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China Cove and Gibson Beach

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
+1 831-624-4909
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The name intrigued my wife

My wife and I were visiting from Beijing so obviously the name China Cove caught her interest. She... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Daniel A
Beijing, China
One of our very favorite places to visit

Anytime we are in Carmel, it always includes at least one visit to Point Lobos. It is an area we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Henderson, Nevada
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Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I were visiting from Beijing so obviously the name China Cove caught her interest. She really wanted to see this and I had never been there or for that matter been there. I read the reviews and figured we could see some...More

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anytime we are in Carmel, it always includes at least one visit to Point Lobos. It is an area we never get tired of exploring and you can't beat listening to the sound of the ocean, the braying of the harbor seals, and if you...More

Thank tennisman35
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Point Lobos has it all. Wind swept cypress trees. Rocky out cropping's that form small bays and tidal pools on the Pacific. Hiking trails and Beaches. Great place to spend a day at.

Thank TravelDocD
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Hike to the top of the stairs and overlook China Cove. The water color is indescribably blue. This time of the year, the seals are nursing their pups. So worth the trip.

Thank lindacrick
Reviewed 27 April 2017

China Cove is at the south end of Point Lobos. Take the road heading south to the parking lot, then 10-15 minutes of hiking to watch the sea otters (from a distance, the path down to the beach was closed).

2  Thank themissjulie
Reviewed 27 March 2017

My husband and I recently walked a loop along the shoreline from China beach to the whaling museum, and back over the hill along a recently re-developed trail through the woods. Beautiful views, precious coves, lots of birds to observe, and not too crowded (though...More

Thank WeBike
Reviewed 24 March 2017

China Cove and Gibson Beach is super small but nice beach at Point Lobos State Reserve. It is one of the favorite locations for the seals and sea otters. Depending on what time of the day you make the visit, you will see more or...More

2  Thank IheartZephyr
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...More

Thank GeminiStrike196
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.

1  Thank jeldenbailey
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,...More

3  Thank Cynthia H
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Doug B
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Response from conlopez | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I don't know either, but if you find you can it would be awesome. I will ask next time I am there and post it here.