Marianela at Point Lobos

Travel Channel's resident beach expert, Marianela Pereyra, becomes one with nature as she explores the scenic Point Lobos State Reserve.

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asilomar bike trail
asilomar bike trail

asilomar bike trail

Marianela is ready to unwind riding the bike trails of Asilomar Beach on the Monterey Penninsula. 960 1280

  

state park conservation

state park conservation

Asilomar is not only a fun cycling spot, but also a state park working to conserve its beach habitats and wildlife. 960 1280

  

dune restoration

dune restoration

Birds fly over the park’s dunes, which have been restored to a pristine state. 960 1280

  

beach edge

beach edge

The bike trail drops you off right at the edge of the beach. 960 1280

  

white quartz sand dunes

white quartz sand dunes

Loop through the 26 acres of rare white quartz sand dunes along the path. 960 1280

  

plant rehabilitation

plant rehabilitation

To preserve the park’s beauty, sections are closed off to the public for plant rehabilitation. 960 1280

  

white sand

white sand

Marianela gets her hands dirty the best way possible -- playing in the sand. 960 1280

  

mile long beach

mile long beach

Marianela observes the gorgeous mile-long stretch of beach. 960 1280

  

boardwalk

boardwalk

The boardwalk leads visitors right to the quiet coast. 960 1280

  

beach activities

beach activities

Visitors can take a romantic stroll, play football with the family, or surf on the perfect rolling waves. 960 1280

  

preservation

preservation

Asilomar Beach has made environment preservation a top priority since it was established in 1951. 960 1280

  

little refuge

little refuge

A “little refuge by the sea,” Asilomar Beach lives up to its name. 960 1280

  

beach trees

beach trees

The sand and beach sagewort have created unique soil conditions, allowing these trees to thrive near the coastline. 960 1280

  

beach volleyball
beach volleyball

beach volleyball

Marianela receives some beach volleyball tips from coach Mark Hull. 960 1280

  

california attitude

california attitude

Marianela embraces the laid-back California attitude of Santa Cruz. 960 1280

  

sand castles

sand castles

Girls are having fun in the sun making sand castles. 960 1280

  

volleyball practice

volleyball practice

Marianela practices her beach volleyball skills. 960 1280

  

santa cruz boardwalk

santa cruz boardwalk

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is the “Coney Island of California” complete with roller coasters. 960 1280

  

volleyball mecca

volleyball mecca

Santa Cruz is a beach volleyball mecca with over 15 courts. 960 1280

  

marianela learns

marianela learns

Marianela’s ready to learn how to ‘set’ the volleyball. 960 1280

  

volleyball net

volleyball net

These courts are frequented by both amateurs and experts alike. 960 1280

  

volleyball game

volleyball game

After some practice, Marianela is ready to jump into a game with the locals. 960 1280

  

seaside fun

seaside fun

Santa Cruz is the perfect setting for seaside fun. 960 1280

  

santa cruz coast

santa cruz coast

One look at the picturesque Santa Cruz coast and you’ll see why Marianela fell in love with this beach. 960 1280

  

sailboats

sailboats

Visitors take a pleasure cruise in their sailboats. 960 1280

  

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