Huge waves crashing on rocks along Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, California, USA
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Feel the spray in Monterey
Ready for warm sandy beaches with gently lapping waves? Well then allow us to highlight Monterey County, in the US state of California, for a glimpse at the ocean's raw, unadulterated power. Asilomar State Beach's 1.6-kilometre-long coastline trail offers views like this one of seas crashing on jagged shores. Below the frothy surface swim innumerable ocean organisms protected by the massive Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest marine preserve in the contiguous United States. Behind us, a rich dune habitat supporting its own delicate flora and fauna can be explored via a boardwalk trail.