We visited Pt. Lobos between Christmas and New Year's 2013. The park itself is magnificent, not to be missed, with breathtaking views of the ocean and shoreline. A natural wonder.
But,… it is hard to enjoy and see the park when you get in, can't park, and it is overcrowded. We arrived at 9:30AM, and the only parking left was at the far end near China Beach. We could not park at the Cypress Grove or Cannery areas, and since we had already walked miles (and lost our parking space) we couldn't see the attractions at these sites.
By the time we left at 11:30, cars were backed up to the highway trying to enter and "freeloaders" were parked for at least half a mile along the highway north and south of the entrance. I say "freeloaders" because it costs $10/car to enter (and park if you can!), and those parking on the highway get in for free unless they make a voluntary contribution. They should pay their fair share for the upkeep of this magnificent treasure.
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