Asilomar State Beach is a scenic one mile stretch of sandy beach, rocky coves and tidepools, located in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula.
You'll find places to go surfing, diving, fishing, bird-watching, hiking, bicycling, kite flying and tidepool exploring. Due to hazardous rip currents, swimming is unsafe.
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A 3/4 mile wheelchair-accessible trail provides a great place to take a stroll. Bicyclists can use the paved Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, which starts at Seaside, and passes through Monterey, Pacific Grove and the 17 Mile Drive. (The Pacific Grove and 17 Mile Drive sections of the trail are the most scenic.)
Adjacent to the beach, you'll find 26 acres of rare white quartz sand dunes. Native species, such as beach sapwort, pink and yellow verbena, and dune ryegrass, have been reintroduced to restore the dune habitat. A wheelchair-accessible wooden boardwalk winds through the fragile dunes, connecting Asilomar SB to the Asilomar Conference Center.
Wildlife is abundant here, and you'll probably spot harbor seals, California sea lions, sea otters, and a variety of birds. If the season's right, you may also see passing whales, or migrating Monarch butterflies. Park Rangers offer free nature walks and cultural history walks, or pick up a map at the Park Store to take a self-guided tour.
The beach is part of the Pacific Grove Fish Garden Refuge and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Please don't disturb or collect any animals or plants. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a 6 foot leash. No open fires are allowed on the beach.
A free beach wheelchair is available by reservation only. (831) 372-4076 There are no restrooms at the beach, but they're available on the Conference Center grounds. Beach parking is available in 4 locations along Sunset Drive.
Get more information and download a park brochure at Asilomar State Beach.