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Coastal Recreational Trail
Coastal Recreational Trail
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Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, Monterey, California 888-221-1010
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The Coastal Recreational Trail: Monterey's Finest Walk

The path that the Southern Pacific Railroad once took between Castroville and Pacific Grove is now a magnificent park. The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail stretches 18 miles, offering stunning views for outdoor activities like biking and in-line skating. You can even rent a surrey bike seating six and take the whole family out for a picnic overlooking the sea lions and sea otters. Prefer to get wet yourself? Surfing, paddle boating, and kayaking are all options, with rentals available from local businesses.



  • Artichoke Festival
  • Pebble Beach Food & Wine
  • Monterey Car Week


  • Jogging
  • Biking
  • Surrey bike rentals
  • In-line skating
  • Surfing
  • Picnic areas
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboating


  • What can I see along the Coastal Trail?

    From south to north, the 18-mile Monterey Coastal Recreational Trail takes visitors from the trailhead at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove through Point Cabrillo, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Shoreline, San Carlos Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, Del Monte Beach, Monterey State Beach, Seaside, Marina and as far north as Castroville.
  • What's the history of the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail

    The Coastal Trail runs along the path of the Southern Pacific Railroad's Monterey Branch, which was built in 1879. Southern Pacific's longest running passenger train, the Del Monte, ran on these tracks until 1971. In 1986, the Coastal Conservancy joined with the cities of Pacific Grove, Monterey and Seaside to transform the abandoned railway into the parkland it is today. 

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