We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (271)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“tide pools”(90 reviews)
“white sand”(23 reviews)
The name of this State Beach means "a refuge by the sea," which describes the breathtaking views of forest, surf and sand on more than 105 secluded acres of scenic forest and sand dunes.
800 Asilomar Blvd, South of Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
+1 831-646-6440
Reviews (930)
Filter reviews
893 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewstide poolswhite sandbeautiful sunsetstate beachconference centerlow tidewalking trailscrashing waveseasy accessfun to watchsea lifewatch the sunsetmile drivenatural beautyclamssunny dayrock formations
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 893 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

An outstanding wild place where you can go and just sit for hours quietly watching the waves crashing and all the wildlife.

Thank Autumn1505
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our little dog, all eleven pounds of him, loves to walk along the coast around Asilomar, especially along the beach. The sea air makes his nose wrinkle with pleasure. Come to think of it, the sea air makes MY nose wrinkle with pleasure too! Plenty...More

Thank Larry U
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a preserve so whatever lands on the beach from the ocean stays there. There's kelp all over the place - 1st time I ever saw that! I was surprised I didn’t see any shells like I do at the Atlantic Ocean. There's great...More

Thank occasionaltraveler04
Reviewed 5 days ago

There weren't as many people as I expected to be on the beach. It is beautiful. It has blue waters, crashing waves against rocks. a beautiful sunset and many little walking trail type things. The seagulls on this beach were a breathtaking sight. This was...More

Thank Olivia F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful, clean sandy beach with lots of rock cropping that offer crashing waves that would delight even The grumpiest in your group. Lots of places to pull out and park. A fairly new beach boardwalk for the frail and persnickety who go to the beach,...More

Thank TRIPPY013
Reviewed 5 days ago

Just another great beach with great views of the California Coast. We loved just walking along the trails and taking pictures.

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm almost wary to share this gem of a destination due it may become overcrowded. Truth be told, this beach is lovely as any on the 17 mile drive. Rock formations, tide pools, beautiful white sand beaches that don't scorch your feet.

Thank sftravellers2015
Reviewed 6 days ago

Good place to surf, even better to watch the waves crash. Be careful on the rocks, rogue waves have killed tourists there. Mainatin a safe distance and respect the raw power of nature.

Thank Ronald W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our crew of 7 rented fat-tire electric bikes from Big Sur Bikes in Pacific Grove. Lovely ride pas Asilomar Beach on a clear day !

Thank DaveAg56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful views, BIG WAVES , watch surfers , walks along the beach, parking available ~worth seeing !

Thank suz999
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 17 hotels in Pacific Grove
Deer Haven Inn
348 reviews
.08 km away
Pacific Gardens Inn
340 reviews
.10 km away
Rosedale Inn
390 reviews
.10 km away
Asilomar Conference Grounds
852 reviews
.16 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 82 restaurants in Pacific Grove
Pavel's Backerei
297 reviews
1.59 km away
Peppoli at Pebble Beach
210 reviews
1.00 km away
Red House Cafe
1,226 reviews
1.46 km away
1,528 reviews
1.37 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 58 attractions in Pacific Grove
The Links at Spanish Bay
202 reviews
1.00 km away
Point Pinos Lighthouse
360 reviews
1.59 km away
Monarch Grove Sanctuary
403 reviews
1.05 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Melanie D
July 5, 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Sherri P | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know fires are not allowed on the "State Beach" (the end closest to the road) however you can have small Webers or hibachis. If you cross the small stream going from the boardwalk to the sea( the county end... More
John K
June 29, 2016|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from mfags | Reviewed this property |
I doubt it, there are several port a potty units in place along the beach road.
May 2, 2016|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from TonjaCee | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We saw several dogs and very few of them were leashed. They were all well behaved and it seems everyone does clean up after them. We saw no "gifts" left behind. :)