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Sandee - Andrew Molera State Park
Sandee - Andrew Molera State Park
Sandee - Andrew Molera State Park
Sandee - Andrew Molera State Park

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Located in the Big Sur region, Andrew Molera State Park is one of the largest state parks on the Big Sur coastline and is situated in Monterey County. The state park also has a three-mile-long narrow beach with light brown sand and sparse amounts of vegetation. The beach also has a lot of pebbles and driftwood, so it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear. The Big Sur River also meets the ocean near the beach and forms an estuary adjacent to it. The southern part of the beach is located below steep bluffs. 

The beach in Andrew Molera State Park does not have lifeguards or any other amenities except walking trails, so we recommend planning your trip accordingly.

There are three hiking trails in the state park that lead to the beach - the Beach Trail, the Creamery Meadows Trail, and the Headlands Trail. Since the hike to the beach requires crossing the Big Sur River, we recommend visiting the beach wearing appropriate footwear (although footbridges are present between June through October.) We also recommend being careful as Andrew Molera State Park is known to have a lot of poison oak plants. The beach in Andrew Molera State Park offers many fun activities including swimming, picnicking, surfing, skimboarding, wildlife watching, sunbathing, fishing, beachcombing, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, boating, and bodysurfing. If you are planning to go into the water near the beach in Andrew Molera State Park, we recommend being careful as the water here is known for rip currents. Nevertheless, the beach in Andrew Molera State Park is popular with surfers, as it is one of the few beaches in the Big Sur region which offers some excellent and consistent surfing waves. The water near the beach is also home to a variety of animals including seals, sea lions, dolphins, and migrating grey whales (between December and April). Andrew Molera State Park is also a great fishing spot, especially during winters when the water near the beach is known for harboring large populations of steelhead fish. The beach, due to its remote location, is often mistaken as clothing-optional by people. However, it must be noted that clothing-optional visits here are considered to be public indecency which is punishable by local authorities.

Andrew Molera State Park does not offer disability access.

Getting to the beach in Andrew Molera is a bit difficult - from the paid parking lot of Andrew Molera State Park, which is located near the intersection of Andrew Molera Road and Cabrillo Highway / California State Highway 1, you need to hike west to the coastline to access the beach.

As an interesting fact, Andrew Molera State Park is named after a prominent landowner named Andrew Molera, who is widely credited for introducing artichoke cultivation in California.

Apart from the beach, there are many other activities and attractions in Andrew Molera State Park - the state park has 20 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails which highlight a variety of landscapes present in the state park including forests of redwood and sycamore trees, open meadows, the banks of the Big Sur River, and a 40-feet high waterfall known as the Highbridge Falls. The Molera Ranch House Museum has interesting exhibits and artifacts which offer an interesting insight into the rich history of the Big Sur region. The details regarding the seasonal opening hours of the museum are available on the website of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. If you are looking for another attraction in Andrew Molera State Park, Ventana Wildlife Society Big Sur Discovery Center has informative exhibits about the vibrant biodiversity of the Big Sur Region. The discovery center also has a souvenir shop and organizes exciting nature tours.

If you get hungry, there are many great restaurants near Andrew Molera State Park within a 20-minute drive. Sierra Mar is an upscale restaurant that offers a pleasant oceanfront dining experience and serves excellent gourmet dishes. Additionally, the restaurant was awarded Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award in 2020 and has been praised in a variety of publications including the MICHELIN Guide. Nepenthe is a renowned restaurant that offers a dining area with a pleasant view of the Big Sur coastline and serves delicious California cuisine with Mediterranean influences. In addition, the restaurant has hosted a number of famous actors, writers, and artists including Ernest Hemmingway, Clint Eastwood, and Man Ray. If you are looking for a good and affordable restaurant near Andrew Molera State Park, the modestly priced Big Sur Deli offers excellent sandwiches served in generous portions.

If you are looking for a hotel near Andrew Molera State Park, there are many great nearby options. If you are looking for an upscale hotel, the 5-Star Post Ranch Inn is 20 minutes away by car and offers many amenities including a restaurant, a fitness center, a swimming pool, a spa with two infinity pools, complimentary breakfast, a car loaner facility, and complimentary classes for stargazing, yoga, and meditation. A more affordable hotel is the 3-Star Big Sur River Inn which offers many amenities including a restaurant, riverside deck with chairs, a general store, and a fireplace in the lobby. If you’re looking for a moderately-priced hotel near Andrew Molera State Park, the 3-Star Ripplewood Resort offers many amenities including a restaurant and a convenience store. If you’re looking for a camping spot near the beach, the Andrew Molera State Park Campground accommodates only tents and is a primitive campground that offers no amenities except a fire ring, a picnic table, and some restrooms, and arrangements for running water (the campground has no showers).

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  • Barbecue

  • Boat Ramp

  • Dogs

  • Fire Pits

  • Restrooms

  • Activities

  • Bike Paths

  • Camping

  • Fishing

  • Hiking

  • Surfing

  • Rentals

  • Bikes

  • Kayaking Canoeing

  • Windsurfing

  • Food

  • Restaurants

  • Access

  • Car Access

  • Disabled Access

  • Foot Access

  • Parking - Paid

  • Parking - RV Parking

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Surf through our FAQs to help you find your perfect beach!

    Does Andrew Molera State Park have parking? If so, is it free or paid?

    Andrew Molera State Park does not have dedicated parking but has street parking near the entrance.

    Does Andrew Molera State Park have lifeguards?

    No, Andrew Molera State Park does not have lifeguards monitoring the beach – please be careful when swimming on this beach.

    Is Andrew Molera State Park a family-friendly beach?

    Andrew Molera State Park is not family-friendly and does not have restrooms, lifeguards, and nearby food.

    Is Andrew Molera State Park good for swimming?

    Andrew Molera State Park is not generally considered a good swimming beach.

    Does Andrew Molera State Park have restrooms?

    Restrooms are conveniently available on or adjacent to the beach at Andrew Molera State Park.

    Is Andrew Molera State Park a nude beach?

    No, Andrew Molera State Park maintains a family-friendly atmosphere and does not allow nude bathing.

    Is there food near Andrew Molera State Park?

    Andrew Molera State Park has multiple restaurant options near or on the beach.

    What are the activities at Andrew Molera State Park?

    Andrew Molera State Park is renowned for its vibrant beach scene, offering various activities for everyone to enjoy Bike Paths, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Surfing.

    Does Andrew Molera State Park have accommodations for people with disabilities?

    Yes, Andrew Molera State Park offers accommodations for people with disabilities, allowing everyone to relish the coastal experience.

    Is Andrew Molera State Park a dog-friendly beach?

    Yes, bring your dog with you to Andrew Molera State Park!

    Is Andrew Molera State Park good for surfing?

    Yes, surfing is an activity that is frequently enjoyed at Andrew Molera State Park.

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