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Beach Weddings

There are three beach areas regulated by the City suitable for weddings. The three areas are located south east of Municipal Wharf No. 2. At a minimum a Beach Use Permit is required for groups of 10 or more. Wedding/Special Event permits may be required for weddings ceremonies and/or receptions with larger groups or more involved set-up and activities for your event. For fee information see our Parks and Recreation Schedule of Fees.

Alcohol is prohibited on public beaches, except by a valid written permit (Per MCC, Chapter 23, Section 23-4).

Chairs, arches, tents, musicians, floral arrangements, etc. are not permitted on the beach unless a wedding or special event permit has been issued by the Monterey Recreation Division. 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.

If you are interested in using a nearby hall, the El Estero Park Center, a City facility, is located across the street. Please call them at (831) 646-3873 for space availability and rate information.

Other Resources

There are many other potential sites in the Monterey area which are not regulated by the City of Monterey. For further information on sites, please contact any of the following:

Resource Phone
Lovers Point in Pacific Grove (831) 648-5730
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (888) 221-1010
Monterey County Recorder (marriage licenses) (831) 647-7906 or 755-5041
Monterey History & Art Association (831) 372-2608
Monterey State Historic Park (831) 649-7118