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.
A wide, sandy beach right in town that's great for walking and dog-friendly.
Carmel River State Beach
A scenic pair of beaches near the town of Carmel and California Highway One.
Lovers Point Beach
In the town of Pacific Grove and protected by cliffs on two sides, it's popular with scuba divers and families, leaving little room for the "lovers" that prompted its name.
Monterey State Beach
This stretch of sand next Fisherman's Wharf is a family favorite.
There's not much of a beach at Point Lobos if you're thinking of sunbathing or building a sand castle, but if your idea of a great beach is one that has some eye-popping scenery and crashing waves, Point Lobos may be just the place for you.
San Carlos Beach
Located between Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, San Carlos is the most popular spot in the area for scuba diving.
Places around Monterey where nude sunbathing is practiced.