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“Time well spent”

Point Lobos State Reserve
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Ranked #1 of 112 things to do in Carmel
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Okay, so you've done the shopping, the wine tasting, seen the 17 mile drive from your car at 25 mph, and hit the golf courses. Head just south of Carmel to Point Lobos State Reserve and take a hike. Some folks are seen parking outside the pay booth and walking in, but really? you've spent so much more on latte's.
Whether you are interested in photography or painting, flora and fauna, geology and tectonics, or just fresh air and exercise, this is time well spent.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We spent almost a whole day exploring Point Lobos and it was truly wonderful. There is such a variety of landscapes and scenery, from rocky, dramatic, windswept coast to forest and wild flowers. We saw a huge colony of Brandt's cormorants, pelicans, lots of gorgeous sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, black oystercatchers and baby Bambi deer! It's a very short drive down Route 1 from Carmel (around 15 mins) and there's plenty of parking. It's $10 to get in and you're given a pretty map of the trails, which are not especially long or arduous so you can cover all of them in a day, if you want to. The trails are very well maintained and there are several wheelchair accessible ones with fantastic views, so I'd recommend Point Lobos to anyone, whether you're into hiking or not. There are plenty of restrooms and picnic benches, but no food or drink available. We almost missed it out in favour of visiting Monterrey or going straight down to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and I am so glad we didn't.

5  Thank Svanhvit
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This was one of the highlights of the trip for me. Best place to see sea otters. Bring binoculars if you have them. We were there in April so lots of babies, but still a bit chilly.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

What a wonderful place to explore. Tide pools, rocks to climb, trails to explore a full day to be had for sure.

Thank Stacy S
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Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

Hiking close to the Pacific - birds, otters, seals, sea lions, etc! Don't be put off by "parking full" - get in the gate queue and you'll get in when someone leaves - much better than walking all way in from road. Picnic tables everywhere - and great scenery.

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