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Point Lobos

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Watch whales in winter and sea lions all year round at this Bay Area nature reserve, which offers hiking, walking, bird watching, scuba diving and magnificent views.
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Point Lobos Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Carmel, CA 93923
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A walk through, several distinct micro areas. Flat paths, elevations, picnic area, bathrooms. Spend at least 2 hours there

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Spiritgirl6
Reviewed 1 week ago

Point Lobos is a must if you are in the Monterey Peninsula Area. There are trails with breathtaking views. Great for short day hikes. There are a lot of stairs to get to some of the trails so be advised.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband & I visited on a beautiful clear sunny day in October. We were able to see many birds, sea otters, sea lions & even several whales. There is much to explore at Point Lobos but remember to pack lots of water & snacks.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank thehappytravelors
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Point Lobos offers well maintained trails with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Parking lots can sometimes be full but there’s street parking just outside.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Katie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed Point Lobos so much. The trails and views and scenery were all wonderful. Absolutely worth admission to the park. It is a must visit when in Carmel!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 736denisen
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a beautiful & picturesque place that we make it a point to come here when we’re in the Carmel area. Classic California coastline views with all of the special things to do, see & experience. Enjoy!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank David B L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Otherworldly beauty, easy hiking, and extremely helpful docents! Anyone staying in or around Monterey, CA should definitely put this on their list! More details in our blog.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank cadeandmolly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You won’t regret paying the $10.00 car fee. Views are spectacular, hiking trails have great variety, a docent is often available, and there are some picnic tables available.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Excursion69919
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a state park that requires a $10 entrance fee. Easy access and short walks to beautiful lookout points. We had a nice clear day and were able to observe whales just offshore. There were volunteer naturalists there to answer questions and had fixed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tony K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited Point Lobos many times and it is always amazing! There are so many beautiful trails of varying difficulty and even if you go on the same trail it is always a unique experience. Whalers Cabin has fascinating historical artifacts and the docents...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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17 January 2019|
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Response from wanttogotoall50 | Reviewed this property |
No, it is not part of the 17 mile drive. It is right on California 1 a few miles south of Carmel. If you want to get a parking place inside the preserve, you must get to it shortly after it opens. (Google Point Lobos to... More
17 January 2019|
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Response from 849shannaf | Reviewed this property |
Not part of 17 Mile Drive. We love to ride bikes from Monterey down 17 mile drive. You see more that way than by car. Point Lobos is a fantastic place to hike. Take a picnic and enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
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18 September 2018|
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Response from Marybeth F | Reviewed this property |
We went during the week. We had no problems. Get there early. Pack a lunch.