Point Lobos
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Road438431
4 contributions
Sep 2022
We walked the length of the trail overlooking the Pacific, which I believe was about 4 miles (plus maybe 3/4 mile from car each way). The views were varied and stunning. There are a few bathrooms and water fountains, and staff at key locations to help guide you. Get there early or you'll have to park out on highway, which we did (maybe 10:00am, but it was high season-Sept 4 I think). It was no problem for us, but may be for some who might not want to add 3/4 walk each way to their day.
Written 3 October 2022
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Robin H
Durham, UK3,616 contributions
Aug 2022
Situated just North of the Big Sur, this outstanding nature reserve should be on anyone's Must Do list when travelling down or up the famous Route 1, in my view. At only $10 per car load, and with a generous car park near the most popular hiking routes by the sea, you can spend a good two or three hours walking by the sea, enjoying some great vistas and go crab searching in the rock pools when the tide is out. Although it was a foggy day, and we didn't see the whales or seals (although we did see many just down the road at San Simeon), we really enjoyed the Monterey cypress groves, which have grown there uninterrupted for thousands of years. A real treat!
Written 2 October 2022
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Walter G
Los Angeles, CA10 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Awesome time- saw a view of humpback whales , sea otters and great views of the ocean - such a great sunny day and nice hikes!
Written 30 September 2022
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Balasubramanian R
Chennai (Madras), India606 contributions
Sep 2022
Point Lobos situated nearby Carmel in the central coast of California and it is one of the tourist attraction spot.
Written 28 September 2022
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Sophia S
2 contributions
Sep 2022
Such a relaxing place to be this time of year I enjoyed every last second and I'll definitely be back soon
Written 26 September 2022
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Anonymous P
Holbrook28 contributions
Sep 2022
We loved the Cypress Grove Trail, which was easy! It had just rained and there was a beautiful rainbow and lots of wind at the far point. That wind made it a bit hard to get around the point nearest the water. However, that was where we got to photograph the best rainbow we'd ever seen.
Written 25 September 2022
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Divingbecs1
Reading, UK745 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited Point Lobos on a blustery day in September. We enjoyed watching the pelicans and other birds flying overhead but the sea lions were on a rock out at sea too far away to see from the track, although we could hear them. Maybe we were just unlucky on the day we visited but if you want to see sea lions close up try the end of the boardwalk in Santa Cruz instead.
Written 24 September 2022
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thesunburntpenguins
Cheshire, UK261 contributions
Sep 2022
Had a lovely day at this Natural Reserve. The scenery is stunning and it’s great to see the wildlife in their natural surroundings. You can choose from a variety of trails of varying lengths, the best ones being the coastal side in my opinion. $10 to park but we were happy to pay this as a contribution towards the upkeep of this fantastic place.
Written 22 September 2022
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SO_22
7 contributions
Aug 2022
August - Sat & Sun bot there about 7 - 7:30 a.m. and were able to park along the road, just a quick walk to the entrance. There were only a handful of cars when we arrived. But we we came back to the car around 10 - 10:30, WOW there must have been a hundred cars parked along the Hwy. Get there early!

Tons of trails w/ views that can't be beat. We didn't see any seals which surprised us. If you're in decent to good shape, most trails will be super easy. But if you're out of shape or elderly, there are few areas with steep rock pathways that may be challenging.
Written 15 September 2022
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Jenna L.
Tulsa, OK336 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This is a must stop for scenic views similar to Big Sur. We saw better views here than the 17 Mile Drive. At the far south parking lot, we saw three seals and a few sea otters at 8:30am in the cove. We also saw sea otters in the middle of the park along the shore.

We read reviews to arrive by 9am or the parking lot would be full. In our experience, the parking lot didn’t fill until 10-10:30am (because we drove around and parked in different areas for views) and that was on the Friday of Labor Day weekend.

This is a must-do trip for views!!! Even with some fog, we saw a lot.
Written 4 September 2022
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