What a fantastic place to hike the trails, admire the trees and flowers, ooh and ah at the waves and beautiful color of the ocean, watch for otters, and gaze at sea lions. You could spend many hours here if you wished. Take a lunch or snacks; we did not see anything available. We went, as advised here, very early, as we had passed it on our way into Carmel the night before, and cars were parked along the street. If you do park there, I suppose you might avoid the $10 entry fee, but you will have a LONG walk to the trails that oversee the water. We saw very few people there by going early. Just a wonderful place. Don't pass this by!