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Home to a rich marine habitat, this nature reserve is popular for both whale-watching (in winter) and spotting sea lions (all year round). With amazing natural landscapes, it's great for hiking along the ocean or simply strolling around and taking in the magnificent rocky coastline lined with rare Monterey cypress trees. If you’re into water activities, go kayaking or even scuba diving among 70-foot-high kelp forests and diverse marine life. Parking spaces are limited, so get there in the early morning to grab a spot. Otherwise, sign up for a guided tour that will take you straight into the reserve. – Tripadvisor
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Hwy 1, Carmel, CA 93923
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Camino Real 8th Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
2.6 miles from Point Lobos
#1 Best Value of 311 Hotels near Point Lobos
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Ocean Avenue Between Lincoln Street And Monte Verde Street, Carmel, CA 93921
2.9 miles from Point Lobos
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Monte Verde Street Seventh Avenue, Carmel, CA 93921
2.8 miles from Point Lobos
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Mission St at 3rd Ave, Carmel, CA 93921
3.2 miles from Point Lobos
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NE 5th Ave. Junipero St., Carmel, CA 93921
3.1 miles from Point Lobos
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  • TheCollegeInvestor
    San Diego, California23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy and fun family hikes
    Our family had a blast on two short hikes in the park. We went at 3pm and enjoyed hiking the Cypress Grove Trail and Sea Lion Point trail. Both are easy, take about 20-30min to each. The Cypress Grove trail goes right along the cliffs and the kids loved it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • coyote608
    149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The MUST-DO Activity in Carmel
    We enjoyed every minute hiking the trails and touring the whaler's cottage. What a gorgeous location. I took a million pictures. We saw lots of deer, a bunny, and seals. The trails are not overly challenging or steep. The views are just stunning.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Ali Z
    Santa Rosa, California192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the entry fee
    This park is made for hiking. Wonderful trails, most easy to moderate. Tons of views, especially along to coast even a drive through with a couple of stops us worth it. Get there early, as they really control the number of cars let in. And don’t bring any pets. You’ll be turned away as this is a nature preserve. Bring a picnic and enjoy.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom11,944 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short walks with great pay offs
    We came twice. Once we came at 4pm on a Thursday and parked by the Bird Island trail - there were a couple of spots in the Bird Island car park but quite a few additional spots a short walk further up the road. The Bird Island trail is short but takes you past the gorgeous China Beach with its turquoise water (when sunny), sea lions and kelp. You then continue to gorgeous Gibson beach which you can go down to. Sand is white but quite coarse. You then continue on to Bird Island views of...well...loads of birds. Keep an eye out for sea otters, we saw them in two locations. We then came back on another day on a foggy morning for tide pooling at Weston Beach (which was good despite it being mid-tide) and the Sea Lion trail. Perhaps less attractive, it is still scenic and there were rangers with telescopes at the point to help you see the sea otters and sea lions. Parking was fine at Weston Beach at 9am on a Friday, but by the time we got to Sea Lion point car park at 10am it was full but we parked in the next car park down and walked up. Overall, love this state park.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • D D
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome views
    Always a treat! Great place to walk and see the ocean. Bring binoculars and wear long pants. It has lots of poison oak. We know all the places to see otters and sea lions. Parking can get tricky so it's best to go on a weekday.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Emily B
    London, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful spot with lots of different wildlife
    Such a great spot, we followed a good trail around a large area and saw all sorts of wild life. Several different seals, sea otters, dolphins, a deer. There were some park guides at one spot who had telescopes we could look through too. Parking a little tricky but we were lucky and got a spot on the road pretty close to the entrance as the park itself was full.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
  • Stellan D
    Bromma, Sweden564 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful costal area
    This is a beautiful part of the coast south of Carmel. Lots of bird activity at Bird Island to the south, caves and tunnels in the rocks near there as well as cypress trees to the North. Be aware that there is limited parking spaces in the park and during week-ends a lot of people end up parking along Hwy 1 and walk into the park.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Timothy K
    Chicago, Illinois294 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful coast line
    WE went to see the sea lions and stayed to watch the sea and he rocks and the varied coastline. It i beautiful there. the Sea Lions were pretty far out on n island that you could tel they were there but not see individuals. there are nice walks out to the coastline, up on the cliffs, and you should probably buy a map if going off on some as it is not clear how the return from just the signage. .There is admission per car.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
  • Jaskel08
    California321 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing place to visit!
    This is such an amazing place. The views are completely breathtaking! We spent almost four hours hiking and I wish we had more time. The trails are not difficult. I think What I loved! The colors of the water were so rich and diverse…. All kinds of shades of white, turquoise to dark blue. The ecosystem is so unique and diverse from one section of the park to the other. For example, experiencing lichens then pine forests, then cypress forests, then cedar groves etc. And of course, the views of the shoreline, bay, and the water crashing against the rocks. Parking. Parking is limited. We arrived at 9am on a Sunday morning. The Cypress Information Center parking lot was full, but there was room in the Point Lobos Parking Lot overflow. Not a big deal, gave us an excuse to hike a little more than expected. When we left at 12:30pm, the lots were ¾ full. Alternative Parking. One thing I noticed is a lot people park on Highway 1, then hike in. This is free as opposed to the entrance fee which is $10. The advantage of hiking from Highway 1 is that you get to experience more of the park. Amenities. There were public bathrooms. I didn’t see anywhere to purchase food. I believe there were a few drinking fountains at Cypress Information Center. But either way, bring plenty of food and water. Anyways, if in the area, this place is a must stop.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 February 2024
  • LeeA
    Santa Cruz, California80 contributions
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    April is an amazing time to visit with new born seals
    I’m a local but wow…Point Lobos is special and mind blowing every time. Every viewpoint is amazing. Great easy hike …about 6 miles but you can drive to different view points. Wonderful docents along the way to give you helpful tips and even let you use their binoculars. On this special visit, there was a partial eclipse and we witnessed the birth of a harbor seal! Blessed!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 April 2024
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Popular hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel that have a pool include:
The Quail Lodge - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
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The Lodge at Pebble Beach - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

Some of the best hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel are:
Villa Mara Carmel - Traveller rating: 5/5
Tickle Pink Inn - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
Le Petit Pali at Ocean Ave - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

A gym is available to guests at the following hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel:
The Quail Lodge - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
The Lodge at Pebble Beach - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
Mission Ranch - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

A private balcony can be enjoyed by guests at the following hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel:
Villa Mara Carmel - Traveller rating: 5/5
Tickle Pink Inn - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
The Quail Lodge - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

These hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel have great views and are well-liked by travellers:
Villa Mara Carmel - Traveller rating: 5/5
Tickle Pink Inn - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
The Quail Lodge - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

These hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel have been described as romantic by other travellers:
Villa Mara Carmel - Traveller rating: 5/5
Tickle Pink Inn - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
The Quail Lodge - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

Families travelling in Carmel enjoyed their stay at the following hotels near Point Lobos:
Le Petit Pali at Ocean Ave - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
The Quail Lodge - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
Tradewinds Carmel - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

These hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel generally allow pets:
Le Petit Pali at Ocean Ave - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
The Quail Lodge - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
Tradewinds Carmel - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
It is always best to call ahead and confirm specific pet policies before your stay.

Free breakfast can be enjoyed at the following hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel:
Villa Mara Carmel - Traveller rating: 5/5
Tickle Pink Inn - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
Le Petit Pali at Ocean Ave - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

These hotels near Point Lobos in Carmel have free parking:
Villa Mara Carmel - Traveller rating: 5/5
Tickle Pink Inn - Traveller rating: 4.5/5
Le Petit Pali at Ocean Ave - Traveller rating: 4.5/5

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