Added by Karissa Frye

Escape the crowds on this beautifully preserved beach.

Asilomar, or “refuge by the sea” definitely lives up to its name. The beach is expansive and less-populated than other nearby destinations. With large sandbars and rocky outcroppings, it is a great place to enjoy sunset. 

This beach is also known for its premium surf, so expect a show from the locals! There are many staircases right off the road that lead you down to the ocean. Trails can be spotted all along the coast, and are well-maintained. There is nothing quite like sunset on the ocean with a bottle of champagne and good company.

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Chillin
Adult Beverages
Beach
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Scenic

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Stay Nearby

Pacific Grove, California

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

RoomsIn keeping with its rest and reflection traditions, the guest rooms at Asilomar are simple and beautiful—and most importantly free of modern-day distractions such as telephones and televisions...

From $176/night

Moss Landing, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Prunedale, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

1186 San Andreas Road

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

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