem I encountered was taking too many pictures! Do NOT miss this attraction if you are in the area.

Visited September 2013
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