Monterey Beach Weddings
Monterey County is known for having some of the most picturesque, beautiful beaches in the entire country. Although no beaches that allow weddings in our area are private, they all have their own charm and a variety of settings.
Carmel Beach. Beautiful, deep white sand and views of the Pebble Beach Golf Course, a seemingly endless ocean and hints of Pt. Lobos. This is a very long beach so typically a wedding set up is not going to be crowded with other people. A permit is required for any weddings of any size (arches are no longer allowed) along with a $125 insurance fee (they no longer allow the vendors insurance solely to cover this requirement). Located in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. View Photos.
Carmel River State Beach (Stewarts Cove). This beach is a bit tucked away from the tourist traffic as it is accessible via a narrow, one lane road. Because of the angle of the beach, it tends to have the best weather of all of the beaches (e.g. not windy). Operated by the California State Parks, the fees to use the beach vary based on the amount of people and how many chairs you utilize. Permit fee required based on amount of people / props (we provide the insurance). Located in Carmel, about a 3 minutes drive from downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. One quick note about State Parks: Our company does have a permit that allows us to accommodate weddings with 10 or fewer people with no props (no chairs, arch etc..) with a highly reduced, minimal permit fee (call for information). With any permit, our insurance is included which saves you about $125.
Carmel River State Beach (River Mouth). Huge, wide beach that adjoins to Stewarts Cove. Accessible via a small parking lot area (with restrooms adjacent). Very pretty with views of the river mouth / lagoon off to the left and the ocean straight ahead (with views of another section of the beach off in the distance). To get to the edge of the water is a little bit of a hike. Permit fees required. With any permit, our insurance is included which saves you about $125.
Carmel River State Beach (Monastery). With easy access directly off of Highway 1, Monastery Beach is named after the Monastery that sits on the other side of the highway. This crescent shaped beach has some pretty views and a very dramatic surf (loudest crashing waves in the area). The sand is a bit more on the "pebbly" side but there is an access road to drive in special guests (including the bride) and a good sized restroom. Permit fees required. With any permit, our insurance is included which saves you about $125.
Pebble Beach. Along 17 Mile Drive, there are a variety of beaches ranging from large to small, from easy-to-find to completely hidden. Since this is part of the unincorporated area of the county, there are no permit fees (but still rules to follow). We like this area for smaller weddings and renewals because since an area cannot be reserved, you don't know if someone else might be in your spot with their wedding at the same time! We always have a plan "B" and a plan "C" but it's much easier to communicate with a smaller wedding party so any weddings or renewals must have 25 or less people. Every car does need to pay the $10 gate fee to gain access to 17 Mile Drive.
Garrapata State Beach. Also part of the California State Park System, this beach is just off of Highway 1 in Big Sur but fronted but a lush area of plants and flowers. Follow the well marked trail to a staircase that takes you down to the beach for the wedding. Typically, the wedding is set up close to the stairs (for your procession) but it can be moved based on your preference. The views are UNBELIEVABLE but it can be windy on some days. Permit fees required. With any permit, our insurance is included which saves you about $125.
Roberts Beach. Located in Monterey just as you enter town and adjacent to one of our largest hotels. Access is from a parking lot that leads directly on to the sand, down a slope and then flattens out on to the beach. Views of Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and extending out towards Pacific Grove. A great beach location if you are really want to be in Monterey; however, we would avoid this location in the height of tourist season (end of May - beginning of September) as it is also one of the most popular beaches in the summer. Permit fees required. With any permit, our insurance is included which saves you about $125.
San Carlos Beach. Located in downtown Monterey just as Cannery Row begins, this is a fairly small, narrow beach best for a smaller wedding or renewal. There is no permit fee but with that, you cannot have any chairs or an arch and must have 10 or fewer guests. A staircase and/or ramp bring you down to the beach which has great views of Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row and across the Monterey Bay. In the same location, there is a nice, grassy knoll where small weddings can be held as well.
Asilomar State Beach. Located along the Pacific Grove Coastline as you head towards Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay starting at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Crocker Avenue. A popular beach for locals and visitors alike. There are some great rocky outcroppings along the northern edge of the beach for photos. Beautiful views of the Pacific! Permit fees required. With any permit, our insurance is included which saves you about $125.
Del Monte Beach. Located to the right of Fisherman's Wharf No. 2 are a couple of nice areas for a small beach wedding. The City of Monterey says,
"Chairs, arches, tents, musicians, floral arrangements, etc. are not permitted on the beach. Beaches are open to the public, therefore, the public may walk through or occupy any and all areas of the beach – you may not "cord off" the area you intend to use. The only privilege associated with a Beach Permit is the right for a "group" to assemble." Rates vary.
Middle Beach. If you ask 100 locals about this beach, 95 of them will have no idea of what you are talking about. Tucked away in a residential corner of Carmel, a series of 103 steps brings you to a very isolated, beautiful beach. Due to the stairs and the somewhat unpredictable tides, we only do smaller weddings here (10 or less, no chairs, no arch) with a micro permit fee (call us for more details). Beautiful photo opportunities!
Hidden Beach. Best to give us a call on this one! Don't want to give away this secret location : ) Also available for smaller weddings with a micro permit fee. A pretty trail leads you to a short staircase down to the beach. With any permit, our insurance is included which saves you about $125.
Pfeiffer Beach. A hard to find beach (not marked) down Highway 1 in Big Sur that has a windy, 2 mile road that leads down to it. Beautiful beach (it can be windy but there are some trees up on a dune that can protect you from the wind) with waves that crash through a keyhole cut into the rocks. Only for smaller elopements per the beach rules (and not available all year round).