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Posted by on May 27, 2015 | 43 comments

Lovers Point and the Carpet of Flowers

First impressions are important.

I do not think they have to be definite. When you met a person, you can keep the communication to develop a relationship. When you visit a new place, you can give it different tries until it grows on you.

But sometimes, a unique chance is all you get. My first visit to a restaurant is crucial. If I do not enjoy that first dish, the probabilities of returning are minimal.

Oh, I can tell you my first impression of the Monterey Bay was great.

After driving straight from Los Angeles  (about 6 hours), after your right leg becomes numb and your neck is all twisted, well, you are anxious to get that first glimpse of your destination.

I have been to the southern part of Peninsula before (Carmel, 17-Mile Drive). This time, I intended to visit the northern area and stop by several towns along the bay.

I knew I was close to where I wanted to go when I deviated in Salinas to Route 68.  About 20 miles later, I connect to CA-1 and ended up in front of the Monterey Wharf.  I kept driving east towards Pacific Grove, a small city located at the Peninsula’s northern tip.

For awe inspiring ocean views, Ocean View Boulevard is the way to go.  Once I got to this route, I proceeded to park and get out of the car.

Ahh, and that is when I got to see the Monterey Bay for the first time.  Sapphire colored water, strong waves crashing close to the pavement.  Cypress trees bended in magical shapes by the wind. Craggy stones jutting out of the ocean.  This view was all I needed to relax after the drive.  This first impression was charged with tons of positive emotions.

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Along this boulevard, there is a park called Lovers Point. It consists of a rocky promontory extending into the ocean.  The area closer to the road has amenities such as a café, picnic tables and benches to admire the view.

There is a cove colored with different blue hues.  People use it to sunbathe, swim or launch kayaks.

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Some people walk towards the rocks and climb them. The views from the top give you an interesting perspective of the entire place.

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Everybody seems to be enjoying the balmy weather and the sound of waves breaking against the rugged coast.

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

I even think this little fella (pictured below) was having a good time. He was standing still even though the waves were crashing near him. Also, we got very close to him and he stayed.  He was concentrated on the grass / flowers he was eating.  We were able to see the wind moving his fur.

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Now, one of Pacific Grove’s claims to fame is known as the carpet of flowers.  This refers to the pink and yellow flowers blooming close to the ocean.  It is said this type of plants (lantana, yellow aster, Pride of Madera, and Mexican Sage) attract Monarch Butterflies.

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Whatever the reason, seeing tons of flowers covering the jagged shores of the area is quite an spectacle.  It is not just me who thinks so.  I bumped into people visiting from Germany, Italy and Australia.

Judging by the amount of flowers, I think the blooming peak season was ending when I visited.  Anyway, it was a memorable sight.  I wish I could have stayed longer!

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Since I mentioned the Monarch Butterfly, let me point out that they breed in here.  These Monarchs migrate 2000 miles to reach Pacific Grove after their summer in Canada (they migrate to other parts of the States and Mexico too).

The black-and-orange butterflies spend much of the fall and winter in the local Monterey Pine trees, roughly from Halloween until Valentine’s Day.

There is more of Pacific Grove that I want to share in the blog.  For now, I leave with more pictures of the area surrounding Lovers Point.

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California

Have you see a carpet of flowers extending close to the ocean?

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Lovers Point, Pacific Grove, California



  1. OMG it’s beautiful! It reminds be some part of Bretagne, France (Brittany). And California is on my list for next summer! So I might getting there… Don’t know yet the exact road trip but… xx cathy

    • You have to tell me what places in Brittany look like these. I love to visit places covered with flowers. This has been my second successful find (the other one was the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Northern Los Angeles County).

    • Yes, it is an amazing place. The coastal scene is gorgeous. The flowers are like the cherry on top.

  2. Wow; what a sight. I can see why you felt positive being there; I feel positive viewing the pictures. I can imagine the freshness and calmness inspired by walking through such a breathtaking environment. My, the bright walk by the waters … i’ve never been on such a colourful beach side. Thanks for sharing. #PhotoFriday
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    • Hello Katie,
      I think this is a must visit for any West Coast road trip. Even if you do not make it here, make sure to visit Big Sur and the beaches of the Monterey Peninsula. I am sure you are going to enjoy the beauty of the area.

  3. Ruth! These photos are GORGEOUS! I love Monterey Bay, although it has been a really long time since I was last there. I never knew about the carpet of flowers, although I know that California does a lot to attract the monarchs.

    Again – GORGEOUS photos. Thank you for joining us again this week for photo friday!
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    • My first visit to the area was last year. We went back again last weekend. I do not know why I waited so long to visit. I keep discovering amazing places.

  4. What great pics! Looks like such a beautiful place. I’m heading off to the USA for the first time in 8 days and I am so excited!!!
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    • Zita,
      What parts of the states are you visiting? Have a wonderful time!

  5. Oh my goodness, these photos are absolutely beautiful!

    • Thanks Stephanie. Have you visited a place with so many flowers?

    • Elaine,
      When I arrived to the area is was a little bit overcasted. I didn’t think the pictures where going to come out right. I was king of relieved when I saw them. Last year, I visited the area and we were blessed with gorgeous weather too.

  6. I love Monterey Peninsula! I’ve been there so many times over the past 26 years and still, every time I go I am in awe with the beauty of this place. Thanks for joining #TheWeeklyPostcard blog link-up.
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    • Yes, I continue to be amazed by the beauty of this place every time I go. I can see myself living in the area.

  7. It’s been ages since I’ve been in this area, and I had forgotten how beautiful it is. The rugged rocks next to that blue, blue water is so striking. That you add a carpet of flowers over it just pushes the scene up to spectacular.
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    • It is definitely a beautiful place. I do not think it gets all the attention it deserves. The times I have visited, I haven’t seen a lot of people around. well, maybe it is better like that.

  8. Hi Ruth,
    Wow, who wouldn’t fall in love at first sight at this stunning place? I’ve been to Monterey so many years ago and sadly, I didn’t make it at this point. Lover’s Point is simply spectacular and the carpets of flowers so close to the sea is simply unique and certainly beautiful. Thanks for taking us in this lovely road trip of yours.
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    • I am noticing a lot of the commenters in this post have been to the area. Stay tuned because I have more stories coming up.

    • Vlad,
      Thanks for the compliment. I couldn’t leave the squirrel out of the post. I feel like he was part of the experience.

  9. Great photos! And that carpet of flowers – wow! I was there many years ago and now am in the process of planning to go again next spring. Monterey has one of my favorite inns I’ve ever stayed in – Spindrift Inn so I am hoping to stay again. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jill,
      I have heard about that inn. I am going to check it out next time I visit the area.

  10. I bet I left a comment here yesterday or so from #PhotoFriday or so. Just popping by again from my commentluv. O well. I remember writing about how beauitful your pictures were especially the colourful pink walk by the water. And how it understandable made you feel positive because it’s feels positive viewing them. 🙂
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  11. It’s gorgeous there! I can see why they call it Lovers Point – so romantic. I love all of the flowers and that cute little critter! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #WeekendWanderlust!

    • I love pink flowers too. When I see wildflowers, I am used to see yellow or orange flowers (not pink).

  12. Very pretty! Love all the shades of blue in the water. I would have loved to dip my toes in. Was the water cold?
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    • Yes, the water is cold. However, that doesn’t deter people from going in. There are a lot of surfers in the area too.

    • Ha, ha! Thanks for stopping by.

  13. These are truly amazing pictures…as a resident of PG we love our “purple carpet” and never get tired of walking along the shore and letting it touch us!! And, we love that people discover us and fall in love with our little town. If you ever come back to visit between October and March be sure to visit our Monarch Sanctuary, where the gathering Monarchs hang like bunches of grapes from the Monterey Pine and Eucalyptus trees…truly awesome!! Thanks for sharing your visit and come back and see us again!!!

    • I really enjoyed Pacific Grove! I can’t wait to visit when the butterflies are around. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. If the coastal scenes weren’t enough the carpet of flowers is wonderful. I would be in raptures with my camera.
    Happy travels & thankyou for stopping by my blog this week. It was great to meet you.


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