It’s summertime and the beaches in Monterey are basking in the Central California sun, beckoning travelers to come soak up some rays. Obviously, the team here at The Sanctuary Beach Resort loves beaches. Looking from our own backyard, around the Monterey County area, we’ve put together a short guide to exploring the beaches in and around Monterey.
Asilomar Beach is located in Monterey County’s Pacific Grove—a gorgeous coastal town about fifteen miles south of The Sanctuary Beach Resort. Our guests can cruise over there in just twenty minutes down the famous Pacific Coast Highway. After the scenic drive, you’ll arrive at one of the most beloved beaches in the region, with perfect sunset views.
Asilomar Beach is not only a sandy oceanside hangout, it’s also a state park. The tranquil beach rises up into rocky stretches, and tall dunes, from which you can gaze out for miles down the coast. When you’re there, take a hike along the Coast Trail and through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve.
About ten miles south of The Sanctuary beach Resort, San Carlos Beach and Park is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Monterey. Coming down here by car, it’ll take about fifteen minutes. Along the way, you can check out other coastal attractions like Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and Sand City. If you continue on the coast past San Carlos, you’ll hit Lovers Point Park, and Asilomar State Beach too.
In addition to a sandy hangout for loungers and beach readers, San Carlos Beach also features a nearly three-acre city park with footpaths, benches, and vista lookout points. This is an ideal location for a family looking to have a picnic before checking out Monterey, those looking to kick back after a long day touring, as well as hikers and bikers traveling through the area. You can come here for a stroll with the family, or a swim in the ocean.
Heading further south, Carmel Beach sits on the other side of the Monterey Peninsula from San Carlos Beach Park. This is a cool place to visit if you’ve spent most of your trip near The Sanctuary Beach Resort and on Monterey Bay, because it peaks out towards Carmel Bay, and the Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area. It’s also near the Point Lobos State Natural reserve, and the world-famous Pebble Beach.
Carmel Beach itself is a broad beach and the main oceanside hangout for the Monterey County town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. Travelers visiting here can enjoy lounging and walking on the vast white sandy beach, as well as nearby hiking trails, and volleyball courts, This is also one of the premier surfing beaches near Monterey.
Marina State Beach is a protected Beach on Monterey Bay in Marina of Monterey County. This gorgeous, secluded beach is on the same stretch of land as The Sanctuary Beach Resort. We are super proud and in love with the location, because the quiet beaches offer incomparably serene experiences for travelers and beachgoers. In addition to lounging, attendees of Marina State Beach are also known for partaking in exciting activities like hang-gliding and kite surfing. It’s also a beautiful location for a picnic with the family.
The Sanctuary Beach Resort is located in Marina on an undisturbed stretch of Marina State Beach. Many of our bayside guest rooms offer travelers marvelous views of the water, and easy access to unique beach activities like nighttime campfires, and hikes along the nearby Marina Sand Dunes.
Planning a visit to the shores of Monterey Bay? Experience the region like a local, following our insider recommendations on the Sanctuary Beach Resort blog!