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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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$154
Asilomar Conference Grounds

Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
3.5
of 5, from 226 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.

$110
Rosedale Inn

Rosedale Inn

775 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
4.1
of 5, from 210 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.

$113
Deer Haven Inn

Deer Haven Inn

750 Crocker Avenue, Pacific Grove
3.8
of 5, from 399 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).

Pacific Gardens Inn

Pacific Gardens Inn

701 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
4.2
of 5, from 17 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.

$136
Andril Fireplace Cottages

Andril Fireplace Cottages

569 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove
4.8
of 5, from 6 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.

$139
Best Western The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove

Best Western The Inn & Suites Pacific Grove

660 Dennett St, Pacific Grove
4.2
of 5, from 240 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).

$58
Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages

Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages

1100 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
3.8
of 5, from 283 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).

$115
Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

1150 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
3.5
of 5, from 751 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.