Point Lobos State Natural Reserve features an array of habitats from rocky shorelines and crashing waves to scenic ocean hiking trails, magnificent ocean vistas, vast forests of Monterey pines, cypress trees, and wildflowers, and spectacular sunsets.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve and its marine preserves feature several hiking trails, many of which run next to the ocean and beautiful beaches, as well as a museum on whaling and a historic building that was once used by fishermen from the area. The area is world-renowned for being an outstanding recreational scuba diving location, as well as swimming, kayaking, and whale-watching. The Point Lobos Marine protected areas are home to a wealth of marine animals, including whales, dolphins, sea lions, fish, birds and various invertebrates, as well as vast kelp forests that provide shelter.
The dramatically rocky coastline offers excellent tide-pooling, and the full perimeter hike is six miles, however, there are also shorter walks to enjoy. The wild scenery and attractions of the Reserve include shady cypress groves, Bird Island, the historical Whaler’s Cabin and the Devil’s Cauldron, a whirlpool that crashes against the shore during high tide. Photo: Lynn Yeh/Fotolia
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