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Point Lobos

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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 yesterday

Of all the places that we stopped and walked or hiked, Point Lobos was by far the MOST breathing place we went. And we both agreed on that. The hikes are of all levels. The docents are so helpful and informative. We could have stayed...More

1  Thank judie210
Reviewed yesterday

We were here October, the weather was warm and sunny, a perfect day for a hike around the Reserve. Parked up on the highway, as there was a sign saying car parks full. We walked down the entrance road into the woods, lot's of people...More

Thank CharleyNottinghamUK
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent trails with superlative views of the bay. Plenty of marine life. Toilet facilities. We come here every time

Thank M-man11
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A favorite hike every time I visit Monterey. Get there early to avoid the crowds and park outside the park as there are limited spaces within the park. Bird island is enjoyable to observe and occasionally you will get to see sea otters playing about....More

1  Thank Paul85255
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Have visited here several times but there is always something new happening. Parking can be a challenge. The trails to the Point offer interesting foliage and plants but don’t touch any of the Poison Oak! Lots of bird-watching, and when you get to the cliffs,...More

Thank Dorothy M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Plan on spending four or more hours here exploring the unique microclimates in this park. We recommend the 10am docent tour. Monterey pine forest, Monterey cypress forest, coastal scrub, rocky granite and sandstone shore, otters, seals, pelicans, etc. etc.

Thank Scott K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it can get a bit crowded, I am so glad we visited. It was a nice hike to the top, going past beautiful scenery with a ton of pelicans. And I loved the blue water! On our way out late afternoon, the traffic was...More

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The paths along the ocean are well kept and easy walking for any age. Lots of spots to stop and enjoy the waves and tide pools and gorgeous scenery. Great for photography!

Thank eenlh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being tourists, we ventured here to see what all the fuss was about. We're from Hawaii so had some idea what to expect. The hike wasn't what I thought it would be through a Forrest but actually more seaside. It's not strenuous at all and...More

Thank Sawadeeann
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk as much of coastal trails as you can, you won't regret it. Especially Point Lobos to Whaler's Cove.

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Laura D
18 September 2018|
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Response from Marybeth F | Reviewed this property |
We went during the week. We had no problems. Get there early. Pack a lunch.
6 August 2018|
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Response from Vacation0714 | Reviewed this property |
There's a great cafe in Carmel called the tree house. Great food and service. No food at Point Lobos. May be nice to bring trail mix and water or whatever you'd prefer to keep your energy up. We walked at least ten miles at... More
Dennis P
25 July 2018|
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Response from HandsomeMoose | Reviewed this property |
We saw lots of tidal pools. Check the parks website for hours. If low tide is at 5:30, you will have plenty of time to see the shore if you get there when the park opens.