One of our favorite things to do on the Monterey Peninsula is to go to the beach. From the salty air to the relaxing sound of the waves, there’s nothing more enjoyable on a warm, sunny day than spending time by the coast. Since our area is a major tourist attraction, quite often the beaches get busy. That’s why we like to head to secluded spots around the area that provide ocean views and total tranquility. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here are three of the most inspiring places to view the Pacific Ocean on the Monterey Peninsula.
Renowned for its spectacular views overlooking the Carmel Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links, a beautiful white sandy beach, and the fact that it allows dogs to run free (off-leash), Carmel Beach is one of our favorite places to view the Pacific Ocean on the Monterey Peninsula. For a more private experience, there’s a quiet walking path that leads from San Antonio Avenue down to the beach. As you walk along Carmel Beach heading toward Pebble Beach (on the right-side of the beach, facing the ocean), you’ll find fewer tourists, which makes this an ideal spot to hang out. Pack a picnic, grab a coffee from Carmel Bakery, or bring some beach toys, and get ready to have some fun under the sun.
Carmel River State Beach
This quiet and utterly gorgeous beach is within walking distance from Carmel Beach. Overlooking the naturally rugged wooded terrain of Point Lobos State Park, with sweeping views of Carmel Valley hills, Carmel River State Beach is not only a much less popular place to view the Pacific Ocean (which makes it ideal for intimate weddings, private gatherings, and a secluded experience), it also enables you to do more outdoor activities, like kayaking in the river that is adjacent to the beach. In addition, there’s a walking trail near the beach that is great for hiking or walking with your dog (on a leash).
Tucked away behind the gates in Pebble Beach lies Stillwater Cove, a secluded oceanfront area which can be accessed from the exclusive Beach & Tennis Club (which is a private, members-only country club that is also open to hotel guests), or from the public access area. This tranquil beach area is a great place for lounging on a gorgeous day, or if you’re up for more exciting activities, you can go sailing, boating, or fishing, as there is a pier there.
For more inspiring places to see and things to do on the Monterey Peninsula, check out these other Monterey Peninsula travel and event guides on I&C.