At this moment in time, we are all in uncharted territory due to COVID-19. We want nothing more than for all of us to get through this together. Our wish is to continue to provide you with the best service in the industry, and support the livelihood of our hard working teams. When you are ready to travel, we encourage you to visit Carmel to check out all Carmel Valley Lodge has to offer, especially our outstanding local beaches. In fact, Monterey County has 99 miles of amazing coastline! Here’s all you want to know about beaches near Carmel, CA.
Beaches Near Carmel
The scene of activity almost every hour of the day, the pristine white sands of Carmel Beach beckon all creatures, including our four-legged friends (Carmel Beach is dog-friendly and can run off-leash on the beach!). Free parking is available in the parking lot on Ocean Avenue along with free, on-street parking along Scenic Road. You might also explore surfing, organized beach volleyball, beach campfire gatherings, and a walk or jog along the Scenic Bluff Path.
It’s the smallest beach in Monterey County, less than one-quarter acre (under 10,890 sf!) in size, but its size in no way reflects its popularity with surfers, kayakers and families. This is a great place to bask in the sun and dip one’s toes in the water. It also happens to be right in the middle of Cannery Row, home of early 1900’s canneries, and made popular by famed novelist John Steinbeck in his 1945 novel Cannery Row. This also happens to be the original beginning of the famed “17-Mile Drive”
Prized by locals, Del Monte Beach received its name via the renowned Hotel Del Monte, one of the world’s most famous resorts at the turn of the last century, and the “starting and finishing point” of the original 17-Mile Drive. It is now home to the Naval Postgraduate School. Del Monte Beach is a haven for surfers and beachcombers, and is located smack dab in the middle of Monterey State Beach.
Big Sur is an area which features spectacular hiking trails (Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) and a variety of beaches, including the most popular, Pfeiffer Beach, which was named by USA Today as one of California’s Top Ten Beaches (2015). Big Sur also is home to several hillside restaurants and eateries, with amazing oceanic views.
On this enchanted drive, you will encounter pristine beaches, magnificent cliffs, the world-famous “Lone Cypress” and sought-after golf courses, including Pebble Beach. The Pebble Beach area is also a culinary hot spot with an outstanding array of fine dining, bistros, wineries and tap rooms.
Lodging in Monterey CA
Your innkeepers at Carmel Valley Lodge await you. After a day of sightseeing, enjoy a dip in our pool, unwind in our spa, or sample wine by the fire pit. Awaken to a great cup of locally roasted specialty coffee and our signature gourmet breakfast, or our simple continental breakfast. Your canine family members are welcome too! We also offer some fun and unique getaway specials and vacation packages that you won’t find anywhere else on the Monterey Peninsula.
When you are ready to travel, we are here for you. Contact us at (831) 659-2261 or book online.