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Point Lobos State Reserve

Features Animals
Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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This national park is a hidden gem. It is not too crowded and we saw whales really close from the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
a Must-See view/nature walk

Point Lobos has beautiful ocean and forest vistas. It also has some trails that are wheelchair... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bev K
Carmel Valley
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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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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This national park is a hidden gem. It is not too crowded and we saw whales really close from the shore, tails flipping and splashing, it was one of the best experiences we had on our trip. We arrived about 9am and when we were...More

Thank LucyLou2905
Reviewed 2 days ago

Point Lobos has beautiful ocean and forest vistas. It also has some trails that are wheelchair friendly and docents who are happy to answer questions and lead walks. Take along a picnic and dine while enjoying it all. In the spring the seals come out...More

Thank Bev K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the most special places we have seen so far. Magnificent view of the ocean with rocks, waves, small beaches and birds. All surrounded with easy walking trails, picnic areas and great view points. Don't skip this place!

Thank Avi1110
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ten dollars per car (nine for seniors) and two additional dollars for a map that provides an overview of all trails leading to an unbelievable experience in nature. We saw deer, seals, sea otters and many varieties of birds. The views of the ocean crashing...More

Thank Ellensbud
Reviewed 4 days ago

The docents were very helpful in selecting the perfect hiking trails for our needs. Trails were well maintained and facilities were clean. Displays were informative. A MUST see when visiting the Central Coast.

1  Thank lambertbunch
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the most beautiful cliffside walks you will encounter anywhere in the world. Stunning locaation.

Thank Alan P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My teenagers and I went on a hike there and really enjoyed our 5 hours. We followed the easy trails and could enjoy beautiful scenery, with plenty of wild life. We got pictures of eagles, sea lions and could see whales from far in the...More

Thank Ybens
Reviewed 5 days ago

Incredible to have so much amazing packed into such a small area -- incredible hikes on the water and in-land, cool rock formations to play on and mountain views to see, the incredible cypress trees. Highly recommended.

Thank 316joe
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a must see for anyone coming to Carmel-by-the-sea. Wear you walking shoes and do the Point Lobos Loop. See it all. You won't regret it

Thank Patrick S
Reviewed 5 days ago

We spent 2-3 hours here. A nice variety of easy trails. This place is not for anyone looking for a tremendous hike, but more of a leisurely walk to see the coast and spot wales!

Thank AshleyW26
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14 September 2017|
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Response from AlmJAX | Reviewed this property |
$10 per vehicle, $9 with senior discount
2 September 2017|
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Response from Totally420 | Reviewed this property |
Any close toed flat shoes will do.
18 May 2017|
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Response from iMunros | Reviewed this property |
We were there for three or four hours which gave plenty of time for photography, exploring different trails, etc, but you could have a worthwhile visit in a couple of hours. Worth buying the trail guide, I would say. There... More