To make the most of your visit, consider the following tips:
Layers of clothing are important any time of the year, but particularly during the summer when the fog rolls in and out and ocean breezes can be chilly.
Good walking shoes to explore all the trails, some of which are uneven. Bicycles are allowed on paved roads only- not on trail.
You can get much closer looks at sea otters, seals, whales, and birds with binoculars. Binoculars can be checked out from docents at the Information Station.
Don’t forget a camera.
If you’re planning a longer visit, bring snacks or a meal. There is no food available for purchase within Point Lobos. Picnicking is allowed at Piney Woods, at the Bird Island picnic area, and the Whalers Cove picnic area.
Water fountains to refill your bottles are available at the picnic areas, at the Sea Lion parking area and near the entry kiosk. Bottled water is not available for purchase within Point Lobos.
What Not to Bring
The following items are not appropriate and/or not allowed when visiting the Reserve. Please respect these guidelines to protect Point Lobos and allow all visitors a wonderful trip.
Game equipment such as baseballs, footballs, frisbees and kites. These items can harm wildlife and the natural features of Point Lobos.
Drones are not allowed. Unmanned aircraft disturbs wildlife in the reserve.
Pets are not allowed inside Point Lobos, even if they are left in your vehicle. Service animals are permitted, as are properly tagged service animals in training.
Campfires, barbecues, and camping stoves are prohibited. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the reserve.