Enjoy the Carmel experience! Walk along some of our world famous beaches, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the trails. Pack a lunch for the day and visit one of our many parks. Check out the various seasonal activities. Most of our beaches and parks are pet friendly. Trek through the mile-long beach of Carmel River Beach. Visit the shallow lagoon which offers a variety of wildlife viewing. There is also the Carmel Monastery Beach which offers both snorkeling and scuba divers. Names after the Carmelite Monastery which is across the street. Carmel Beach offers white sands, beautiful sunsets, surfing and many more activities. Then there is the ever popular Pebble Beach located along the scenic 17 Mile Drive.
Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called "the crown jewel of the State Park System." Point Lobos has offered many things to millions of people who have visited it over the years. Point Lobos State Reserve has outstanding passive recreation values, such as sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging. In addition to the spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora an fauna of both land and sea.