About San Carlos Beach
San Carlos State Beach is a small beach in Monterey, located between Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf, near the Coast Guard station and breakwater. It's a very popular place for scuba diving, and many scuba classes are held there every year.
San Carlos Beach Fees
- Entrance Fee: None
Parking Fee: Yes. Pay at the machines and display the ticket on your dashboard
Creature Comforts at San Carlos Beach
- Nearest restrooms are on the walking path just above the beach
- No showers
- There are plenty of places to eat on Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf
- Dogs are not allowed on the beach
- The Monterey Bay Dive Company is nearby on Cannery Row. They offer guided dives, equipment rentals and scuba classes
San Carlos Beach Activities
- Scuba Diving
Highs and Lows at San Carlos Beach
Because there are so many divers at the beach most of the time, it's hard to do much else there.
How to Get to San Carlos Beach
San Carlos Beach is at the foot of McClellan Street and the east end of Cannery Row. From CA Hwy 1, follow signs toward Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Turn right on Cannery Row street or Reeside Avenue.
The parking lot above the beach is most convenient, but you can also try for one of the limited street parking spaces on Cannery Row just past the beach.
More Monterey County Beaches:
- Asilomar State Beach
- Carmel Beach
- Carmel River State Beach
- Lovers Point Beach
- Monterey State Beach
- Monterey County Nude Beaches