Point Lobos State Reserve is located on the central coast of California in Monterey County and has been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System." Visitors to the Reserve can enjoy sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, scuba diving, and jogging. The area offers visitors the opportunity to view rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, geological formations, and rich flora and fauna of both land and sea.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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BeachExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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  • Point Lobos State Reserve derived its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos (Point of the Sea Wolves), from the sound of the sea lions heard here. The number of visitors and cars is limited, so if the reserve is full, you have to wait in line. For every car that leaves, another can enter.
  • Scuba diving is good here, and very popular; there's no charge but you do have to make a reservation because the park limits the number of divers at any given time. Call 831.624.8413.
  • With spectacular coastal beauty, Point Lobos also draws visitors to photograph, paint, hike, walk, picnic, and see archaeological sites.

Carmel, California
Parking: 8:00 a.m. until a half-hour after sunset
Price: Entrance fees are $10 for passenger cars. Senior discount: $9; disabled discount: $6.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 831-624-4909
Email: pointlobos@parks.ca.gov.
Price Information: Entrance fees are $10 for passenger cars. Senior discount: $9; disabled discount: $6.
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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