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China Cove

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93923 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Mon 8a
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Wifi

“a hidden paradise!”

These white sand beaches and blue green waves and wild life, including seals and whales, are well worth the effort to exert your hiking skills. The gorgeous cove got its name from a distinct pink house, called the China House, which was for many a landmark to mariners upon making entrance to the Newport harbor. The home was built using elaborate scrolling and curved Chinese architecture that was based on the Buddhist belief that evil spirits could hide in straight lines. The home was built upon the rocks at the entrance of Newport Harbor. Sadly, it was demolished in the 1980s.

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Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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  • 1,169 Reviews
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August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is a gorgeous cove that is at the end of the driving trail in Point Lobos State Park. You pack and hike up a trail to see one of the most beautiful coves ever. It's often closed off, and the stairs are considered unsafe, so you I recommend walking behind the cove and then down to Gibson Beach. It's bigger than China Cove, and you can see the other side of China Cove from it. You can also see some whales.

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Reviewed by
awillardson

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
March 31, 2015
Rated 3.0

The trail down to the beach was closed off - and it costs 10$ to get into the state reserve area. It's a beautiful beach from above, though I'd have loved to go down and get that close to the sun bathing sea lions.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lushplush

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 11, 2014

as of yesterday 8/10 it was closed off due to unknown hazards. beautiful from above!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
WetzelHillman

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  • 0 Helpful
July 14, 2014

You got me. Heading up the coast next week and this is a stop. Hopefully we can get parking.

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China Cove

Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
93923 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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