Point Lobos State Reserve is definitely one of the most beautiful places on Big Sur. It's strength does not lie in its size - it takes only around 3-5h to hike each single trail within this park. What makes you love this place is the stunning and unspoiled nature: the rugged coast, abundance of birds, sea otters and sea lions, beautiful cypress trees. You can get a feel for all of that from the photos posted below.
Practical tip: If you see a line of cars waiting to enter the reserve, park your car outside the park along the highway 1 and walk to the entrance. This will save you a lot of time and frustration.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias):
Great Egret (Ardea alba) who just caught a lunch:
After catching a fish, the Great Egret relocated to a distant rock to eat his meal in peace:
Waves at the Devil's Cauldron (located near Sea Lion Rock) make you feel so humble about the power of the ocean:
Lonely Brandt's cormorant on the rock:
"Show me your teeth, you brushed them in the morning"-photo:
Sunset at the Bird Rock, where hundreds of Brandt's cormorants nest: