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Point Pinos Beaches in Pacific Grove, California

Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, California doesn’t have a wide beach, but there are sandy spots right at the point and nearby in both directions. At lower tides and during calm seas, tidepooling is fun here. The rocks all along the point invite exploration, but be careful and watch for sneaker waves that can crash ashore much higher than the average waves.

There are several pullouts and parking areas along Ocean View Boulevard which wraps around the point and Pacific Grove Golf Links a municipal 18-hole golf course. Restrooms can be found next to the golf course and Crespi Pond across the street.

Right at the point in a side loop parking area you’ll find the John Denver Memorial which honors the famous singer and musician who was killed Oct 12, 1997 in a small plane crash just off the point.

The historic Point Pinos Lighthouse sits in the center of the golf course near the intersection of Asilomar and Lighthouse Avenues. Stop by for a quick tour of the lighthouse mid-day Thursday through Monday. More walking trails are nearby at Asilomar State Beach (west of Point Pinos) and Perkins Park (east of the point).

Address
Ocean View Blvd and Asilomar Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Park Name
Shoreline Park, Point Pinos Lighthouse Reservation
Owner
City
Other Names
Pacific Grove Beach
Activities
Whale Watching, Beach Exploration, Birdwatching, Biking, Tidepooling, Lighthouse Tours
Amenities
Golf Course, Lighthouse, Tide Pools, Restrooms
Pet Policy
Dogs allowed on leash seaward of both Ocean View Blvd and Sunset Drive
Fees
Free parking

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