Top 7 Family Friendly Beaches on the Monterey Peninsula

Top 7 Family-Friendly Beaches on Monterey Peninsula

 

The Monterey Peninsula has a number of inviting and picturesque beaches, from ones that literally stretch for miles to pocket beaches smaller than a half-acre. And each beach boasts activities particularly suited to that beach and its conditions, from surfing and swimming to scuba diving, kayaking, watching wildlife or simply sunbathing and beachcombing. The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa is centrally located to many beaches in the area! Below are the top 7 family-friendly beaches we recommend visiting during your stay at our hotel. For additional beach recommendations, feel free to ask our concierge.

 

1. Carmel Beach, Carmel

   One can't go to the charming city of Carmel-by-the-Sea and not go to Carmel Beach. The world-famous beach is renowned for its sugary white-sand beach, spectacular views, and magnificent sunsets. It's also accessible to dogs and south of 10th Avenue only, open-pit wood “warming fires” are allowed, a rarity on other beaches in California.

   There is a permanent restroom at the parking lot at the end of Ocean Avenue and temporary restrooms along Scenic Road.

 

Ideal for:

>All crowds

>Surfing,

>Skim boarding,

>Swimming (if you don't mind chilly water),

>Beach games

>Walking

>Jogging

>Dog walking

>Picnics

>Wood “warming fires,” but only south of 10th Avenue and only until 10 p.m.

>Beachcombing

How to get there:

Driving: Click here for directions.

 

 

2. Lovers Point Beach, Pacific Grove

   Lovers Point Park and Beach has been a popular boating and swimming beach since the late 1800s, when Pacific Grove was a Methodist retreat. Now surfers, kayakers and scuba divers also find the protected cove and gentle waves a good launch spot for their adventures. Add a volleyball court, the adjacent 4.4-acre Lovers Point Park, a kayak rental kiosk and an on-site snack bar during the summer and you have a perfect location for families and kids.

 

  Ideal for:

>Swimming

>Surfing

>Kayaking

>Diving

>Volleyball

>Standup paddleboarding

>Sunbathing in protected cove

>Beach games

>Picnics

How to get there:

Driving: Click here for directions.

 

3. Monterey State Beach, Monterey

   Monterey State Beach is a relatively flat, wide beach that extends from Fisherman's Wharf No. 2 in Monterey to Seaside. It is Monterey's largest and most popular beaches, and for good reason. Easily accessible from various spots along Del Monte Avenue, where there are both parking lots and street parking, Monterey State Beach boats gentle surf conditions, ideal for launching kayaks and outrigger canoes. Swimming is a popular activity because of the shallow and gradually deepening shoreline. Paragliders and kite-flyers find the Seaside end of the beach an ideal location because of the frequent winds. The adjacent Window on the Bay Park is a great spot for family picnics, volleyball and other games and just relaxing.

 

   Ideal for:

>Swimming

>Kayaking

>Diving

>Standup paddleboarding

>Beachcombing

>Beach games

>Picnics

>Surf fishing

>Beginner surfing

>Skim boarding

How to get there:

Driving: Click here for directions.

 

4. Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove

   Asilomar State Beach is a mile long and borders Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. In fact, just west of the beach is Spanish Bay Beach in Pebble Beach. Asilomar State Beach is part of the Asilomar Marine Reserve and includes the Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve, which has a quarter-mile boardwalk.

   Asilomar State Beach is relatively flat and wide and easily accessible from Ocean View Boulevard, which runs from Pacific Grove around Point Pinos and to Asilomar. In fact, it is a totally accessible beach, with beach wheelchairs that allow those with limited abilities an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful coastline. It's also dog-friendly, although dogs must be leashed at all times.

   Ideal for:

>Nature walks

>Beach walks

>Surfing

>Kayaking

>Kite flying

>Picnicking

>Sunset strolls

>Beachcombing

>Tidepooling

How to get there:

Driving: Click here for directions.

 

5. McAbee Beach, Cannery Row, Monterey

   Only .14 acre, McAbee Beach is a pocket beach smack dab in the middle of busy Cannery Row. It's a great, secluded spot for kayakers to launch, scuba divers to enter and children to let loose in the gentle waves after a long day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

   McAbee Beach has two sections, a small cove located at the foot of Prescott perfect for tidepooling and a much longer sandy beach at the foot of Hoffman, separated by a rocky area.

   Ideal for:

>Tidepooling

>Wading

>Kayaking

>Scuba diving

>Picnicking.

How to get there:

Driving: Click here for directions.

 

6. San Carlos Beach

   Another small "pocket" beach, San Carlos Beach is a popular spot for divers, beginning and expert, to begin their day's adventure. But it's also popular with families because of its easy waves and accessibility. It marks the beginning of Cannery Row and is fronted by a 2.87-acre passive coastline park with landscaped turf areas, walkways, seating areas, restrooms and vista points of the Bay. It's right next to the Coast Guard Pier, which is popular with fishermen and boaters to launch their craft.

   Ideal for:

>Wading

>Scuba diving

>Kayakers

>Swimming

>Picnicking.

How to get there:

Driving: Click here for directions.

 

 

7. Carmel River State Beach

   Carmel River State Beach includes the Carmel River Lagoon and Wetlands Natural Reserve, a popular birding area, and Monastery Beach, a popular diving area directly north of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Monastery Beach is not conducive to children and families because of the unpredictable riptides and surf conditions, but the southernmost end of Carmel River State Beach, called Stewart's Cove by locals, is more suited for swimming, wading and tidepooling. There's a restroom and small parking lot at the entrance to the main beach. There's also a lagoon created by Carmel River where it meets the beach.

   Ideal for:

>Birding

>Diving

>Kayaking

>Beachcombing

>Tidepooling

>Beach walks

>Wading

>Wildlife watching

How to get there:

Driving: Click here for directions.

 

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