Point Lobos, just south of Carmel, is one of the most scenic coastal destinations in California. Located off the popular Route 1 along the California coast and Montery Bay, Point Lobos State Park offers visitors an unparalleled kayaking experience full of surging seas, deep blue water, kelp beds, marine life, paddling around and through boulders, and beautiful views of cliffs.
Trip LogisticsThe out and back trip from Monastery Beach around Point Lobos State Park will be about 8 miles and take between 2.5 and 3 hours. Of course, this can be extended or shortened depending on the amount of detours and exploring along the way.
The kayaking trip around Point Lobos is an open water paddling experience that is for intermediate to advanced paddlers possessing solid sea kayaking rescue skills only.
First, you’ll notice that the ocean swell crashes against the shore, cliffs, and rocks as it surges in. You obviously don’t want to be caught in to close. Second, as you space yourself out a ways you’ll be navigating on top of a pretty dense kelp bed which presents its own difficulty. The third factor you’ll want to consider is the size of the swells and surges the further out you get.
Find the sweet spot in-between the crashing waves, the kelp bed, and the surging swell to the most comfortable course to paddle on. And of course, when safe, navigate and explore between the rocks, in the coves, and even in a pretty cool cave if you can.