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Lovers Point Park and Beach

Enjoy a day of sun and surf at this beautiful beach, which is one of the few places on the U.S. west coast where you can watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean.

It is easy to see why visitors and local residents alike have flocked to Lovers Point Park and Beach for over a century. With myriad things to see and do, this is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of mid-coast California. 

Lovers Point has a remarkable east-facing position, offering a view of the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy this unusual opportunity since most of California generally has only sunsets over the ocean. 

Spread your towel in the sand or swim in the blue Pacific waters. Watch surfers conquer the waves offshore. Have a sunny picnic in the grassy lawn area or play a game of beach volleyball. Because of its diverse marine life, Lovers Point is popular with scuba divers and fishermen. 

For the best views, head to the rocks at the end of the point. After a fairly easy climb, enjoy spectacular views of Monterey Bay. 

A network of trails makes this a popular spot for bikers and runners. For more of an excursion, continue along the paths all the way to downtown Monterey. 

Very few commercial structures block the view at Lovers Point. However, if you get hungry or thirsty, look for the small snack bar. Rent bikes, kayaks and other watersport equipment at the on-site shop. The area also has restroom facilities. 

Visit Lovers Point during daylight hours throughout the year. Note that there is rarely a lifeguard on duty, so swim or surf at your own risk. If you travel here in late July, watch the Feast of Lantern procession to the ocean and see the Royal Court of the festival in colorful Chinese costumes.

Lovers Point is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Monterey. There is a large parking lot, which fills up quickly on weekends. If this happens, park on nearby Ocean View Boulevard.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful sections of California’s coastline at picturesque Lovers Point Park and Beach. Make sure to bring your camera because everywhere you look is a scene worthy of a photo.


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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).

    Lovers Point Inn RM314
    Lovers Point Inn

    Lovers Point Inn

       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this motel is steps away from Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      InterContinental the Clement Monterey RM707
      InterContinental the Clement Monterey

      InterContinental the Clement Monterey

         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is steps away from Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum, Cannery Row and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and 17-Mile Drive are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages RM332
        Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

        Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Grove Golf Links and 17-Mile Drive. Monterey Bay and Lovers Point are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Centrella Inn RM521
          Centrella Inn

          Centrella Inn

             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Monterey Bay and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Pacific Grove Inn RM291
            Pacific Grove Inn

            Pacific Grove Inn

               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jameson's Classic Motorcycle Museum, Monterey Bay and 17-Mile Drive. Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Spindrift Inn RM684
              Spindrift Inn

              Spindrift Inn

                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Monterey, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, just steps away from Cannery Row and Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum. Monterey Bay Aquarium and San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater are also within 10 minutes.

                3705 Oceanview Serenity
                3705 Oceanview Serenity

                3705 Oceanview Serenity

                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Oceanview Boulevard and Lovers Point. Monterey Bay and 17-Mile Drive are also within 15 minutes.