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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Nature lovers, hikers and diving enthusiasts alike flock to this stunning recreational area that is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the California State Park system. Breathtaking coastal scenery, fascinating wildlife, unique diving areas, and accessible trails make Point Lobos a welcome break for visitors looking to leave daily distractions behind for a while and escape into the serenity of the natural world.

Point Lobos Natural Reserve

Point Lobos Natural Reserve

California 1, Carmel, California , 93923
Distance from Hotel: 10.5 miles

Hours and Prices

Hours: Open daily from 8:00AM until ½ hour past sunset.

Prices: Entry is $10 for passenger cars, with discounts for seniors and disabled persons.


  • Wildflowers, Wildlife, Wine & Lunch
  • Mushroom Madness
  • Underwater Parks Day


  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Hiking & Picnicking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Whalers Cabin Museum
  • Moonlight Walk
  • China Cove

The Beauty of Point Lobos

Filled with majestic trees, rocky shoreline, white sand beaches, superb wildlife, and colorful wildflowers, Point Lobos is legendary for its natural beauty. The hiking trails and pathways in the park allow nature lovers to appreciate this beauty to its best advantage, winding along the scenic shore, through pine forests and cypress groves, and through coastal grasslands that invite sightseers to relax and unwind surrounded by nature.

Diving at Point Lobos

SCUBA and snorkeling enthusiasts will discover unmatched diving spots in the reserve. From Bluefish Cove and Cannery Point to Coal Shute Cove and Granite Point Pinnacles, the park is filled with quiet places to explore the Bay and enjoy its extraordinary inhabitants. Fees for scuba diving and snorkeling are $10 per person in addition to park entry fees.

What should I plan to bring?

Good walking shoes, layered clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and water are must-haves. You'll probably want to bring along your camera, binoculars and lunch to make your visit event better. Pets, sporting equipment and most music devices are prohibited.

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What is China Cove?

Located in the southernmost area of the park, this secluded cove features a beautiful white sand beach, stunning blue-green water and is often a resting spot for native Harbor Seals.

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