Point Lobos State Reserve

State / Provincial Park, Preserve
27830 Highway 1
Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 624-4909


  • There are seals everywhere. But the real prize is to catch a glimpse of the sea otters anchoring themselves to the kelp with their feet while breaking open shellfish on a stone on their belly.
  • Trade in your car keys for a pair of binoculars while you're here....free!
  • Bring comfy tennis shoes for a great hike with perfect ocean views!
  • Start by watching the Sea Otters at Whaler's Cove and move along the perimeter until you've come back to where you started.
  • One of the most beautiful places on earth. Bring telescope lens to take pictures of the sea lions. Limestone type trail leads you to a great sea lion viewing area!
  • Pet a banana slug!
  • Park on the road outside and hike in!
  • To get down into the pit go north on granite point trail and just after the first stairs go left into a narrow trail that will take you to a great location.
  • No dejes de ir a ver los Leones Marinos
  • Must wear sneakers! But keep walking & you will find the treasure that is this spot! Watch out for the poison oak too. Leaves of 3 leave them be! Follow the barking to finds the sea lions in the cove!
  • No dogs allowed :(
  • Sunny day? Then check out China Cove and lay out.
  • See the Monterey Cypress in one of only two locations where it still grows in the wild.
  • Incredibly gorgeous views of the coast, with ample wildlife to spot! The hike is easy and flat, but not very shaded so bring sunscreen and a hat during summer days.
  • Go down the trail and look at the tree.
  • Walk the trails.
  • Breath taking views! Every photographers dream come true! Wear your gym shoes!
  • Take a picnic lunch!
  • Summer hours, all visitors must leave by 7PM, so no sunset viewing here, next recommended spot Garrapata State Park a few miles south with spectacular views.
  • Head to the whalers cabin where the staff seek out Sea Otters on the telescope.

Nearby places

Carmel, CA 93923
Point Lobos State Park
Ocean Ave & Scenic Rd