La Chocolatera, Salinas

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Walk the paved path along the ocean at La Chocolatera, taking in the calm sea breeze and jagged rocky coastline. Located on a military base, the area has allowed public access only since 2015. Explore the trail between two lookout points with a bicycle tour to get the most out of this picturesque coastline and its panoramic views. Keep an eye out for sea lions resting on the rocks not too far out from shore; bring binoculars if you can. Plan to visit La Chocolatera and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Salinas attractions using our Salinas trip planner .
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  • The point more West of the peninsula of Santa Elena. Closed to the public for many years - decades-(scope to go boy); This place is worth exploring by bike also the view of the ocean, Salinas and the same Geology / Geography of the area is beautiful. All tourists must enter and spend a couple of hours minimum here including watching sea lions. We totally recommend!
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  • Explained us that the movement is due to the clash of two currents the child warm and cold of Humboldt, the scenery is spectacular with the water frothed to hitting rocks and cliffs, the place is the most western end of the Peninsula, I felt in a tale of the sea
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  • If you are in Salinas definitelly come to visit. Nice lookouts of the ocean and waves breaking and apparently during the season you might even see the whales. We had to book a boat tour to see them.  more »
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  • One of those places you just need to see with your own eyes. Untouched and beautiful. Ocean in all directions, fresh air and very few people. Highly recommended.
  • Great view.... nice to go with the family to spend some quality time. Hand made Souvenirs for locals
  • Nice place to visit to sit and relax, watch the waves crash against the rocks or walk along the long beach, it is way cleaner than other as the place is military controlled
  • Beautiful place to Visit and enjoy de view!
  • Wasn't chocolatey as advertised. Maybe I wasn't lucky

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