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Address: Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
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Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature...

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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My Favorite Coastal Reserve!

I consider the Point Lobos State Reserve to be the best one on the lengthy California Coast bar none. The walking trails and the preserved historical venues are so interesting and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I consider the Point Lobos State Reserve to be the best one on the lengthy California Coast bar none. The walking trails and the preserved historical venues are so interesting and soothing. Experience a docent explanation of its remarkable history, including how close it was to becoming a housing development, the whalers, abalone divers,etc.. The inlets with crashing blue waves... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An absolutely must do. We spent several hours and would travel back to Carmel just to spend more time at Point Lobos. Breath taking and endless things to explore. $10 for parking and you have to pay another $2 (cash only) for a trail map/guide which I found annoying.

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Rota, Andalucia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You can pay $10 dollars to park inside or $0 dollars to park along the highway, your choice. The Park is kept in good repair and has beautiful secluded beaches cut into the side of cliffs. There's great hiking trails and bring your binoculars, I was hiking over the MLK weekend and saw several whales blowing their spouts as they... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Point Lobos offers beautiful trails with views of the ocean. I am so impressed that the park has also included 3 beautiful stretches that are wheel chair accessible. The Whaler's Cottage and the docent led tours inclide history as well! A California treasure!

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Carmel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have lived across from Point Lobos for 30 years and in that time it has always been the most inspiring, natural place. The huge increase in tourist traffic is understandable but a big negative. What used to be a "reserve" is now a tourist destination. Too bad.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You could waste an afternoon spending money in boutiques in Carmel or you could hike one of the most beautiful parks that is easily accessible to people of all ages. Pristine and gorgeous. I have been coming here for 20+ years and it never dissapoints

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In peak season might get too busy but this park is amazing. I did 2 laps with a friend and running while enjoying the amazing views is just heaven. My recommendation: Don't miss China beach, it remind me the Calanques in Marseilla

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every time I visit Point Lobos I see something different. This time we saw whales spouting, a large group of pelicans nesting, sea lions covering rocks (how can they climb so high?), harbor seals and a great blue heron. Surprised not to see otters this time since we usually see them. The trails are well kept and the views of... More 

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Massapequa, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a fun and easy hike that had such beauty with crashing waves and giant cliffs. We just happened upon it as it was located very close to our hotel. You should get to see the sea lions too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want twisted cypress trees and crashing surf with seals then it's all here in one place. A must stop on your Big Sur trek.

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