Explore some of the most beautiful beaches in California, located right on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California (affectionately known as Butterfly Town USA). From blue lagoons and white sandy beaches to tide pools and kelp forests teaming with life – all of Pacific Grove’s stunning beaches offer opportunity for ocean recreation. From seashells and surfing to kayaking, whale watching and scuba diving - each beach offers something special and unique to experience.
Lover’s Point Park & Beach
Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, California is one of Monterey Peninsula’s most-talked about gems! For years, people have been “popping the question” and getting married at this romantic, lover’s destination. It’s a great spot for the kids too – with its calm (typically gentler) waters, a kiddie pool, volleyball court, snack bar and Café, this beach is the perfect place to spend the day at the beach.
Located at the foot of 17th Street is a landscaped community park known as Lover’s Point Park. The park consists of 4.4 acres and is great for wedding ceremonies, photographs, picnics, lawn games, kite flying and more.
Asilomar State Beach
Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, California is a popular one-mile strip of white sandy beach best known for its walking trails and surfers. Its rocky coves offer tide pools with a diverse range of sea life to explore. Asilomar State Beach is wheelchair accessible and a wheelchair can be provided upon request.
Across from Asilomar State Beach is the Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve. One of Asilomar’s landmark stiles stands at the gateway to this preserve. A ¼ mile boardwalk meanders through the 25 acres of restored sand dune ecosystem. Discover the native plant greenhouse where more than 450,000 plants, representing 25 species have been grown and planted in the dunes and coastal bluffs.
Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of Asilomar Marine Reserve. All marine resources, animals and features are protected. No collecting or fishing is allowed.
Dogs are permitted on the state beach but must be leashed at all times and in the immediate control of the handler. There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.
Tour Asilomar State Beach with California State Parks
Asilomar State Beach staff-led tours provide a wealth of knowledge about this coastal refuge. Rest assured that you will walk away from this experience with a new perspective or a renewed appreciation of Asilomar's natural and cultural history. For regularly scheduled tour times visit State Park Tours.
Hopkins Marine Station Beach
There are two beaches on Point Cabrillo at Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California. On the west side there is a must-see seal colony that calls this beach home. The beach is on private Stanford University property so it is off-limits to the general public.
Seals are visible from Ocean View Boulevard between Dewey Street and 1st Street. Hopkins Marine Station beach is just a short walk along the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail from the Monterey Bay Aquarium at the west end of Cannery Row in Monterey. The trail continues along Shoreline Park to many viewpoints in Pacific Grove.
Perkins Park Beachfront
Perkins Park in Pacific Grove, California is the beachfront park along Ocean View Boulevard between Lover’s Point Park and Esplanade Park. Head here at low tide and explore the wealth of tide pools available along the beachfront here. The park is nearly a mile long and most of the bluff is covered in ice plant which blooms bright pink and purple during certain parts of the year. Locals call this the “magic carpet.”
Walking trails with benches meander along the bluff between the street and the water. Ocean View Boulevard has a popular bike lane for those who want to bike around the peninsula. There are no sandy beach areas at Perkins Park, but there are several places where you can access the shore from the trail.
Point Pinos Beaches
If you’re lucky, you might just discover your own little private beach at one of the many small beaches found along Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, California. Known for the Point Pinos Lighthouse that overlooks the beachfront, Point Pinos offers several small sandy coves right at the point and nearby in both directions. At lower tides and during calm seas, there are a ton of tide pools to explore. The rocks all along the point invite exploration, but be careful and watch out for rising tides and large waves. This beach is known for much higher than average waves.
There are several pullouts and parking areas along Ocean View Boulevard and Sunset Drive. Restrooms can be found next to the Pacific Grove Golf Links golf course and Crespi Pond across the street. The historic Point Pinos Lighthouse sits in the center of the golf course near the intersection of Asilomar and Lighthouse Avenue. Stop by for a quick tour of the lighthouse mid-day Thursday through Monday.