Stillwater Cove: A Sanctuary for Kayaking, Paddleboarding and Aquatic Adventures

There are days when the heart-shaped Stillwater Cove barely has a pulse. The glassy waters are a sanctuary for paddleboarders and kayakers, who glide between enchanting kelp forests, cute sea otters and playful seals and dolphins.

Stillwater Cove is a protected inlet between Pescadero Rocks and Arrowhead Point. In golfing directions, it’s the drop-dead backdrop between the 7th and 17th holes, royally announcing one of the greatest four-hole stretches in the game: Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7. (Perhaps that stretch is only rivaled by grouping Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 10 together, instead.)

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The shallow Stillwater Cove is protected by the jutting Pescadero Point — which is actually home to Ghost Tree and some of the largest waves in the world.

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The Pesacadero Rocks off the 18th tee also act as a lead blocker to knock down northwest swells.

Stillwater Cove attracts boatloads of fishermen and divers — although diving access is limited to just 10 people per day to preserve the area’s natural beauty.

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Of course, Stillwater Cove isn’t always so still. Waves bouncing off the seawall along the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links are an iconic sight.

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But whether you’re playing golf along the bluffs ringing it, strolling along the beach kissing it, or cruising on its azure waters, the serene Stillwater Cove is a special place to spend any day.

Stillwater Cove at sunset.

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Interested in kayaking or paddleboarding Stillwater Cove? We’ve partnered with Adventures By The Sea for lessons, tours and more.

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