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Point Lobos, Carmel

#1 of 6 in Nature in Monterey County
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Appreciate the pristine natural landscape and thriving habitat of the California coast at Point Lobos. 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. Arrange to visit Point Lobos and other attractions in Carmel using our Carmel trip planner.
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  • This park offers such beauty, animal / bird viewing, history, and drastically different scenery with each direction. If I lived in Carmel, I think I’d make it a point to spend time here on a weekly.....  more »
  • We decided that we would only stop at Point Lobos if we had time. I am glad we did! It was the highlight of the day. We arrived around 2pm and decided to take the Cyprus Grove Trail. There were...  more »
  • Perfect for beginners looking to get into hiking. Provides easy trails with highly rewarding scenic views at the end of your journey. The longest trail took only about 30-40 minutes of very easy to walk "woods" that gave way to a breath taking point on rocks high above the beach and ocean. The trails walking along the coast are amazing, and the tide pools are full of little sea creature life. Highly recommended!
  • Very scenic area. If you don't feel like hiking 2.5mi then drive to the 3 different parking lots and take pics at each one. The very last stop is the most scenic. Only problem is lots fill up quickly and they block off the entrance. Street parking is plenty.

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