Plan Your California Vacation
Your online travel guide to Monterey California
and the surrounding central coast...
The best of California lies in and around this peninsula. There's so much to explore and enjoy:
- the world class aquarium
- historic downtown and Cannery Row
- incredible mansions and golfing at Pebble Beach
- picturesque gardens and art galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea
- wine tasting in Carmel Valley
- camping and hiking in Big Sur
- surfing and beach boardwalk fun in Santa Cruz
Just two hours south of San Francisco, it makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway. Out of state visitors and international tourists will want to stay longer to enjoy all there is to experience here.
Though popular in summer, it doesn't have anywhere close to the crowds and traffic of Southern California or the San Francisco Bay area.
The cooling marine breezes are a welcome respite from inland heat waves. The area is rich with natural beauty, especially evident at Point Lobos, the 17 Mile Drive and Elkhorn Slough.
|The Monterey Penninsula on a Spring Day
It's also full of California history, as this was the first capital of California. The downtown area is filled with historic old buildings where you can do a walking tour, or visit the Carmel Mission for a flavor of the past.
This site aims to help you plan your visit, from letting you know about the best local attractions and events, to helping you find the type of accommodations you seek, whether a budget motel, resort by the sea, Big Sur campground, or romantic Pacific Grove bed and breakfast. The Monterey area map above helps you get oriented.
Welcome to the best part of the central coast!
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- The Monterey Aquarium
- Probably the best family attraction of the Monterey Peninsula is the Monterey Aquarium.
- Monterey Bay Hotels
- A guide to Monterey Bay hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast inns.
- Monterey County California Festivals and Events
- A guide to annual festivals and events in Monterey County California, including Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz.
- Reasons To Visit Monterey California
- Monterey California on the central coast has a variety of natural and manmade attractions for the visitor, such as Fisherman's Wharf, the 17 mile drive, the aquarium, music festivals and much more.
- Carmel California Getaway
- While visiting Monterey Bay, take a side trip to Carmel California, gem of the central coast.
- Pacific Grove California
- A quiet, Victorian seaside village, Pacific Grove California is a wonderful place to stay on the Monterey Peninsula.
- Pebble Beach California
- The exclusive community of Pebble Beach is located on the Monterey Peninsula, between Pacific Grove and Carmel.
- Carmel Valley
- Carmel Valley is a small village about twelve miles inland from the coast near Monterey and Carmel.
- Big Sur California
- One of the wildest, most beautiful regions of wilderness is in Big Sur California, where the mountains meet the Pacific Ocean in dramatic contrast.
- Santa Cruz California
- For some fun in the sun, Santa Cruz California makes a great day trip from the Monterey Peninsula.
- Monterey Vacation Rentals
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- Central Coast California Real Estate
- This is a brief overview of Central Coast California real estate, focused mostly on Monterey County.
- California Weekend Getaways
- Find weekend getaways to other California travel destinations outside of Monterey.
- Worldwide Vacation Getaways
- Here you'll find ideas for worldwide vacation getaways to other destinations.
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