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Trip Planner: USA / California / Monterey County / Carmel / Point Lobos
Appreciate the pristine natural landscape and thriving habitat of the California coast at Point Lobos. The nature reserve is home to hundreds of native animal and plant species on and off shore, and is an ideal location for hiking, diving, and bird watching. Enjoy panoramic views from the shore of the Pacific coast as you spot sea lions, harbor seals, and orcas, or hike through the lush vegetation on one of the reserve’s many foot trails for sightings of forest animals and local birds. On your way out, stop by the Whaler’s Cabin Museum to learn more about the history of whaling on the Monterey Peninsula. Arrange to visit Point Lobos and other attractions in Carmel using our Carmel trip planner.
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Point Lobos reviews
Point Lobos is the first stop when heading from Carmel to Big Sur and it's probably the best of the State Parks. There are several beautiful hikes that let you take in the incredible views. Make...
Point Lobos is the first stop when heading from Carmel to Big Sur and it's probably the best of the State Parks. There are several beautiful hikes that let you take in the incredible views. Make... more »
Point Lobos feels like it belongs in a story book. The views of the coastline, the colors of the water, all the beautiful trees, and all the stunning wildlife made it a magical stop for us.
Point Lobos feels like it belongs in a story book. The views of the coastline, the colors of the water, all the beautiful trees, and all the stunning wildlife made it a magical stop for us. more »
Great area, stunning views, a must see. The staff however at the park was kind of rude. But still worth a visit 1000%
Great area, stunning views, a must see. The staff however at the park was kind of rude. But still worth a visit 1000% more »
Really nice. Park rangers are friendly and assist with information. Sea Lion View Point had even a ranger with a looking glass so we could see them on a rock far away. Restrooms are clean, the trails are well done, and views are absolutely stunning, even on a foggy day we’ve chosen. Worth going for a hike and the views. Yes, the pictures are real, views look like straight from a painting. Round photo was phone against the telescope eye… forgot my good camera.
It was one of the best places I have been to near by in Bay area. The scenarios is very beautiful ever part of hike there are some beautiful views of beach and water you can see. One of the best part was we could see the Harbor seals relaxing on their own private beach. It looked like it was made specifically for them. No one has the access to go there to that particular beach. There were so many good places such as China Cove, Hidden beach and Gibson beach. Over all it’s a very beautiful place worth the visit. Just 10 dollars entry fee.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is hands down one of the best and scenic places that one should not miss when one is in the area. The views of the Pacific are absolutely stunning! The entry fee is $10, but it is totally worth the fee. There are quite a few parking lots in the Reserve, but the Reserve gates are closed when there is lots of rush, so do plan accordingly on weekends and/or public holidays. Lots of tide pools, and fun hiking trails. One can park in the roadside to save the parking fee, but be advised that the hike to good points in the park is at least half a mile from the road. The sunsets are sights to behold. Most visit when in the area.
Very nice park with many coastal and meadow trails with amazing views. Most trails are suitable for kids. Along the coastal trails you get a view of the Carmel bay, many beautiful beaches, and islands with a lot of birds. Entrance fee is $10 but parking can be limited inside the park specially on weekends. However, you can park outside and talk a walk. Definitely recommend visiting.
This is one the places to visit along the Pacific scenic Highway. There are lots of beautiful trails alongside the majestic Pacific Ocean. We hooked the North shore trail which started from the overflow parking lot. This trail takes you through the whalers cove where you can see lots of seals pelicans and herons. The rangers had set telescopes to show a heron’s nest as well. The trail then led to cypress grove trail which leads on the most serene spots overlooking the ocean surrounded by cypress groves. It’s a very nice picnic spot to rest and spend time relaxing with the cleaning sounds of the waves in the background.
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