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“Clean sandy beaches close to Monterey”

Half Moon Bay State Beach
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$99.00*
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium
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$399.00*
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9-Hour Chauffeured Monterey Bay Coast Tour from San Francisco
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Owner description: Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
Reviewed March 13, 2013

There is easy parking and a beautiful view of the bay just minutes from downtown Monterey. We went for a walk on a sunny weekday and had the place almost to ourselves.

Thank Chris T
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is a basic, Northern California beach. It is rugged and lovely to walk along, but don't come here expecting to get in the water past your ankles, as it is too rough, cold, and has a harsh undertow. (If you want to swim go to Santa Cruz, which is in a cove and therefore safer). Also be careful with your dogs for the same undertow reason!

Thank DanceFaery
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

This is a nice beach, but it is not dog friendly. The sand is reasonably soft but not as nice as the beaches in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Thank Jennifer A
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

we come here to walk on the beach as it's about half an hour from Palo Alto. The kids play in the sand, we throw balls to the dogs, and I love being at the ocean. There are lots of runners and surfers too.

Thank mcjhawar
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Not a great beach, but part of a string of coastal beaches that each offer a different experience, and are all well-maintained.

Thank OmarKhayyam
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