Monterey State Beach

UPDATE (May 22, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Monterey State Beach:

What is open now?

  • Limited parking is now available to the public.
  • Beach– Beach access is open for active recreation with safe social distancing.
  • Select chemical toilets will be available.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

Statewide:
  • Campgrounds.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: Please be sure to wear face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(831) 649-2836

Park Hours

Call the park

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed on beach from Roberts lot south. Dogs not allowed from Seaside lot north.

Driving Directions to Monterey SB

The north access point of Monterey SB, is west of Hwy 1. Take the Hwy 218 (Seaside) exit. Proceed west to parking lot. The south end is accessible west of the intersection of Figueroa St & Del Monte Av.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Beach Area
Swimming
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

About Monterey State Beach

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State beaches are areas with frontage on the ocean, or bays designed to provide swimming, boating, fishing, and other beach-oriented recreational activities. This beach is a favorite place for surfers and tidepool watchers. Fishing is popular, too. The cities of Monterey and Seaside share the park, which has three separate beaches approximately a mile apart. The underwater area of the park attracts scuba divers. Visitors also enjoy kayaking, kite-flying and volleyball. The flat beach is an excellent place for beachcombing.
There is NO campground at this State Beach.

 

 

Be "In The Know" about Bonfires

Notice to Visitors:

Effective September 16, 2014, California State Parks is banning beach fires on state beaches within the Monterey District to minimize any fire dangers. The state beaches affected by this order include Carmel River, Monastery and Monterey. State Park officials will begin issuing warnings immediately to first-time offenders. All illegal fires will immediately be put out and repeat offenders will be issued citations. For the purposes of cooking, a raised and self-contained gas camp stove may be used.

High fire danger and very little rain this summer, along with the continued degradation of our beaches due to charcoal and soot deposits from beach fires, requires us to rescind our order allowing beach fires. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but we are taking these steps to ensure public safety and to protect California’s natural resources.

California State Parks officials are rescinding a Superintendent’s Posted Order that allows beach fires without restrictions at the three state beaches mentioned above, and will begin enforcing California Code of Regulations T14 4311(a) which states, "No person shall light, build, use or maintain a fire within any State Park Unit except in a camp stove or a fireplace provided, maintained, or designated by the Department for such purpose".

Other measures recently taken to reduce the risk of wildfires include the US Forest Service and California State Parks banning any wood or charcoal burning fires in the Los Padres Forest or Big Sur in late August.

Additional Visitor Services
  • City of Monterey (Window on the Bay parcel)

Location-Directions

The park is located at the Seaside exit off Highway 218, west of Highway 1.
Monterey, CA Latitude/Longitude: 36.6003 / -121.8936

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.

Pets

Dogs are not allowed at Monterey State Beach North of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel.
Dogs on leash are allowed at Monterey State Beach South of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel.

Dogs on leash are allowed at Asilomar State Beach, Carmel River State Beach, and Garrapata State Park.

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