Locals and tourists flock to Asilomar State Beach! It's it close proximity to Monterey's Cannery Row, in the heart of Pacific Grove,... more » and has a highly popular conference center for retreats. If you need a break from the regular tourist stuff, this is a great option.
What's presented here is an easy combination 25 acre dune walk adjacent to the conference grounds and a jaunt along the beach and bluffs, it's two walks really. The ADA accessible 1 mile boardwalk through the dunes are great for school groups and a for taste of birding and wildflowers. It's an opportunity to easily access some of the States dune coastline.
The beach and bluff walk provide ready access to some spectacular coastline, tide pools, marine mammal and offshore preserve, kelp beds, and more. It's extremely popular locally for morning and afternoon walks. It's accessible, tucked between the coastal road and the ocean and one of those places that's gorgeous no matter the weather. There's all sorts of possibilities for ocean kayaking, paddle boarding, and diving. Being in Northern California, the water's cold...not a great place for casual swimming.
This beach walk has been kept to the State Park boundary, trails actually extend around Point Pinos into Cannery Row on both County and City trails and pathways.
Keep in mind, a lot of the way-points on this description represent beach and trail access points from the roadside parking on Sunset Drive. less «