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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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Can't win for losing

The concierge at our hotel suggesting waiting for the weekend to pass before going to Point Lobos... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Denise C
Sarasota, Florida
Beyond Stunning

Stunning doesn’t do Point Lobos justice. We have been going there for about 30 years and it never... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anitra F
Bloomington, Illinois
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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%
  • Poor1%
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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The concierge at our hotel suggesting waiting for the weekend to pass before going to Point Lobos. So we showed up early on Monday -- only to realize that it was Columbus Day and the park was soon filled. We wanted to photograph The Old...More

Thank Denise C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stunning doesn’t do Point Lobos justice. We have been going there for about 30 years and it never disappoints. We have been there in spring and fall and either time it is lovely. In the spring we were lucky to see the harbor seals having...More

Thank Anitra F
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Point Lobos is a special place. It has a ton of easily accessible trails and scenic views that will blow you away. Chances are that you'll see sea otters, sea lions, and maybe some whales too. None of the hikes here are difficult. I'm not...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been visiting Point Lobos for over 3 decades. We have seen the impact of increasing tourism over the years. Many areas are restricted for regrowth, erosion of the trails, and just plain wear of so many tourist feet. They are also protecting the...More

Thank Wanda L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had the amazing privilege of being in Carmel by the sea California for a few weeks. The sweetest spot and moment I had on this trip was on a bright sunny blue day before a meeting. The Park opened at 8am when I arrived....More

Thank Josiah B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic views, $10, quick in and out if you want. Sea lion activity is pretty far away, but views are unreal. Enjoyed the whale watching cove on top perch.

Thank rextrav
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery! Hiked every trail in this park today- saw sea lions, otters, seals, pelicans, and SO many breathtaking views. Most of the trails are short. Bring binoculars to view the sea lions and seals!!!! Very clean and well maintained trails. Lots of parking and...More

Thank nicole f
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took about two hours to tour this area! Great views and easy hiking! It’s a small state park. Parking is 10$ and plenty of spots when we went. Fun area to explore and see great scenery.

Thank Aaron W
Reviewed 6 days ago

A must see, beautiful walk with stunning views. The coast line is just stunning, don't skip the Cypress hike/walk.

Thank Marta T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Point Lobos has something for everyone - picnic areas, ocean view, scenic heights and friendly crowd. Bring your camera, your iPhone and take lots of pictures, this place is so special you will want to share the pictures with your friends and family - on...More

Thank Maria C E
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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