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Point Lobos

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Point Lobos Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel, CA 93923
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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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Point Lobos Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thankfully this land is a protected reserve and state park. Filled with interesting walks, glorious views of nesting cormorants in May, baby harbor pups and their moms filling the protected beaches and waters, otters at play, and incredible wild flowers! Plenty of poison oak too,...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I spent a few hours at Point Lobos Reserve and went on several different hikes - at the recommendation of a volunteer in the park. Get there early - there aren't many parking spots - or park on the road outside the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just south of the tourist crush of Monterrey and the upscale boutiques and restaurants of Carmel you will find the Point Lobos State Park. Here the narrow road winds through the trees and calms you as you observe the 15mph speed limit. Shortly you will...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a tour with a wonderful docent - Randy - a passionate & well-informed tour guide of the Cypress forest tucked in this iconic preserve by the sea in Carmel. If you have an hour or more to take an informative stroll - DO...More

Thank Gloria L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place, we were lucky enough to go on a Friday, when crowds were small. When we drove by on Saturday, the entrance was packed, so I recomend going on a weekday if possible. great views and easy trail

1  Thank Melanie F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From little coves to sea lions, cliff drops and crystal clear blue waters, I highly recommend Point Lobos as a must see if you're in the Carmel/Big Sur area. Bask in the quietness and enjoy the sights, they're divine.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most beautiful places on earth. Great for short and long hikes with kids (easy walking). My kids love it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That state reserve offers some nice and short hikes, often along a rugged coastline offering beautiful views and the occasionally wildlife sightings. Good for some photographic opportunities from some different vantage points and/or macros as there are many plant species as well.

Thank sjwillkommen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the morning here birdwatching and watching the mama seals and their babies haul out of the water onto the beach near the old Whaler's cabin. We also saw otters in the water. This is a great place to hike, watch wildlife and birds,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the highlights of the trip as we saw 3 dolphins swimming together! Plus seals, cliff-side scenery etc.

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JONI C
30 January 2018|
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Response from tntntnt2017 | Reviewed this property |
There is no trolley. It is Drive in and park and get out at certain locations and walk or hike to most sites. Probably not a good choice for a 7 month pregnant woman. A lot of poison oak in this park as well.. you must... More
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Maria K
12 January 2018|
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You can park at various places and find many trails the explore with an all terrain stroller. Fantastic photo opportunities. It’s a very large park, so pack some snacks and enjoy the scenery with the kids.
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honugal
14 September 2017|
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$10 per vehicle, $9 with senior discount
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