Beautiful Beaches In & Around Carmel, CA

A stay at the Carmel Green Lantern Inn ensures easy access to the many beaches in Monterey County. With nearly 100 miles of beautiful coastline from rocky cliffs and tide pools to spectacular waterfalls, there is something for everyone. These California beaches are perfect for surfers, fishers, and swimmers alike.

Carmel Beach

Known for its iconic white sands, this mile long beach offers unforgettable views of the Pebble Beach Golf Course and the Point Lobos State Reserve. This beach is great for families and is extremely pet-friendly, allowing dogs to be without a leash. Come for a picnic or a glass of wine and end your day with a campfire at the sun sets over the glistening water. If a picnic is not your style, visit one of the many restaurants in the area.


This beach is a mere “177” steps away from our Inn. This is the ideal beach to visit if proximity is important to you during your stay at the Carmel Green Lantern Inn.

Carmel River Beach

This beach is absolutely gorgeous, stretching a mile to the south of Carmel Point. The sweeping crescent of sandy beach is nestled in beside the rolling hills and golf course.

This beach is known for its strong undertows, so swimming is not advised. Flanked by rock formations, the beach is a scenic place for a stroll.


Located less than a mile away from the Carmel Green Lantern Inn, this beach is a quick 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the front door.

Asilomar State Beach

Asilomar State Beach is the best place for fun and games. Some of the more popular activities here are surfing, kite flying, and beachside walks. Asilomar State Beach is not very long, but it certainly packs in plenty of action and adventure within its mile.


From our location, it takes about 18 minutes to drive the 6.6 miles to Asilomar State Beach.

Monterey State Beach

Monterey State Beach is close to Fisherman’s Wharf and extends to Seaside, although Fisherman’s Wharf is home to the more popular hotspots.

Kayaking, surfing, swimming, and fishing are common. Don’t be surprised if you see scuba divers in the water checking out the varied marine life.


From the Carmel Green Lantern Inn, the Monterey State Beach is 6.2 miles or about an 18-minute drive.

Big Sur Beaches

Big Sur Beaches are not the easiest to get to, but they are well worth the hike. Most of these beaches are not accessible by car, a highlight for the beach goers who are searching for some seclusion and relaxation.

Garrapata State Park offers some of the quietest and most unspoiled beaches that the Pacific has to offer. With no facilities, this is the perfect place to pack a lunch, bring a book, and just relax. While there will not be many people, the seals, sea otters, sea lions, and occasional whale sightings will keep you entertained.

Pfeiffer Beach and its arch rock are also located off the beaten path. Popular with divers, this beach is worth the trip for anyone looking for some exercise and excitement. This beach offers peace and quiet, with a great view to go with it!

Andrew Molera State Park’s beach can only be reached by the appropriately named Beach Trail. It is a short and simple hike to get to along the edge of the Big Sur River. Andrew Molera State Park’s beach has earned the reputation of the most reliable spot to surf. If hiking is your scene, there is plenty more of that as well.


The Big Sur Beaches are reached by taking Highway 1 and heading south of Carmel. The different beaches are between 15 to 35 miles away.

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Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921

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