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Best lookout for the sealion resting place

This is a marvelous world class beach, although the water is cold. We went down a flight of steps... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
One more way to see great coastline, especially is you scuba dive!

Fun to watch the scuba divers enter this deepest part of the Monterey underwater preserve.! They... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
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Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 December 2013

China Cove and Gibson Beach are in the southern most area of Point Lobos State Park. Here are some tips on enjoying your visit to China Cove and Gibson Beach. 1. Dogs not allowed (what? this is Carmel!) , and bicyclists allowed only on paved...More

47  Thank robert c
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 February 2015

We alway like to go to china Cove beause the water is so stunning but unfortunatly it is closed for over a year. I am not sure why they are not working on the steps to get down to the beach at China Cove.

6  Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

This is a marvelous world class beach, although the water is cold. We went down a flight of steps, too steep but its very rewarding, We dipped our feet and stayed for a little while to enjoy the almost white sand.

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Reviewed 23 August 2018

Fun to watch the scuba divers enter this deepest part of the Monterey underwater preserve.! They all congregate here in the morning and tell people of their sights if you ask them.

Thank Judybookdoc
Reviewed 14 July 2018

this cove is a part of Point Lobos Park, which is excellent. Got to see about a dozen sea lions sunning on the beach!

Thank kzha
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Point Lobos is a must see as you drive PCH from San Francisco to San Louis Obispo. Expect to spend at least 2 hours exploring the park, and really you will need 4 to 5 hours to see all of the different coves, and micro...More

4  Thank RSlug
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful hike through Point Lobos State Park and you will find this little beach, Gibson Beach. Through a narrow rickety wooden stairs you will find a slice of heaven!

Thank hathanhh2018
Reviewed 3 July 2018

China Beach is one of several exquisite spots to visit in Point Lobos Reserve. Admittedly the Cypress Trail is the most spectacular, but China Beach will not disappoint.

Thank Bart C
Reviewed 19 June 2018

There isn't a point in the park that's not worth the trip. We didn't spend a ton of time here only because it was chilly and really breezy that day, so getting in the water wasn't an attractive idea.

Thank dmsrdh
Reviewed 17 May 2018

We return every time to the area. Get your walks in and absorb the natural beauty. Don’t miss China Cove & Gibson beach at the end of the park. Get there early cause it does fill up. Don’t miss!

3  Thank 770jeffc
Reviewed 10 May 2018

Of course China Cove is a magical location because it is a part of the Point Lobos State Reserve. Take a friend or a loved one on a peaceful walk through the Reserve, listen to the pines 'sing' as they sway with the ocean breeze,...More

Thank Graham M
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Very pretty area, great for families and couples to visit. Nice places to ear and lots of tourist stuff to buy.

1  Thank AZBigdog
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Doug B
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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.