5 Best Beaches in Central California

The sun is out which means that beach season is finally here! We have compiled a list of five of Central California’s best beaches so you can spend less time researching and more time relaxing. Leave the stress at home and enjoy the deep blue waves, soft sand, unique animals, and of course, the California sun rays. Oh, and did we mention all of these beaches are pet friendly?

  Carmel Beach in Central California

Carmel Beach

This stunning beach, within walking distance from our romantic inn, stretches nearly a mile along the coast of California. While you can of course enjoy the scenic view of the ocean, Carmel Beach is also well-known for its large abundance of Cyprus trees and bluffs. If you want to experience a “true” beach day in the water, you’re at the right spot.

Carmel River State Beach in Central California

Carmel River State Beach

Looking for a more secluded beach? Then the Carmel River State Beach is for you. This beach is home to a bird sanctuary in the lagoon. Here, you can find an array of waterfowl and songbirds. While this beach is not very well-known for swimming, it is the perfect place to enjoy our Land & Sea Picnic Package with a view!

Surfer at Asolimar Beach

Asolimar Beach

Next up on the list is Asolimar Beach in Pacific Grove, home of Central California’s surfers and kayakers. In fact, you can even watch them from the Asolimar Coast Trail, a ¾ mile walking trail. Close by is also a pedestrian boardwalk through 25-acres of sand dunes.

Sealion at Garapata State Beach

Garapata Beach

Located along the Big Sur Coastline lies Garapata Beach. This beach contains nearly two miles of shore, hiking trails, and even a 50-foot climb to a stunning view of the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary. Garapata Beach is also known for its abundance of sea life such as sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and even gray whales during the migration season.

Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur California

Pfeiffer State Beach

Last but certainly not least is Pfeiffer State Beach located in Big Sur, California. This beach is home to the Keyhole Arch, perfect for all the selfies you’d ever want. While this beach can be a bit tricky to get to, it is definitely worth the challenge. If you happen to visit right after a good rain, you may even be able to see purple sand!

Pet Friendly Carmel CA Inn

Your Next Beach Trip Awaits

Come see for yourself why these are the best beaches in Central California. Stay with us at our pet-friendly CA inn and have everything you will need from cozy beds, gas fireplaces, separate bedrooms, daily breakfast, and more. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your next beach adventure to Central California and make Carmel Country Inn home base for your family and your pup!

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