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Del Monte Beach

Relax in this tranquil sandy bay hidden behind quaint coastal villas among the sand dunes and choppy waves of Monterey Bay.

Del Monte Beach is a pristine stretch of sand that is a popular spot for surfing and beachcombing. It is an extension of the larger Monterey State Beach and shares many of the same amenities. Appreciate the serene ambiance and silence that take you away from the crowds and noise of the city.

Arrive at this secluded beach and follow the wooden boardwalk trail that meanders around the sand dunes. Relax at a picnic table with some food and enjoy the sound of the crashing ocean water. Join the swathes of surfers on the rough waves that massage the shoreline.

Bring a kite to fly in the coastal breeze or do some beachcombing at low tide. Lay down a blanket and sunbathe in this pleasant area, which experiences warm weather year-round.

The beach took its name from the historic Del Monte Resort, which closed down and was replaced by the Naval Postgraduate School. Admire the coastal homes behind the dunes that overlook the beach. The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail running along the back of the beach offers pretty floral displays and ocean views. Wander along the rest of Monterey State Beach, which continues across a large portion of the Monterey Bay coastline.

Note that the beach is open at all times and free to access. Lifeguards do not patrol this part of the bay, so make sure to watch your kids at all times and be particularly vigilant in rough weather. Feel free to bring dogs, provided they are kept on a leash.

Del Monte Beach is on the northern coast of its namesake neighborhood in the eastern outskirts of Monterey. Walk or ride a bus for the 2-mile (3-kilometer) journey east from Monterey’s city center. Visit nearby landmarks, such as Laguna Grande Regional Park, Del Monte Lake and Roberts Lake. Leave your car in the free parking spaces near the dunes at the back of the beach or metered on-street parking near the pier.


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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa RM969
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Monterey, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Cannery Row and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lovers Point are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Monterey Tides RM703
    Monterey Tides

    Monterey Tides

       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Monterey hotel is just steps away from Monterey State Beach and Monterey Bay. Del Monte Beach and Monterey County Fairgrounds are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa RM744
      Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

      Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Monterey, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Lake El Estero and Monterey Bay. Monterey County Fairgrounds and Del Monte Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Hotel 1110 - Adults Only RM449
        Hotel 1110 - Adults Only

        Hotel 1110 - Adults Only

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Monterey, this beachfront bed & breakfast is in the city centre, just steps away from Monterey State Beach and Monterey Bay. Del Monte Beach and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Pacific Inn RM245
          Pacific Inn

          Pacific Inn

             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Monterey State Beach, Monterey County Fairgrounds and Del Monte Beach. Monterey Bay and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            El Castell Motel RM245
            El Castell Motel

            El Castell Motel

               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey Bay and Del Monte Beach. Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Hilton Garden Inn Monterey RM491
              Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

              Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake El Estero and Monterey Bay. Monterey County Fairgrounds and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Monterey Oceanside Inn RM245
                Monterey Oceanside Inn

                Monterey Oceanside Inn

                2030 Del Monte Avenue, Monterey, CA
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Del Monte Beach and Monterey County Fairgrounds. Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row are also within 3 mi (5 km).