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Point Lobos State Reserve

#1 of 110 things to do in Carmel Features Animals
Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Not to be missed. A GEM!

Beautiful scenery, easy to park (if you get there early). Make sure you see both north and south... read more

Reviewed yesterday
BAMF90266
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Los Angeles, California
Stunning views

Stopped here on a Thursday afternoon for a couple of hours on our way up the coast. We were able... read more

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Shauna M
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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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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  • Very good9%
  • Average1%
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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful scenery, easy to park (if you get there early). Make sure you see both north and south ends of park. Easy hikes/walks... photo ops are great!

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Reviewed yesterday

Stopped here on a Thursday afternoon for a couple of hours on our way up the coast. We were able to park with no problem, but there were not many spots available. There are wide, well-marked gravel trails on level ground that seemed easy to...More

Thank Shauna M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent 2 hours here first thing in the morning. It was pretty foggy but I barely saw anyone on the trails. Saw some otters playing in the water, sea lions, bunnies, and lots of birds!

Thank Jamie R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very beautiful landscape. We also saw sea lions ! 10$ per car to get in, 2$ a map definitely worth it.

Thank Sarah A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Go early. Park inside the park. Pack a lunch. Buy a trail map. This is one of the most breathtaking spots I've seen. Reminds me some of Isle of Skye, Scotland. There is a beautiful beach in a protected cove if you want to sun...More

1  Thank Shamuuu
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After a few visits to Big Sur at different times of the year, this is one of our favorites!! An easy and accessible visit to gorgeous coastal trails with incredible views made our day priceless. Parks like this remind us of how beautiful the USA...More

Thank 4manns
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the Pt. Lobos Reserve recently. We walked on trails and saw seals sunning themselves on rocks in the ocean. We found coves, cliffs, walkways, birds, etc. It was absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed every minute. We parked inside the park, even though we...More

Thank Patty J
Reviewed 4 days ago

I knew that it would be beautiful, but it was just amazing. I had scheduled an hour to walk around, but we (husband and 2 teenagers) ended up staying for 3 hours. We saw sea lions, otters, crabs, and lots of deer. One of the...More

Thank gina93
Reviewed 6 days ago

No fee to get in and the $2 map is very well done. Multiple trails and some very nice views. We weren't able to stay long, but I would definitely go back

1  Thank Aaron S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were driving, almost didn't stop because the lots were full. Short walk in, spectacular views! No fee, absolutely gorgeous! A photographers dream come true!

1  Thank dalio44
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kj1234
How long would you allow for a visit and which trail is the best one to see or do they just follow a loop?
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
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sunflower67
I can't do a lot (very little) climbing because of a lung disease but can walk on relatively flat trails. Are the trails hilly?
2 May 2017|
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Response from Lisa d | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there are many flat trails!
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noambarlevy
Hi, We have only two hours to spend at the reserve. What are the best trails for short hiking?
12 April 2017|
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Response from pstearn | Reviewed this property |
They are doing some path construction at Point Lobos right now, so I would do the North trail. You can walk in, take the Carmelo Trail to Whaler's Cove and then walk up the steps to start the North Trail. Or you can drive... More
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