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Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

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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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  • Went here in 2014 with my husband and we are going back again this year with our 7-year old son. We saw sea otters and some interesting birds. But the best thing is the views - incredible. Will add to...  more »
  • I love Point Lobos. Fresh air, flowers, the ocean breeze, the sound of the waves and it's all so perfect. My favorite place to be to surround myself with nature.  more »
  • Busy spot with limited parking. Best to go early or late in the day. The number of cars allowed to enter is regulated. Nice short well maintained hiking trails. Spectacular views  more »