Great white sand beaches can be found all around the Monterey Peninsula. With 99 miles of coastline, there are plenty of options for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and tide pooling. Some of the more popular beaches include Del Monte Beach,Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Lovers Point Park and Beach, Asilomar State Beach, Carmel Beach, and Monterey State Beach.
Asilomar State Beach
Ideal for swimming, surfing, kite flying, and exploring the tide pools at Spanish Bay, Asilomar State Beach is also a fine spot for spotting wildlife and taking in a magical sunset. There's also a boardwalk that connects the beach to 17-Mile Drive.
Big Sur Coast Beaches
Andrew Molera State Park is rich in hiking and biking trails that lead to all sorts of wild beaches along the Big Sur coast. The three-mile Big Sur River Bobcat Trail will take you past historic Cooper Cabin and ends at a lovely sandy beach.
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, this popular beach boasts soft sand and top-notch surf. It also features very fine dog-walking areas. And if your timing is good, you'll witness the annual sandcastle contest that draws both tourists and locals.
Carmel River State Beach
Also referred to as Wetlands Natural Preserve and Carmel River Lagoon, Carmel River State Beach is where you'll find a shallow lagoon that's perfect for playing. Along with birds and wildlife, there's a trail that will take you to Monastery Beach.
Del Monte Beach
Locals have claimed Del Monte Beach for themselves. Nestled in the middle of Monterey State Beach, this charming haven is mainly populated by surfers and beachcombers. There's a bit of history attached to Del Monte Beach. Its namesake is the historic Del Monte Resort.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park
In addition to four miles of shoreline, Fort Ord Dunes State Park is home to four miles of hiking and biking roads. The picturesque park is a former training area for the United States Army. Today, it's a respected endangered species habitat.
Lovers Point Park and Beach
Offering terrific views of Monterey Bay, Lovers Point Park and Beach is the perfect destination for everything from kayaking to scuba diving. It's also an idyllic spot to share a picnic with that special someone while watching the sunset.
Marina State Beach
Discover acres of beautiful sandy beaches at Marina State Beach. Locals love it and they can be found hang-gliding, kite flying, and surfing. A boardwalk goes across the dunes to the beach where you'll encounter a café and observation deck.
Monterey State Beach
Stretching from Wharf #2 to Seaside, this is Monterey's largest beach. Best of all, it's great for all types of activities, including kayaking, paddling, beach volleyball, canoeing, and swimming. From the beach, you can access Window on the Bay Park.
Moss Landing State Beach
This superb sand beach features a pier and jetty, which makes it a great choice for boating, surf fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wind-surfing. Moss Landing also offers hiking, horseback riding, and overnight camping. Birders are welcome, too.
Everyone knows about the incredible golf courses that dot Pebble Beach. But the beaches are equally excellent. While Stillwater Cove is the place of choice for serious boaters and divers, Spanish Bay Beach is where you'll want to go for surfing.