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Point Lobos, Carmel

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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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  • Stunning place, absolutely beautiful a must see when visiting the area, I would highly recommend it to anyone 
    Stunning place, absolutely beautiful a must see when visiting the area, I would highly recommend it to anyone  more »
  • We drove down to Point Lobos with the intent of walking the Bird Island Trail, and it was absolutely one of the most beautiful walks we have done! From the first parking area, you must drive... 
    We drove down to Point Lobos with the intent of walking the Bird Island Trail, and it was absolutely one of the most beautiful walks we have done! From the first parking area, you must drive...  more »
  • We walked the length of the trail overlooking the Pacific, which I believe was about 4 miles (plus maybe 3/4 mile from car each way). The views were varied and stunning. There are a few bathrooms... 
    We walked the length of the trail overlooking the Pacific, which I believe was about 4 miles (plus maybe 3/4 mile from car each way). The views were varied and stunning. There are a few bathrooms...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We loved this park for its great hiking trails and expansive coastal views! It costs $10 to enter the park with your car, but if you don’t mind hiking about a mile from the roadside parking, you can avoid the fee. We especially enjoyed the Bird Island trail. It was only 1/2 mile each way (with some steps) to see the really amazing viewpoints in both directions. Definitely make it a stop along the way and spend a few hours hiking to take in the views when you are driving through Big Sur.
  • Great place to take kids or go for a couples hike. Trails are easy and well maintained. A few areas are required a smidgen of athletics but nothing major. Great views of the California coast. For those with kids there are tide pools that are great for kids to explore. Be aware parking fills up VERY fast so be ready to park on hwy1 and hike in.

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