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People who want to bask in the warm glow of the sun can have a blast in Monterey County. There are quite a few amazing beaches in the county to explore. Examples are Asilomar Beach, Carmel Beach, San Carlos Beach, McAbee Beach and Del Monte Beach. If you want to revel in soft and smooth sands, swim, sunbathe and participate in thrilling water sports, Monterey County's beaches are unparalleled. Popular activity options include scuba diving, surfing, kayaking and playing volleyball.

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Salinas River State Beach

Moss Landing Visit Website

Salinas River State Beach

Portrero Moss Landing, CA 95039

The beach is located one mile south of Moss Landing. Take Potrero from Highway 1. TRAIL USE Horseback Riding DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES Picnic Areas Fishing Interpretive Exhibits Beach Area Swimming…

Zmudowski State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Stillwater Cove

Pebble Beach Visit Website

Stillwater Cove

1576 Cypress Dr Pebble Beach, CA 93953

The public beach at Stillwater Cove is near the Pebble Beach Beach Club inside the private community of Pebble Beach. Turn off 17 Mile Drive onto Palmero Way and then follow Cypress Drive to the end at…

Carmel Beach

Carmel-by-the-Sea Visit Website

Carmel Beach

Ocean Ave and Scenic Rd Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Carmel Beach is located at the foot of Ocean Avenue just a few blocks from downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. The beach is the most iconic spots on California's Central Coast and is rated "One of America's Top…

Sand Dollar Beach

Big Sur Visit Website

Sand Dollar Beach

Highway 1 Big Sur, CA 93920

Sand Dollar Beach is one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches on the spectacular Big Sur Coast. Sand Dollar Beach is the longest strand of sandy beach along the Big Sur coast. Great surfing, exploring…

Garrapata State Park

Carmel Visit Website

Garrapata State Park

Highway 1 Carmel, CA 93923

The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific and offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense…

Carmel River State Beach
Monterey State Beach

Monterey Visit Website

Monterey State Beach

2600 Sand Dunes Dr. Monterey, CA 93940

The north access point of Monterey State Beach, is west of Hwy 1. Take the Hwy 218 (Seaside) exit. Proceed west to parking lot. The south end is accessible west of the intersection of Figueroa St & Del…

Asilomar State Beach
Moss Landing State Beach

Moss Landing Visit Website

Moss Landing State Beach

Jetty Road Moss Landing, CA 95038

The beach is located on Jetty Road in Moss Landing and 16 miles north of Monterey via Highway 1. TRAIL USE Hiking Trails Horseback Riding DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES Picnic Areas Fishing Beach Area…

Andrew Molera State Park

Big Sur Visit Website

Andrew Molera State Park

Highway 1 Big Sur, CA 93920

In the spectacular Big Sur area, this park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking and beachcombing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive walk-in…

Marina State Beach

Marina Visit Website

Marina State Beach

Reservation Road Marina, CA 93933

The park is at the end of Reservation Road in Marina, 10 miles north of Monterey. DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES Picnic Areas Fishing Interpretive Exhibits Beach Area Swimming Windsurfing/Surfing Geocaching…

Lovers Point Park & Beach

Pacific Grove Visit Website

Lovers Point Park & Beach

Ocean View Blvd & 17th St Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Lovers Point Park is located at the foot of 17th Street, and is a landscaped community park of 4.4 acres. It is used for picnicking, fishing, swimming, watersports, and surfing. Lovers Point's amenities…

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Marina Visit Website

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

Beach Range Road Marina, CA 93933

This recently opened State Park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. From the parking area visitors may also take a stroll on the new boardwalk to a bluff…

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