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Asilomar State Beach

800 Asilomar Boulevard, South of Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831-646-6440
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: The name of this State Beach means "a refuge by the sea," which describes the breathtaking views of...
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: The name of this State Beach means "a refuge by the sea," which describes the breathtaking views of forest, surf and sand on more than 105 secluded acres of scenic forest and sand dunes.

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San Jose, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We were at a conference nearby at the Asilomar Conference Grounds (which by the way is a must visit as well). During lunch, we simply took the two minute walk from the conference grounds to the beach, put down some tarp on the sands, brought out our bagels and chips, and simply enjoyed watching the surfers ride the waves. The... More 

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Los Altos, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Having just made a trip to the Florida gulf coast - and seeing the very flat "ocean" waves and coastline, my beloved California coastline is even more appreciated. I love, love, love the Northern California coastline. Dramatic, beautiful, powerful, awe inspiring. This visit to Asilomar State Beach was especially spectacular because a huge storm was brewing and the waves were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We had visited beach because it was a 5 or so minute walk from our hotel. The beach is a little unkept. But for the most part it's a wonderful afternoon or evening walk down and let the little ones build castles, or play in the soft white sand farther up from the shore line. Has a ton of paths... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This beautiful beach is filled with great tidepools when tide is low. Lots of rocks to climb on and a nice wide beach for walking or just enjoying the waves. Dogs are welcome. Beach connects to a boardwalk that leads to Inn at Spanish Bay.

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Each time my family travels to Monterey, we stop by this beach. Accessible from the Asilomar State Park (i.e. conference area), you can walk down along the boardwalk to the beach front. Numerous times we've spotted black-tail deer along the trails. Once down to the beach, the surf was moderate and fun for the kids.

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SF Bay Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Land a chair on the sand and watch the wildlife and surfers ride wave after wave. The long stretch of beach is a favorite for locals and surfers. Watching the people, dogs and birds puts one in a relaxed frame of mind. Easy access to the beach makes it a favorite spot.

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I like Asilomar state beach as I can take my dogs on it--officially on a least but unofficially (like most dogs) off leash. It's very convenient if you're staying as the Asilomar resort. There's also a long, well maintained board walk along the coast that's great for walking or setting up a painting easel and painting a la plein air.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is a nice, sandy beach, one of the best in the area. There are also trails to talk above the rocky areas. It's a great place to enjoy the beauty of the California coast.

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Morgan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Walked along the beach the entire distance every day, and the ocean views, waves, sea-life of dolphins, seals and sea otters was wonderful. You can also rent bikes at the Asilomar center, another great way to explore it as well!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Wonderful beach with rocks, big surf, and surfing. The beach is not crowded and offers a wonderful retreat from the busy life of the city. Parking along the shoulder of the road unless you are staying nearby at Asilomar Conference Center or another resort; then you can park and walk.

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