What to Bring
Here are some ideas for you to consider as you plan your visit to Point Lobos.
Layers of clothing: Dressing in layers is a good idea at Point Lobos at any time of the year, but particularly during the summer when the fog is playing tag with the coastline and the breeze off the ocean can be chilly.
Good walking shoes: Our trails are not terribly challenging, but can be uneven in places. People do come to Point Lobos in flip-flops or dress shoes, but they usually find themselves wishing they were wearing something more substantial.
Binoculars: You can get much closer looks at sea otters, seals, whales, and birds with them. We loan quality binoculars at the Information Station, but you have premium binoculars you might prefer to use them. Don’t leave them at home or in the hotel. (You will need to exchange your car keys to check out our binoculars.)
Sun Protection: Yes, the sun does shine at Point Lobos – even in the summer. A good sun block and a hat are always a good idea for a day spent on the trails, as are sun glasses to protect your eyes.
Camera: If you are a serious photographer, bring your serious camera to get some dazzling photos. But our visitors have taken very memorable shots with the simplest of point-and-shoot cameras and cell phones.
Lunch: There are several places to get lunch within very few miles, but if you plan to stay most of the day, bringing a picnic lunch will mean you won’t have to interrupt your visit to go out. Please remember that picnicking is only allowed where there are tables in Piney Woods, near the Bird Island parking area, and the Whalers Cove parking area. You may picnic in your car, but what’s the point in that when you are surrounded by nature?
Water: Water fountains are available at the picnic areas and at the Sea Lion parking area and near the entry kiosk. But if you bring water with you (preferably in a reusable container), it can be taken on the trail with you.
A Friend or Relative with Mobility Issues: We have some very scenic ADA-compliant trails that easily accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. Bring the wheelchair or walker too. If you don’t have room for a wheelchair, we will loan you one – check with the Park Aide at the entry kiosk to find out how to borrow it. See also Easy Access Adventures.
A Relaxed Attitude: There is no reason to be in a hurry when you are at Point Lobos. Fast, impatient driving is not only dangerous; it may cause you to miss a wondrous sight. (The speed limit is 15 MPH.)
What not to bring: (See also Visitor Expectations)