Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve information

Location
Carmel-by-the-sea , USA
Address
Hwy 1
Telephone
+1 831 624 4909
More information
www.pointlobos.org
Prices
per car $10
Opening hours
8am-7pm, closes 30min after sunset early Nov–mid-Mar
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They bark, they bathe and they’re fun to watch – sea lions are the stars here at Punta de los Lobos Marinos (Point of the Sea Wolves), almost 4 miles south of Carmel, where a dramatically rocky coastline offers excellent tide-pooling. The full perimeter hike is 6 miles, but shorter walks take in wild scenery too, including Bird Island, shady cypress groves, the historical Whaler’s Cabin and Devil’s Cauldron, a whirlpool that gets splashy at high tide.

The kelp forest at Whalers Cove is popular with snokelers and scuba divers; without donning a wetsuit, you can still get an idea of the underwater terrain with a 3D model located by the parking lot. Reserve snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking and SUP permits (per person $5 to $10) up to 60 days in advance online.

Arrive early on weekends; parking is limited. Don't skip paying the entry fee by parking outside the park gates on the highway shoulder – California's state parks are chronically underfunded and need your help.