Often called “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world,” Point Lobos is a destination you won’t want to miss. Surround yourself above or below water in picturesque serenity, with the company of wildlife and cultural history..
Experiencing the reserve above water, whether hiking, walking, kayaking, or paddleboarding, is really only half of what Point Lobos has to offer. Snorkeling starts to make things more up close and personal, but nothing will compare to scuba diving in one of the richest marine habitats in California. Swim amongst 70 foot high kelp forests, marine mammals, fish, and other aquatic animals..
Whether docent or self led, there is an abundance of learning opportunities at Point Lobos State Reserve. One can acquire knowledge on not only the diverse nature, but also the cultural history that resides here. Whaler’s Cove once upon a time was home to abalone harvesting, coal mining, and a whaling station, which is now the only on-site whaling museum on the West Coast.
There is no better place on the Monterey Peninsula to escape the stresses of everyday life than at Point Lobos State Reserve. Listen and watch the waves of the Pacific Ocean crash against the rocky shoreline to absorb an experience you won’t forget..
Journey through pine and live oak woodland, coastal scrub, rocky shores, and sandy beaches, to catch a glimpse of the wildlife at Bird Island, or near the jade-green waters of China Cove. To observe these panoramic views, flora, and fauna, trails ranging from 0.2 – 1.4 miles lead visitors around Point Lobos. Although they vary in difficulty, most are easy to walk, and some even meet ADA standards for wheelchair accessibility..
If you’ve got even the slightest bit of a creative side, everything found at Point Lobos State Reserve is nothing short of inspiring. Artists, filmmakers, photographers, and writers alike have used the reserve as their muse, and their collections can be found online and worldwide.
Point Lobos is not only home to breathtaking scenery, but also to over 350 plant and 250 animal species. View the Monterey pines and cypress trees along the coast, and California poppies and wildflowers during Spring. Explore the tidepools near a low tide at Weston Beach to observe sea life up close, or spot larger marine mammals in the distance such as sea otters, seals, sea lions, whales, and dolphins..