Did you know there’s a beach in the middle of Cannery Row? Behind the Spindrift Inn lies the sheltered cove of McAbee Beach. In the 1850s, Portuguese whalers used this cove; in the early 1900s Chinese fishermen lived here.
This secret beach is a great spot to let kids burn off energy before or after a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visitors can spot seals and otters playing offshore and may see the occasional scuba diver emerging from the water.
McAbee Beach has two sections, a small cove located at the foot of Prescott perfect for tidepooling and a much longer sandy beach at the foot of Hoffman, separated by a rocky area. At low tide, it’s easy to walk from one end to the other; at high tide, it’s best to walk along Cannery Row to get from the cove to the longer beach.
Directions: In Monterey, heading West on Del Monte, bear right onto Lighthouse Ave, then bear right onto Foam St. Make a right onto Hoffman Ave. At the intersection of Cannery Row, you'll see the trail head.