Andrew Molera State Park
Where the mountains fall into the seaAlthough a bit of a drive, Andrew Molera State Park is a well-rewarded trip south of Carmel, CA. You can pack a picnic and take the short hike out to the beach. If you pack your boots, it is highly recommended to do the long loop, Bluff Trail to Panorama Trail to Ridge Trail. It take a few hours but the 270 degree views if the coast line are well worth the effort, as is the magical little redwood Forest you pass through on your way down.