Preview Big Sur at Point Lobos Carmel #HofsasHouse #CarmelByTheSea #SoCal2Carmel

We were invited to stay at the Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel which is 5 miles from Point Lobos.  The hostess at the hotel was right.  She said, "If you want a taste of Big Sur you have to go to Point Lobos".  AMAZING place!!!! 

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You pay $10 for entrance that you can use at other State Parks along the way.  There is plenty of parking near the shore and the views are unbelievable!  You will see people taking in the inspiration and painting.  My kids wished that they could see how the painting would finish.  I can't wait to try a mini project like this with my kids.

Most of the hiking trails were easy and wide.  Some parts we had to pick up my toddler or hold is hand cause it was really close to the cliffs.  You stop every couple of feet to admire the views! 

You will see seals resting on rocks.  There is a bench were you can sit and enjoy watching them climb up to the rock or swim around.  We could also hear sea lions, but they were really hard to see as they are far.  If you have binoculars bring them or borrow from the Hofsas House Hotel.  

Not much more to say the pictures say it all!  

Andrew Molera State Park Big Sur #HofsasHouse #CarmelByTheSea #SoCal2Carmel

Andrew Molera State Park is in Big Sur.  You pay $10 for the State Parks in which you can use all day throughout other State Parks.  We were staying at the Hofsas House in Carmel and decided to drive back trough Big Sur.  

We had stopped at 5th Avenue Deli to pick up lunch before our drive.

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After you park there are two hiking trails you can take.  To the beach or to the river.  We knew we wanted to go to the beach.  You pass a small creek that the kids would love to cross.  The hike is one mile and it is a nice easy path.  Warning though there was tons of poison oak!  I was a little nervous making sure my kids didn't wonder into the leaves or fall.  Great views of turkey vulture and I think I saw a California Condor!

You will walk for a long time, remember it is a mile hike.  Then finally you hear the waves and get to the sand.  The beach wasn't exactly what I had pictured.  In my mind I pictured a sandy shore that as we got there the kids and I would run around in the sand and enjoy our lunch.  Well it is sandy, but not much of it.  Rocky and lots of flies and seagulls.  Still a great hike and a beautiful beach to discover and see nature just not for me.