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China Cove and Gibson Beach

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Address: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
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+1 831-624-4909

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Blue water, sand and HUGE waves

This is a beautiful hike near Bird Island in Point Lobos. The hike to the stairs that take you down to the beach is fairly easy. The stairs down to the beach are an adventure and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
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Centennial, Colorado
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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Gibson beach is slightly off the beaten path, with a fairly steep ladder for going down to the beach, so not many people were there when we visited couple of days before Xmas. The view is absolutely amazing both from top of the hills before going down to the beach, and while on the beach: clean shiny sandy beach, huge... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a beautiful hike near Bird Island in Point Lobos. The hike to the stairs that take you down to the beach is fairly easy. The stairs down to the beach are an adventure and not for the faint of heart.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I am a photographer, so when in Carmel I always spend a day in Pt. Lobos. China Cove is a favorite. This time we ventured to the south end of the park and I photographed a beautiful peregrine falcon. Not to mention gorgeous water, trees, rocks...

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Carmel, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Around every corner you see an incredible view. Be it the Pacific Ocean, the coastal trees, the view to Carmel Beach. There is parking but it does cost. 8.00 or if you park on Hwy 1 and be very careful, we lose alot of tourists that way - you can walk in. There is a history museum as well.

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

So worth the trek to this beach. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best photo ops. Wear good walking shoes.

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Taking a beautiful hike/walk in Point Lobos State Park and you come upon a beautiful "China Cove" and Gibson Beach with emerald waters and cliffs that house many species of birds. You will see otters and seals lounging on rocks, it is a beautiful park and has so much to offer!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This little cove is worth the walk. If you go on a day where the fog has burned off, the emerald colored water looks unreal. Pack a picnic in your backpack and enjoy, just remember to take your trash with you!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

China Cove and Gibson Beach are both accessed from the same trail, The Bird Island Trail, and are about a 2 minutes' walk apart. Both can be accessed from the most southern parking lot (all lots fill up by 10am on weekdays and 8:30am on weekends - get there early as additional cars are not allowed in after the lots... More 

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Vail, Arizona, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Just visited this wonderful state park south of Monterey, CA. Best $9 (senior) I ever spent. Point Lobos State Park and China Beach and Gibson beach are wonderful places to visit. My wife hiked the trails and I ventured down the steep stairs to Gibson Beach and spent the day laying in the sand. This is truly some of the... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

China cove is currently closed for restoration. For years, that was my prized spot at this reserve. However, Gibson Beach is a 3 times bigger and just as picturesque. The view of Gibson Beach from the trail above seems a better reward than being down there on the beach.

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