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Jul
28
2014

Carmel Bach Festival

Jul. 19-Aug. 2
The Carmel Bach Festival has a 75-year history of artistic excellence and community…more
Aug
2
2014

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Aug. 2
The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins at the historic Soledad Mission, established…more
Aug
11
2014

Monterey Auto Week

Aug. 11-Aug. 17
Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Auto Week and…more
Aug
12
2014

Concours On The Avenue

Aug. 12
Sixth Annual Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue......Carmel's world famous…more
Aug
14
2014

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aug. 14-Aug. 17
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of Monterey…more
Aug
15
2014

Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally

Aug. 15
The colorful 20th Annual Pacific Grove Concourse Auto Rally will be held on Friday,…more
Aug
16
2014

Concorso Italiano

Aug. 16
A celebration of Italian style, featuring the most spectacular display of Italian…more
Aug
17
2014

Concours d'Elegance

Aug. 17
This spectacular event exhibits some of the most unique pre-war and post-war cars,…more
Aug
22
2014

Sand City West End Celebration

Aug. 22-Aug. 24
The streets of Sand City come alive for the West End Celebration! Sand City is…more
Aug
23
2014

First City Festival

Aug. 23-Aug. 24
Experience a weekend of music, food, and fresh ocean air at the site of the iconic…more
Aug
27
2014

Monterey County Fair

Aug. 27-Sep. 1
The annual Monterey County Fair is always fun for all, with livestock exhibition,…more
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Enjoy the Wonders of the Wharf VIP Card

Old Fisherman's Wharf Association
The “Enjoy the Wonders of the Wharf VIP Card and Special Offers Campaign includes a…
Jun 4, 2014
- Jul 31, 2014

Chauffeured Wine Tour Package

Old Monterey Inn
Explore award winning Carmel Valley wineries with our Chauffeured Wine Tour Package!…

FREE APPETIZER or 1 HR of POOL

Blue Fin Cafe & Billiards
Choose a FREE APP or 1Hr of Pool with any $20 purchase on selected items *Mention…

Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
Estate Experience 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage Accommodations …
Apr 16, 2014
- Dec 31, 2014

See Monterey

Carmel Food Tours
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Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
Equestrian Encounter 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
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Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

Stonepine Estate
Carmel Valley Wine Discovery 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

Stonepine Estate
Carmel Valley Wine Discovery 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Estate Experience

Stonepine Estate
Estate Experience 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage Accommodations …

Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
Equestrian Encounter 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Equestrian Encounter

Stonepine Estate
Equestrian Encounter 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…

Carmel Valley Wine Discovery

Stonepine Estate
Carmel Valley Wine Discovery 2 Nights in One of Stonepine’s Houses or Cottage…
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Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel

Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos has been called "the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world" and "the crown jewel of the state park system." It has diving unmatched on the California coast, great hiking, perfect picnic spots, vistas and wildlife well-suited for painting or photography, and even an old whaler's cabin. In the winter, migrating gray whales are visible from the shore.

Enjoy Monterey County's State Parks With a Monterey State Parks Pass

Explore all of the California State Parks in Monterey County with a three-day Monterey State Parks pass, exclusively available on SeeMonterey.com! The three-day State Parks pass gives visitors three days of in-and-out privileges at every California State Park in Monterey County, including Point Lobos, Pfeiffer Big Sur, Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Purchase the pass on its own, or combine it with a hotel stay and other outdoor activities! Book It!

Wildlife

The ocean at Point Lobos is home to sea lions, harbor seals, elephant seals, sea otters, and is a year-round stopping point for orcas. Visitors can even whale-watch without leaving dry land; gray whales migrate past this area from December to April, and can be easily seen from the coast.

There are even more animals on land at Point Lobos than there are in the ocean. Though many of them, such as the gray foxes, raccoons, coyotes, striped skunks, opossums, and mountain lions, are primarily nocturnal, you may still see them during the day. You may also catch sight of weasels, deer, badgers, bobcats and rabbits.

While Pacific Grove is known for its Monarch butterfly sanctuary, not many people realize that Point Lobos also provides an important wintering-over spot for these flying jewels.

Birding

Point Lobos is a birders' paradise! Birders can check a number of feathered friends off their lists after just one visit. Smaller birds include the chestnut-backed chickadee, the pygmy nuthatch, Anna's hummingbird, the spotted towhee, the dark-eyed junco, scrub jays, wrentits, the white-crowned sparrow, and the California quail. Turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, and the American kestrel can also be spotted. Seabirds regularly seen at Point Lobos include the brown pelican, the rock pigeon, the black oystercatcher, Brandt's cormorant, the western gull, the killdeer, the great and snowy egrets, and the great blue and black-crowned night herons.

Hiking

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve has a number of excellent hiking trails that range from easy to challenging. Refer to the second item on our list of Top Ten Day Hikes in Monterey County for detailed information on these hikes, including online Point Lobos trail maps. Looking for a guided tour through Point Lobos? Schedule a hike with California Legacy Tours for all sorts of historical and wildlife tidbits.

Diving

If you stick to land, you'll miss the most awe-inspiring part of Point Lobos - the part that lies underwater. As part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the undisturbed aquatic life in Point Lobos is one of the most varied in the world. The incredible array of marine diversity and towering kelp forests make Point Lobos a preferred diving spot; call ahead at 831-624-8413 to make a reservation. The Point Lobos State Reserve website has Point Lobos maps and dive site videos.

Whalers Cabin Museum

While whales passing by Point Lobos are now considered a thing of natural beauty, in the 1800s they were considered a natural resource. The building known as the Whalers Cabin was inhabited by Japanese and Chinese fishermen beginning in the 1850s. The cabin has been restored to look as it did in the 1800s; the former garage for the building now presents a history of the shore whaling industry on the Monterey Peninsula.

Point Lobos Map

This majestic spot for hiking and diving is easily accessible; just drive south on Highway 1 three miles from Carmel.


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