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Asilomar State Beach

Wander amid the rock pools, sand dunes and forests of this special place and you’ll understand why its name translates to “refuge by the sea.” 

Asilomar State Beach is a narrow one-mile (1.6-kilometer) strip of petite beaches, tidal pools and flora-rich sand dunes on the Monterey Peninsula. Follow the Asilomar Coast Trail, which runs along the dog-friendly beach. Explore the pools at low tide, and look for seals and sea lions sunning on the rocks. 

A boardwalk takes visitors through the 25 acres (10 hectares) of natural sand dunes. Twenty-five native species of hardy coastal flora, such as sagewort and coyote bush, thrive in the sand and keep erosion in check. These dunes are a fragile and protected habitat, so stay on the boardwalk. 

Continue along the boardwalk to the Asilomar Conference Center. This stunning collection of buildings was constructed in 1913 and started life as a women’s summer camp. Today, the center is used for private conferences. Take the time to appreciate this National Historic Landmark, built in the Arts and Crafts style popular in California at the time.

Just inland from the beach is the Asilomar pine and oak forest. These tall, native trees have become under threat from development and disease over the past century. Download a guide from the California State Parks website and take the 45-minute self-guided tour, starting at Merrill Hall. This 3/4-mile (700-meter) trail gives detailed information on Monterey pines and coast live oaks, some of which are 100 years old and 100 feet (30 meters) high. It also explores some of the local wildlife, from mint bushes to raccoons, hawks and salamanders. Watch out for the poison oak, however, a common native plant that can leave you scratching.

Asilomar State Beach is on the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, a 15-minute drive northwest of downtown Monterey. Public buses run from Monterey to Pacific Grove.


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Lodging Near Asilomar State Beach

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Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages $86
Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages

Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages

1100 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1,173 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages $93
    Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

    Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

    1150 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
       
      3.6
      of 5, from 1,887 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Adjacent to a golf course, this Pacific Grove hotel is less than 0.75 mile (1.2 kilometers) from Lovers Point Beach, Point Pinos Lighthouse, and Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Monterey Bay Aquarium is 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) away.

      Asilomar Conference Grounds $154
      Asilomar Conference Grounds

      Asilomar Conference Grounds

      800 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 817 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this Pacific Grove hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asilomar State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Monterey Bay Aquarium is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

        Rosedale Inn
        Rosedale Inn

        Rosedale Inn

        775 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 662 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asilomar State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Monterey Bay Aquarium is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

          Pacific Gardens Inn
          Pacific Gardens Inn

          Pacific Gardens Inn

          701 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 54 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asilomar State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Monterey Bay Aquarium is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

            Best Western The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove
            Best Western The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove

            Best Western The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove

            660 Dennett St, Pacific Grove
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 804 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asilomar State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Deer Haven Inn $119
              Deer Haven Inn

              Deer Haven Inn

              750 Crocker Avenue, Pacific Grove
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 1,350 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asilomar State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Andril Fireplace Cottages
                Andril Fireplace Cottages

                Andril Fireplace Cottages

                569 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 29 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asilomar State Beach and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Monterey Bay Aquarium is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.