Point Lobos State Reserve – Amazing Scenery in Monterey

Point Lobos State ReservePoint Lobos State Reserve offers spectacular beauty near Monterey. Explore the rich marine life, unique geological formations, gorgeous coastal views, and the abundance of coastal plant and animal life.

The scenery is truly breathtaking. This is the place to head to “get alway from it all” and enjoy the tranquility of nature at its best.

This state park is the ideal place for hikers. There are short hiking trails leading to panoramic views or longer hikes for those who are looking for more. There are even a few trails that are wheelchair accessible. Take a look at the Trail Map .

Great Views Point Lobos, CaliforniaPoint Lobos is home to many animals including seals, sea lions, sea otters, a great variety of birds, and migrating gray whales. Whales are often spotted from shore from December through May.

The 70 foot high kelp forests are one of the richest marine habitats in California, making it a popular place for both scuba diving and free diving. Diving is allowed at Whalers and Bluefish Coves.

There is a charge for scuba diving. Upon entering the reserve, divers must show proof of certification to get permission to dive. Reservations are recommended especially for weekends and holidays. Unless you are a diver, you will only see half of the reserve. Make reservations by calling (831)624-8413 between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm Monday through Friday.

tidepoolsThis is a popular destination for diving, hiking, bird watching, photography, exploring tidepools, picnicing, and nature study. A schedule of guided walks for the month is posted at the entrance station. The museums are normally open from 9 A.M. until 5 P.M.

Take time out to visit this amazing reserve soon!

Point Lobos State Reserve – Contact Information

Point Lobos State National Reserve
Telephone: (831) 624-4909
Open daily from 8 AM until half an hour after sunset.

Directions:The entrance to the park is located on Hwy. 1 in Monterey County. It is 3 miles south of Carmel.

After exploring Point Lobos State Reserve, learn about other exciting things to do in Monterey

Golf |Aquarium |Wineries | Garland Ranch |Dining |Hotels

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Discover the Spectacular Monterey Golf Courses

Monterey Golf Discover Monterey golf courses. Combine a wine tasting trip to Monterey wineries with a round of golf at one of the fabulous golf courses in the area You won’t be disappointed!

Reservations are recommended. Click on the link for each golf course to learn more about each golf course. Be sure to ask about specials.

*Tip: Many courses have reduced rates after a certain time. Some even offer Stay ‘n Play specials.

Monterey Golf Courses

Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Courses
Address: 1 McClure Way, Seaside 93955
Telephone: (831) 899-7271
There are three 18-hole golf courses and 1 9-hole course at this facility.

Carmel Valley Ranch Golf Course
Address: 1 Old Ranch Rd., Carmel 93923
Telephone: (831) 626-2510
Par: 70
Designer: Pete Dye

Cypress Point Club
Address: 3150 17 Mile Dr., Pebble Beach 93953
Telephone: (831) 624-2223
Par: 72
Designer: Alister MacKenzie
Cypress Point is a private club that opened in 1928.

Del Monte Golf Course
Address: 1300 Sylvan Rd., Monterey 93940
Telephone: (800) 654-9300
Par: 72
Designer: Charles Maud

Laguna Seco Golf Ranch
Address: 10520 York Rd., Monterey, CA
Telephone: (888) 524-8629
Par: 71
Designer: Robert Trent Jones

Links at Spanish Bay
Address: 2700 17 Mile Dr., Pebble Beach 93953
Telephone: (800) 654-9300
Par: 72
Designer: Sandy Tatum

Monterey Peninsula Country Club
Address: 3000 Club Rd., Pebble Beach 93953
Telephone: (831) 373-1556
Par: 72
Designer: Seth Raynor
Monterey Peninsula Golf Club is a private club with two 18-hole golf courses.

Monterey Pines Golf Course
Address: Monterey 93940
Telephone: (831) 656-2167
Par: 69
Designer: Robert Muir Graves

Pacific Grove Golf Course
Address: 77 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove 93950
Telephone: (831) 648-5775
Par: 72
Designer: H. Chandler Eagan

Pasadera Golf & Country Club
Address: 100 Pasadera Dr., Monterey 93940
Telephone: (831) 647-2400
Par: 71
Designer: Jack Nicklaus

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Pebble Beach Golf Course

Pebble Beach Golf Links
Address: 700 17 Mile Dr., Pebble Beach 93953
Telephone: (800) 654-9300
Par: 72
Designer: Jack Neville
There’s also a nine-hole course at Pebble Beach called Peter Hay Course.

Poppy Hills Golf Course
Address: 3200 Lopez Rd., Pebble Beach 93953
Telephone: (831) 622-8239
Par: 72
Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

The Preserve Golf Club
Address: 19 Pronghorn Run, Carmel 93923
Telephone: (831) 626-8200
Par: 72
Designer: Thomas Fazio
The Preserve is a private course.

Quail Lodge Golf Course
Address: 8000 Valley Greens Dr., Carmel 93923
Telephone: (888) 828-8787
Par: 71
Designer: Robert Muir Graves

Rancho Canada Golf Club
Address: 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel 93923
Telephone: (800) 536-9459
Par: 71
Designer: Nick Lombardo
Rancho Canada Golf Club has two 18-hole golf courses.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course
Address: Spyglass Hill and Stevenson Dr., Pebble Beach
Telephone: (800) 654-9300
Par: 72
Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Tehama Golf Club
Address: 25000 Via Malpaso, Carmel 93923
Telephone: (831) 622-2200
Par: 72
Designer: Jay Morrish
Tehama Golf Club is a private course.

Have you golfed at any of these Monterey golf courses? If you have, we would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below to let us know about your golfing experiences.

Highlands Inn Carmel

Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Highlands Inn Carmel
Highlands Inn Carmel is a luxury hotel perched on a hill with picture perfect views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy amazing rooms with stunning scenery everywhere you look at the Highland Inn Carmel!

This unique hotel located just south of Carmel By the Sea on Hwy. 1 is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. The ambiance is lovely. You’ll enjoy the excellent service and breathtaking scenery.

Highlands Inn CarmelMost rooms have the most amazing ocean views. You can choose from eleven suites, 32 ocean view king rooms, and five garden view rooms. There’s a swimming pool and hot tubs are scatter throughout the grounds for the ultimate in relaxation.

Pacific Edge is an award winning restaurant serving dinner nightly at Highlands Inn. Enjoy fine dining in an elegant atmosphere in this glass walled restaurant with its dramatic ocean views. This Carmel restaurant has been named in the Top 100 U.S. Restaurants by Zagat and in the Top Ten by USA Today.

Point Lobos State PreserveThere’s also a casual bistro diner with a redwood deck where breakfast and lunch are also served. The Sunset Lounge is a bar with spectacular views of nearby Point Lobos State Reserve . You can enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. Point Lobos is a spectacular place for hiking along the coast. You might even spot a whale or two!

If you are looking for a memorable place to stay, Highlands Inn fits the bill perfectly. The spectacular scenery, beautiful accommodations, and excellent service at this resort cannot be beat!

Highlands Inn Carmel – Contact Information

Highlands Inn (Hyatt Carmel Highlands)
Address: 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, CA 93923
Telephone: (831)620-1234

Directions from San Francisco
1. Drive south on Highway 101.
2. Take Highway 156 West toward the Monterey Peninsula.
3. Highway 156 turns into Highway 1.
4. Go south toward Monterey/Carmel.
5. Highway 1 will change from a freeway to a regular road with four traffic lights.
6. Continue south after the last night at Rio Road for 3 miles until you reach Highlands Drive on the left.

Check Out Other Things to Do in the Carmel/Monterey Area

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Pebble Beach Golf Course

Pebble Beach Golf Course

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Garland Ranch Regional Park

Garland Ranch Regional Park

Garland Ranch Regional Park is a hiker’s paradise. Located in Monterey County’s gorgeous Carmel Valley, it’s also a great place to bring with your dog. You will find many off-leash areas in the park where your dog can roam freely.

There are a variety of hikes that are sure to please all levels of hiking abilities. Hiking trails wander alongside Garzas Creek, through Rumsien Indian habitation sites and nineteenth-century homesteading and logging settlements, along the Carmel River, and up the Santa Lucia Mountains. You can even hike to a waterfall!

Carmel ValleyOne of the more challenging hikes is Snively’s Ridge Trail. It has steep grades up to 30%, but rewards you with breathtaking views sweeping from the ocean to the mountains.

Novices can enjoy the Buckeye Nature Trail, which is mostly flat. You can pick up a trail map at the Visitor’s Center or click here to print map from the park district’s website.

In addition to hiking, visitors can also enjoy photography, horseback riding, birdwatching, and mountain biking (in the Cooper Ranch area). Bring you camera as there are sure to be some great shots to be captured on film.

Garland Ranch is home to a large number of animals. These include birds, mammals, and plants. Pick up the Bird Guide available at the Visitor’s Center to see birds spotted in the park.

Garland Ranch Regional Park – Contact Information

This regional park is part of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. For more information you can contact the District Ranger Station at
Telephone: (831) 659-4488.

Directions From Hwy. 1: Turn east onto Carmel Valley Road. Continue for 8.6 miles. The park’s main entrance will be on your right.

Directions From Hwy. 101: Turn onto Route 68 east to Laureles Grade. Take Laureles Grade to Carmel Valley Road and turn right. Garland Ranch Regional Park’s main entrance will be on your left.

Best Wineries for Wine Tasting in Monterey

There are fantastic wineries to visit throughout Monterey County. You’ll find wineries in Carmel Valley, Monterey, Carmel, Soledad, and Salinas. Browse this list of wineries. Read the descriptions. Decide which wineries to visit and plan your wine tasting experience.

Hahn Estate Winery

Hahn Estate Winery

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