Lovers Point Park and Beach is a small beach with a stunning view of the bay. We biked here and stopped for some pictures and rock climbing. The beach is small, but calm on most days. Of course, the Pacific Ocean water is always a bit cold, so be sure to bring an extra set of clothes if your kids want to play in the water.
There's a rocky area great for clambering, but maybe a bit treacherous for younger kids.
We stopped by this very scenic point in the late afternoon before grabbing dinner in Pacific Grove. There is beach you can access on the north side of the park, but the main attraction is an outcropping of rocks that provide an amazing view of all of Monterey Bay to the north and beautiful coastline to the south.
I would have given this a higher rating if my son was older, but activities for young toddlers is more limited except for the most adventurous - the rock outcroppings area little too steep and dangerous for our comfort level with a young child, but families with kids a little older than our 2 1/2 year old would be able to experience more than we did.
It's a relatively small park and we spent just about 30 minutes here, but it's a great place for photos and relatively easy to make a quick stop to check out if you're in the area. Lots of people hang out and picnic on the lawn, fly kites, etc. If you're looking to get away from the rest of the tourists for a meal, downtown Pacific Grove has several options for those who enjoy quaint local restaurants instead of the big chains in Monterey and Cannery Row.