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China Cove and Gibson Beach

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
+1 831-624-4909
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Yet another great place to stop and enjoy nature. Take a camera with a filter and a large amount... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Honolulu, Hawaii

Beach access to China Cove is unfortunately closed due to harbor seals pupping in the area. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Juneau, Alaska
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Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yet another great place to stop and enjoy nature. Take a camera with a filter and a large amount of space as you might just fill it up.

Thank Aclary
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beach access to China Cove is unfortunately closed due to harbor seals pupping in the area. The trail above it is still open though to Bird Island, and offers excellent opportunities to view souther sea otters, seals, and sea birds from the headlands. Parking can...More

Thank NomeMan
Reviewed 25 August 2017

A short walk from the parking lot at the end of Point Lobos to Bird Rock or the end of the trails if hiking from further away, walking past China Cove and a view of Gibson Beach. Walk slowly, descend the stairs, stop and stay...More

Thank markz377
Reviewed 18 July 2017

My wife and I were visiting from Beijing so obviously the name China Cove caught her interest. She really wanted to see this and I had never been there or for that matter been there. I read the reviews and figured we could see some...More

2  Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Anytime we are in Carmel, it always includes at least one visit to Point Lobos. It is an area we never get tired of exploring and you can't beat listening to the sound of the ocean, the braying of the harbor seals, and if you...More

Thank tennisman35
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Point Lobos has it all. Wind swept cypress trees. Rocky out cropping's that form small bays and tidal pools on the Pacific. Hiking trails and Beaches. Great place to spend a day at.

Thank TravelDocD
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Hike to the top of the stairs and overlook China Cove. The water color is indescribably blue. This time of the year, the seals are nursing their pups. So worth the trip.

1  Thank lindacrick
Reviewed 26 April 2017

China Cove is at the south end of Point Lobos. Take the road heading south to the parking lot, then 10-15 minutes of hiking to watch the sea otters (from a distance, the path down to the beach was closed).

2  Thank themissjulie
Reviewed 26 March 2017

My husband and I recently walked a loop along the shoreline from China beach to the whaling museum, and back over the hill along a recently re-developed trail through the woods. Beautiful views, precious coves, lots of birds to observe, and not too crowded (though...More

Thank WeBike
Reviewed 24 March 2017

China Cove and Gibson Beach is super small but nice beach at Point Lobos State Reserve. It is one of the favorite locations for the seals and sea otters. Depending on what time of the day you make the visit, you will see more or...More

2  Thank IheartZephyr
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Doug B
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Response from conlopez | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry, I don't know either, but if you find you can it would be awesome. I will ask next time I am there and post it here.