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About Point Lobos SNR – Gibson Beach in Carmel, California

Gibson Beach is the southernmost beach in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. It’s also the best “beach” in this park which is full of rocky bluffs and small pocket coves. On some maps it is even called “Sandy Beach” in addition to it’s nickname Gibson’s.

Like some of the other beaches and coves at Point Lobos you’ll need to walk a short distance on trails to get there. Just drive to the very end of the paved road and then hike out the Bird Island Trail which passes by China Cove and then reaches Gibson Beach. If that parking lot is full then you might have to walk quite a ways from a different lot. This park is popular and can fill up entirely forcing the entrance attendants to turn folks away. Needless to say, getting to the park early on summer days is key.

Gibson Creek flows through the sand sometimes at the south end of the cove. Bird Island is a fabulous bird-watching spot just offshore. It is best viewed from the end of Pelican Point which is adjacent to Gibson Beach. See a map of all Point Lobos Beaches.

62 CA-1
Carmel, CA 93923
Park Name
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Other Names
Gibson's Beach, Sandy Beach, Gibson Creek
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed in the reserve - even in cars
Fees for entering park
Hiking, Birdwatching, Sunbathing
Trails, Restrooms, Picnic Tables
Map of Point Lobos SNR – Gibson Beach
Carmel-by-the-Sea, US
4:07 pm, June 14, 2024
temperature icon 63°F
L: 53° H: 63°
Feels like 62.2 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 5 m/s
UV Index: 5.67
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:49 am
Sunset: 8:27 pm
Humidity 70 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 5 m/s

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