Search by beach, city or zipcode
The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach
The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach The Crater Beach

The Crater Beach in Sand City, California

“The Crater” and its adjacent beach are known as a clothing-optional area, but they should be known for the sandy playground that they comprise. The Crater is a huge depression in the dunes that has sand rising up around it on all sides. Some slopes are gentle while others are downright steep. Kids and adults can find a comfortable grade to climb and then jump or slide down. The beach there is wide, sandy and feels remote.

To find The Crater, visitors can park at the north end of the Sand City Shopping Center parking lot and walk along California Avenue to where it goes under the Highway 1 bridges. Look for a gate next to the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. Signs on the gate say private property, but most ignore them and climb right over it. The Crater is immediately on the left. If you don’t walk down the paved road beyond The Crater you are unlikely to have any trespassing issues. However, if you have problems with ignoring signs like these, you can get here by walking north on the beach from Sand City Beach.

Address
California Ave and Cabrillo Hwy
Sand City, CA 93955
Owner
City
Activities
Beachcombing, Sunbathing
Amenities
Paved Bike Path, Dunes, No Facilities
Pet Policy
Dogs allowed on leash
Fees
Free parking at the mall

* Note: This is a clothing optional beach

Book Hotel

Related Articles

Related Maps

  • Best Sand Dunes on the California Coast

    Sand dunes are diverse natural habitats that can be sources of endless fun whether it is hiking or just playing around. California has dunes all along its Pacific Ocean shoreline […]

    Read Article

  • The Beaches of Monterey Bay

    Not many places in California have a continuous stretch of sand like Monterey Bay. Between Santa Cruz & Monterey lies 31 miles of sandy coastline, only interrupted by the infrequent waterway, which can easily be […]

    Read Article