Huge waves crashing on rocks along Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove, California
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Feel the spray in California
Fantasizing about warm, sandy beaches with gently lapping waves? Well, we decided you could use a shake-up—so here we are in Monterey County, California, for a glimpse at the ocean's raw, unadulterated power. Asilomar State Beach's mile-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. Pictured behind, a rich dune habitat supporting its own delicate flora and fauna can be explored via a boardwalk trail.