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Del Monte Beach

Relax in this tranquil sandy bay hidden behind quaint coastal villas among the sand dunes and choppy waves of Monterey Bay.

Del Monte Beach is a pristine stretch of sand that is a popular spot for surfing and beachcombing. It is an extension of the larger Monterey State Beach and shares many of the same amenities. Appreciate the serene ambiance and silence that take you away from the crowds and noise of the city.

Arrive at this secluded beach and follow the wooden boardwalk trail that meanders around the sand dunes. Relax at a picnic table with some food and enjoy the sound of the crashing ocean water. Join the swathes of surfers on the rough waves that massage the shoreline.

Bring a kite to fly in the coastal breeze or do some beachcombing at low tide. Lay down a blanket and sunbathe in this pleasant area, which experiences warm weather year-round.

The beach took its name from the historic Del Monte Resort, which closed down and was replaced by the Naval Postgraduate School. Admire the coastal homes behind the dunes that overlook the beach. The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail running along the back of the beach offers pretty floral displays and ocean views. Wander along the rest of Monterey State Beach, which continues across a large portion of the Monterey Bay coastline.

Note that the beach is open at all times and free to access. Lifeguards do not patrol this part of the bay, so make sure to watch your kids at all times and be particularly vigilant in rough weather. Feel free to bring dogs, provided they are kept on a leash.

Del Monte Beach is on the northern coast of its namesake neighborhood in the eastern outskirts of Monterey. Walk or ride a bus for the 2-mile (3-kilometer) journey east from Monterey’s city center. Visit nearby landmarks, such as Laguna Grande Regional Park, Del Monte Lake and Roberts Lake. Leave your car in the free parking spaces near the dunes at the back of the beach or metered on-street parking near the pier.


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Lodging Near Del Monte Beach

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$54
El Castell Motel

El Castell Motel

2102 North Fremont St, Monterey
3.6
of 5, from 1,571 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Fremont Street, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Monterey County Fairgrounds and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park. Maritime Museum is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

$134
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey
4.0
of 5, from 4,777 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

After undergoing a $60 million renovation, this 550-room hotel and conference center is situated on 22 acres next to the 18-hole championship Pebble Beach Resort's Del Monte Golf Course, 6 blocks from the beach and 1 mile from downtown Monterey.

$129
Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

700 Munras Ave, Monterey
4.1
of 5, from 1,917 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This downtown Monterey property is a half-mile from Monterey State Beach and within a mile of Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.

$95
Best Western De Anza Inn

Best Western De Anza Inn

2141 North Fremont Street, Monterey
4.1
of 5, from 563 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Fremont Street, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Monterey County Fairgrounds and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park. Maritime Museum is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

$59
Monterey Bay Travelodge

Monterey Bay Travelodge

2030 North Fremont St, Monterey
3.6
of 5, from 3,131 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is a half-mile from Monterey Fairgrounds, and 1 mile from Dennis the Menace Park. Fisherman's Wharf is 2.5 miles away, and Monterey Bay Aquarium is 3.5 miles away.

$99
Colton Inn

Colton Inn

707 Pacific Street, Monterey
4.0
of 5, from 1,590 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monterey Museum of Art, Fisherman's Wharf, and Maritime Museum. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$104
Holiday Inn Express at Monterey Bay

Holiday Inn Express at Monterey Bay

1400 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside
3.7
of 5, from 1,622 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Del Monte Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park. Maritime Museum is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away.

Monterey Rentals, Tides In 4BR 3ba, Sleeps 10

Monterey Rentals, Tides In 4BR 3ba, Sleeps 10

120 Tide Avenue, Monterey
0.0 out of 5.0

This beachfront vacation home is located in Monterey, close to Del Monte Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, and Dennis the Menace Park. Also nearby are Maritime Museum and Naval Postgraduate School.