Beaches in Monterey County

Monterey County has 99 miles of spectacular coastline encompassing every coastal landscape. From dramatic cliffs with breathtaking waterfalls, to rocky shores perfect for the avid tidepooler or rock hunter, to sandy California beaches suitable for surfing, fishing and swimming, Monterey County has it all.


No matter what the activity you enjoy, you'll find a Monterey County beach that's perfect for it. Scuba divers find Monterey's McAbee Beach the perfect launching point from which to explore Monterey Bay's incredible kelp forests. Birders flock to Carmel River State Beach for record days of bird spotting. Rockhounds head down to Big Sur's Jade Cove to find the elusive stone it's named after. Surfers frequent Asilomar State Beach, Marina State Beach and Moss Landing State Beach to catch that perfect wave. Those looking to spot whales from the shore might just be in luck at Lovers Point Beach or Marina Sate Beach. Four legged friend are also welcome at the area's many pet-friendly beaches including Carmel Beach and Asilomar State Beach.  

*Immerse yourself in Monterey's breathtaking coastlines with this interactive 360 degree video captured in Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.


Bonfires are normally allowed at several Monterey Bay beaches, including Carmel Beach (limited access) and Del Monte Beach (near Pier 2); however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bonfires have been temporarily  restricted until further notice. Monterey beaches generally do not have lifeguards, and at even the most protected, bathers and waders should remain aware of our cold water and unpredictable surf. Small children and pets should not play in waves outside their depth on any Monterey beach. View a map of all State Parks and Beaches in Monterey County here.

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