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Point Lobos State Reserve

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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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This park was amazing. Stunning views, great walking trails and tons of wildlife. We even saw... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kerry R
via mobile
Stunning scenery and blissful setting. Highly recommended.

A jewel of the California state park system. Try to be there for sunset as the setting is just... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Santa Barbara, California
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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
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This park was amazing. Stunning views, great walking trails and tons of wildlife. We even saw whales from shore! Absolute must see in the area

Thank Kerry R
Reviewed 3 days ago

A jewel of the California state park system. Try to be there for sunset as the setting is just stunning. You will experience marine mammals and various deer. Highly recommended on any visit to the Monterey Peninsula.

Thank Waterloonie
Reviewed 3 days ago

This smaller park affords gently sloped paths through cypress trees and views of sea lions, otters and seals.

Thank Fred B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Walking through the park and taking in the sights is a delight to the senses. Easy access. Lots of places to park and walk. You might even see dolphins. A state gem.

Thank Cricketcamp
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Point Lobos State Reserve is a busy place. We decided to go late in the afternoon on a Friday and were able to drive in and find parking at a couple trail heads. The Cypress Grove trail was beautiful and afforded great views of...More

Thank Prescott2007
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent unit of the California State Park system. Easy access, great views of the Pacific and of the Big Sur coast. We were lucky - the whales were in and we saw many spouts and dives.

1  Thank Bill S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great park and seashore with so much to do and experience. Walked the lagoon area and toured the old whaling / fishing museum - neat. Drove the rim and walked the seashore by tide pools and the seal rocks. Then spent about 2 hours walking...More

1  Thank David B L
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must to visit if you are in the area. Great walking, great views. Not a great deal of parking but enough

1  Thank Aussietrip77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can I say? This is one of several State parks on the Pacific Coast Highway and this one is on the coast side of the highway and extends to the sea. The pictures tell the story... 2064

1  Thank Albywon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meandering through woods, you would suddenly be presented with stunning ocean view in front of you, with sea birds and sea lions calling from afar. Some trails are a bit challenging. Need a good pair of shoes to comfortably roaming from one scenic spots to...More

1  Thank Phil Y
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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