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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

62 California 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93923 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Mon 8a-7p
  • Independent
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • No Wifi
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“the crown jewel of the State Park System”

"The greatest meeting of land and water in the world." That was famed landscape artist Francis McComas's bold but justified claim for Point Lobos. All who come here agree that the beauty of this tree-clad headland is unequaled. People wax poetic about Point Lobos. The Point Lobos Foundation has created this website as a vehicle for you to get important information that will help make your visit all the more enjoyable. Walk the trails. Breathe the clean air deeply. Reflect at your leisure. Discover Nature's spirit for yourself.We also provide you with the opportunity to share your artistic interpretation of this incredible spot. You can upload your Point Lobos photography, fine art, and literary offerings, yes even your poetry to our site.Inspiration is everywhere, here at Point Lobos. Whether you are looking for it or not, this is the place to find it. Check it out for yourself, and then come back and tell us all about your visit. 

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Reviewed by
mapascucci

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
April 01, 2019

Disappointed! Cars & hundreds of people walking on main road made it impossible to enter & sign said parking lot was full. When we asked a local what ‘event’ might be going on we were told
the popularity of the park has created a safety issue AND has taken away the serenity of the preserve.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kpicard14

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
June 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

My family's favorite stop on our pacific coast highway vacation! Had tons of fun exploring and taking pictures of the beautiful landmarks. Each corner we turned had another awesome view! Definitely a must see!!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
regonzales

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 20, 2014
Rated 5.0

Nice and quiet mid week. Beautiful area.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 838 Helpful
August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

You can visit this place and just drive around without stopping, which is cool if you just added it to your route while you're on the road and didn't pack the proper hiking attire. Whaler's cove is a beautiful open bay and the first cove you'll probably drive to. There's lots of parking lots throughout the park, so you can drive in and then hike from one of the lots. The entrance fee is $10.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
james.beck.39

  • 5 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
June 26, 2014

Beautiful area. Surf area is very majestic. Wildlife is amazing. Be careful of all the poison ivy though.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
melissamarylin

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 02, 2021
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous, lots of walking paths and breathtaking sites

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Reviewed by
AthenaDog

  • 31 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 29, 2021
Rated 5.0

absolutely beautiful park, but if you don't get there early be prepared to park outside of the park along the road. This park has limited parking inside ($10 to park inside) so many people have to park outside and walk in (free to walk in - donations appreciated). But once you're in - WOW there is so much to see. Many trails to choose from and walk. You can go down to the beach, climb up hills, see sea lions and scuba divers. Definitely a go to.

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Reviewed by
tripsofsirwen

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 21, 2020
Rated 5.0

One of my favorite places in California. Absolutely gorgeous views. I really enjoy south shore. The weather can get dicey, I went in February and got hailed on. Still an 11/10 though.

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Reviewed by
ecam

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 03, 2017
Rated 5.0

Incredible serene place to visit and take a short hike with a great chance of spotting seals, otters and deer. A photographers heaven on earth for sure!!

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Reviewed by
Amy

  • 14 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful! We saw harbor seals at China cove, though it was blocked off so we were unable to go down. Very nice area.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

62 California 1
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
93923 USA

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Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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