Asilomar State Beach

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Asilomar State Beach

California

(831) 646-6440

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Things To Do

Overview

Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar (meaning "a refuge by the sea") State Beach and Conference Grounds offers beach and coast trail walks, a short boardwalk loop through the natural dune preserve and overnight room lodging and conference facilities. From its historic architecture to the forest, the dunes and coastline, State Park staff takes the lead in protecting and educating park visitors to Asilomar and monitors the delicate balance between preservation and public access.

Map of Asilomar State Beach (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.616458, -121.935325

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Vehicle parking and a bicycle lane is adjacent to the state beach on Sunset Drive.

  • Camping

    There is no camping on site, but visitors can reserve rooms in the Asilomar Conference Grounds.

  • Hiking

    Bordering the west side of the conference center are white sand dunes, vegetatively restored with native plants. A boardwalk provides close-up views of this living example of plant succession. Just inland from the water, "pioneer" species of sand verbena and beach sagewort have taken hold; these colonizers created soil conditions acceptable for larger plants such as tree lupine and coyote bush to thrive; ultimately Monterey pine will succeed. Asilomar Coast Trail extends a mile along the length of the state beach. From the trail, several side paths fork to tidepools and pocket beaches. Sea otters, sea lions, seals are sometimes seen from vantage points along the trail. In winter, scan the horizon for migrating California gray whales.

    From the coast, walkers can follow the boardwalk across dunes to the Asilomar Conference Center, a national historic landmark set in the piney woods.

  • Historic Sites

    The boardwalk also leads park visitors to the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Asilomar originated as a woman's summer camp and conference facility out of the inspired vision of a handful of resourceful, socially-concerned and committed women of the YWCA in 1913. Its historic buildings were designed by California architect Julia Morgan. It has been owned and operated by State Parks since 1956.

  • Picnicking

    There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors can spend their leisure time bird watching, strolling along the beach, bicycling, swimming in the heated pool, or playing a game of billiards, ping pong or volleyball.

Park Partners

Asilomar Conference Grounds

Asilomar's concessionaire offers a full service facility of year-round meeting rooms, overnight lodging, dining and catering for special events, including weddings. There are 18 private conference and meeting rooms ranging from a 650-seat lecture hall to an intimate gathering space for up to 10 individuals. Fireplaces add a unique charm to several of the meeting rooms. Lodging includes 312 guestrooms with private baths. Many rooms feature fireplaces, balconies or private decks. Some rooms are equipped with special accessibility features. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms. Three meals a day, chef's choice, full course fixed menu, are included in a conference package. For leisure guests staying overnight, breakfast is included in the room rates, and lunches and dinners are available by reservation.

(888) 635-5310

Directions

Driving

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds is adjacent to Sunset Drive and Asilomar Avenue in the city of Pacific Grove.

Directions to Asilomar from the North (Santa Cruz): Take State Highway 1 south towards Monterey. Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue.

Directions to Asilomar from the East (Salinas/Highway 101): Take Monterey/Highway 68 West from Salinas. Turn south on Highway 1 (approximately 15 miles). From Highway 1 take 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to Asilomar Avenue.

Phone Numbers

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(831) 646-6440

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