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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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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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Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923
+1 831-624-4909
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Get there early to find a parking spot and avoid crowds. A nice walk/hike along the shoreline. We saw a mama seal giving birth. Great experience.

Thank Martha F
Reviewed 2 days ago

i highly recommend visiting here when the elephant seal pups are out. we did see some seals during our visit but nowhere as many as we would have had we arranged to do the tour to see the nursery. be sure to make reservations

Thank Traci L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were fortunate to visit on a sunny, warm day. We spent 4 fabulous hours hiking and photographing the beautiful area. It was a wonderful day. We got great fresh air and exercise and some fabulous photos too. This was far more enjoyable and scenic...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a wonderful park to visit. Lots of walking trails with fabulous views. Do go early, parking fills up later in the day, however you can park on the road and walk in. There are many different walks along the cliffs. You can drive through...More

Thank Jeanine M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Point Lobos State Reserve is the perfect place to get some exercise while enjoying beautiful views. As a 15 year old, I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the trails. Though parking is hard to come by inside the park it is free to park on...More

Thank Paige G
Reviewed 1 week ago

such an amazing place. Go early and beat the crowds. Docents are wonderful. If I lived close, a morning hike every day would be in order.

Thank CleveKen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked the entire outer trail. I highly recommend this for anyone in the area. It is absolutely beautiful and we even saw some whales in the distance. I would say only parts of it are small children or stroller friendly.

Thank Shelley S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived early, before the park filled up, paid our entry and parked at the southern car park. We enjoyed the full park walking route, through the wooded areas first across to the whaling station, and back along the coastal path. We enjoyed watching the...More

1  Thank Rosie008
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park includes icon California views of the ocean and cliffs not to be missed. We parked in the lower section, close to the ocean, allowing us to hike the loop around the point easily. The whole circuit is maybe 5 miles back and forth....More

Thank Alex L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful place to hike!!The trails are great and well kept. The views are breathtaking! My son is 8 and athletic so he did not tire. Child has to be a good listener since some spots are high up and close to edge.

Thank TravelingSilvers
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Maria K
12 January 2018|
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Response from Gail M | Reviewed this property |
If you are able to park inside the reserve, you won’t really be driving around. There are different paths that you can take, and some will be okay for strollers. Hiking shoes, tennis shoes are a good idea.
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.