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China Cove and Gibson Beach

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Address: Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA
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+1 831-624-4909

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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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 it was a weekday during the school year.) We highly recommend this park as a... More 

Thank WeBike
Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 less of them. We saw many seals resting on the China Cove in the early... More 

1 Thank IheartZephyr
Mountain View, California
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Gibson beach is slightly off the beaten path, with a fairly steep ladder for going down to the beach, so not many people were there when we visited couple of days before Xmas. The view is absolutely amazing both from top of the hills before going down to the beach, and while on the beach: clean shiny sandy beach, huge... More 

Thank GeminiStrike196
Centennial, Colorado
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103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a beautiful hike near Bird Island in Point Lobos. The hike to the stairs that take you down to the beach is fairly easy. The stairs down to the beach are an adventure and not for the faint of heart.

1 Thank jeldenbailey
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

I am a photographer, so when in Carmel I always spend a day in Pt. Lobos. China Cove is a favorite. This time we ventured to the south end of the park and I photographed a beautiful peregrine falcon. Not to mention gorgeous water, trees, rocks...

3 Thank Cynthia H
Carmel, California, United States
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68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Around every corner you see an incredible view. Be it the Pacific Ocean, the coastal trees, the view to Carmel Beach. There is parking but it does cost. 8.00 or if you park on Hwy 1 and be very careful, we lose alot of tourists that way - you can walk in. There is a history museum as well.

1 Thank Susan B
Easton, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

So worth the trek to this beach. Get there early to avoid the crowds and to get the best photo ops. Wear good walking shoes.

Thank KrisK64
Carmel, California
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Taking a beautiful hike/walk in Point Lobos State Park and you come upon a beautiful "China Cove" and Gibson Beach with emerald waters and cliffs that house many species of birds. You will see otters and seals lounging on rocks, it is a beautiful park and has so much to offer!

2 Thank sgcarmel
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123 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

This little cove is worth the walk. If you go on a day where the fog has burned off, the emerald colored water looks unreal. Pack a picnic in your backpack and enjoy, just remember to take your trash with you!

Thank 7Rutherfords
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260 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 390 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

China Cove and Gibson Beach are both accessed from the same trail, The Bird Island Trail, and are about a 2 minutes' walk apart. Both can be accessed from the most southern parking lot (all lots fill up by 10am on weekdays and 8:30am on weekends - get there early as additional cars are not allowed in after the lots... More 

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