Monterey State Beach

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (June 1, 2021)

What is open now?

  • The beach is open for day use.
  • Parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis.
  • Monterey State Beach is open to dogs on leash south of Roberts parking lot.
  • Restrooms.

What is currently closed?

  • Dogs are not allowed on Monterey State Beach north of Roberts parking lot.
  • There is no campground at Monterey State Beach.

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)

DOGS

Dogs are allowed on leash at:
Monterey State Beach South of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel.

Dogs are NOT allowed at:
Monterey State Beach North of the Monterey Beach Resort hotel.

Please be aware of:

  • Families with small children
  • Visitors with their own pets on leash
  • Early spring Western snowy plover seasonal resting areas

Thank you for keeping your dog on leash at all times!

 

Marine Protected Area Coloring Book - Area Marina Protegida - Libro Para Colorear

Embark on a journey of discovery about Marine protection in a fun and easy way!!

MPAMarine Protected Areas Coloring Book - Area Marina Protegida -  Libro Para Colorear - helps students of all ages learn about the rich diversity of plant and animal life found in California's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The book includes three new 3D augmented reality coloring pages that will allow students to interact with their colorings using a smartphone or tablet while learning about marine life and California's marine protected areas. 

Download the new marine protected area (MPA) coloring book along with the California Coastal Explorer Guide at: https://www.mpacollaborative.org/kids/