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Lovers Point Park and Beach

Enjoy a day of sun and surf at this beautiful beach, which is one of the few places on the U.S. west coast where you can watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean.

It is easy to see why visitors and local residents alike have flocked to Lovers Point Park and Beach for over a century. With myriad things to see and do, this is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of mid-coast California. 

Lovers Point has a remarkable east-facing position, offering a view of the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy this unusual opportunity since most of California generally has only sunsets over the ocean. 

Spread your towel in the sand or swim in the blue Pacific waters. Watch surfers conquer the waves offshore. Have a sunny picnic in the grassy lawn area or play a game of beach volleyball. Because of its diverse marine life, Lovers Point is popular with scuba divers and fishermen. 

For the best views, head to the rocks at the end of the point. After a fairly easy climb, enjoy spectacular views of Monterey Bay. 

A network of trails makes this a popular spot for bikers and runners. For more of an excursion, continue along the paths all the way to downtown Monterey. 

Very few commercial structures block the view at Lovers Point. However, if you get hungry or thirsty, look for the small snack bar. Rent bikes, kayaks and other watersport equipment at the on-site shop. The area also has restroom facilities. 

Visit Lovers Point during daylight hours throughout the year. Note that there is rarely a lifeguard on duty, so swim or surf at your own risk. If you travel here in late July, watch the Feast of Lantern procession to the ocean and see the Royal Court of the festival in colorful Chinese costumes.

Lovers Point is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Monterey. There is a large parking lot, which fills up quickly on weekends. If this happens, park on nearby Ocean View Boulevard.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful sections of California’s coastline at picturesque Lovers Point Park and Beach. Make sure to bring your camera because everywhere you look is a scene worthy of a photo.


Best Lodging Options Near Lovers Point

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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa $224
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Monterey, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Cannery Row and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lovers Point are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Lovers Point Inn $99
    Lovers Point Inn

    Lovers Point Inn

    625 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this motel is steps from Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay, and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      InterContinental the Clement Monterey $179
      InterContinental the Clement Monterey

      InterContinental the Clement Monterey

      750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is steps from Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum, Cannery Row, and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17-Mile Drive are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages $80
        Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

        Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

        1150 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Grove Golf Links and 17-Mile Drive. Monterey Bay and Lovers Point are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Centrella Inn $134
          Centrella Inn

          Centrella Inn

          612 Central Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Monterey Bay, and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            3709 Lover's Point Beach Retreat
            3709 Lover's Point Beach Retreat

            3709 Lover's Point Beach Retreat

            585 Ocean View Blvd. #3, Pacific Grove, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay, and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              The White House - Pacific Grove Beach House - Oceanfront Lovers Point
              The White House - Pacific Grove Beach House - Oceanfront Lovers Point

              The White House - Pacific Grove Beach House - Oceanfront Lovers Point

              609 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Pacific Grove, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay, and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Lover's Point 6 - Pacific Grove Townhome - Oceanfront Lovers Point
                Lover's Point 6 - Pacific Grove Townhome - Oceanfront Lovers Point

                Lover's Point 6 - Pacific Grove Townhome - Oceanfront Lovers Point

                Pacific Grove, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay, and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within 1 mi (2 km).