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The Monterey Bay Area Sights

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

  • Hwy. 1 Map It
  • Carmel
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/08/2015

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A 350-acre headland harboring a wealth of marine life, the reserve lies a few miles south of Carmel. The best way to explore here is to walk along one of the many trails. The Cypress Grove Trail leads through a forest of Monterey cypress (one of only two natural groves remaining) that clings to the rocks above an emerald-green cove. Sea Lion Point Trail is a good place to view sea lions. From those and other trails, you might also spot otters, harbor seals, and (in winter and spring) migrating whales. An additional 750 acres of the reserve is an undersea marine park open to qualified scuba divers. No pets are allowed. Arrive early (or in late afternoon) to avoid crowds; the parking lots fill up.

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Hwy. 1, Carmel, California, 93923, United States

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831-624–4909; 831-624–8413-water sports reservations

Sight Details:

  • $10 per vehicle
  • Daily 8 am–½ hr after sunset

Updated 05/08/2015


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