Monterey and Carmel Beaches
One of the prettiest and most popular beaches on the Monterey Peninsula, with a wide, sandy place to play and nice walking trails through the dunes.
Carmel Beach is long, curving, sandy beach located at the end of Ocean Street just a few blocks from downtown Carmel.
Carmel River State Beach
Carmel River State Beach is a state park with two locations: one on Scenic Road and the other just off CA Hwy 1 south of town. Both spots have nice views of Point Lobos.
Lovers Point Beach
Located on scenic Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, this beach is small but pretty.
Monterey State Beach
This beach stretches from the wharf around the edge of the bay to Seaside, with lots of nice spots for a walk or wading.
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.
Places around Monterey where nude sunbathing is practiced.