Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

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#1 of 276 in Wildlife in California
Appreciate the pristine natural landscape and thriving habitat of the California coast at Point Lobos State Reserve. 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. Put Point Lobos State Reserve at the forefront of your travel plans using our Carmel trip generator.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Arrive by 8 AM if you do not want to park outside the immediate area! Otherwise you can park along the highway. Get a map as you enter the area and take the time to view all that you can! Make sure yo...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Point Lobos State Reserve is one of my most favorite places on the Monterey Peninsula. Great place to bring the kids.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Great spot close to Carmel for a hike. A few different trails to choose from. We did a couple different ones. Located right on the ocean. 10.00 fee to enter the park but lots of people park on the roa...  more »

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