Our physically-active travelers have much to look forward to when looking for the best places to run in Monterey. From our own front porch here at The Sanctuary Beach Resort, to some high-altitude and coastal trails, each of these spots offers to bring something special to your excursion:
With our own undisturbed stretch of Monterey Bay coastline, The Sanctuary Beach Resort offers its guests one of the nicest places to run in town. Take a morning jog along the calm bay, and then return to your guest cottage for some breakfast. And not to worry, if you want to try running around some other choice locations, you’ve got plenty to choose from.
Asilomar State Beach is one of the most gorgeous attractions in Monterey County. Located in the town of Pacific Grove, the beach features sandy and rocky coastline trails for you to run along—offering stellar views all the way. The white sand, tidepools, and surfers catching breaks creates a scene that will make your daily routine all the more memorable.
Running around Point Lobos State Natural Reserve can offer a number of exciting sights and experiences. Some of the more scenic options include Cypress Grove Trail and Sea Lion Point Trail. Needless to say, the trees and wildlife featured on these trails are worth the trip alone. The park also has amazing bird life and views of the water.
The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail features some of the most stellar views of the Pacific Ocean around. With over 18 miles of trails stretching from Pacific Grove to Castroville, this is one of the lengthiest of our scenic places to run around Monterey. That being said, it just might be the perfect challenge for some of our more intense long distance runners.
Jacks Peak Park is an amazing place for a day-hike with friends or family. There are gorgeous lookout points and forests, and several miles of hiking and horseback riding trails throughout the space. Additionally, Jacks Peak Park is a popular destination for local birders, so one of them might be able to point out some amazing chirpers for you too.