After our fun day at the Point Lobos National Reserve, we stopped at the nearby Monastery Beach to hang out a little bit and watch the sunset. It's so peaceful to hang out listening to the waves crash. The interesting thing about this beach is the sand has larger particles, almost like tiny, tiny pebbles, rather than miniscule grains of sand that you'd normally expect.
BTW, it was really nice that you could park right off the highway and just walk onto the beach right there. Most other beaches we've been to have parking lots that are a slight hike away from the actual sand and surf. Too bad it isn't closer to us!