"Point Lobos State Preserve" Top 5 Page for this destination State Parks Tip by KimberlyAnn
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Many people in California consider Point Lobos to be the best of the state parks. The preserve has about 1,325 acres of sandy beaches, Monterey Cypress Groves, and unusual rock formations like the one in my photo. Sometimes seals can be seen resting on rocks offshore, or you may see sea otters bobbing over the waves on their backs. Listen for their barking. You might hear them before you spot them. It is said that this area may have been the setting for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. There are a number of hiking trails within the preserve, and with a permit, limited scuba diving is permitted. In the photo you see a seagull sitting on a rock. Doesn’t the rock remind you of a skull? We saw this rock along the Sea Lion Point Trail in Point Lobos Preserve. Be aware that all state parks require an entrance fee, however, if you pay at one park, you can then visit any other state park that day without paying an additional fee. If you are camping in a state park as we do, you can visit any state park without paying a fee for the entire time that you are camping.
Directions: Located about 4 miles south of Monterey along highway 1.
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