Monterey Bay Travel Guide
Plan Your Monterey Bay Vacation
Natural beauty is at the heart of the Monterey Bay area's enormous appeal—it's everywhere, from the redwood-studded hillsides to the pristine shoreline with miles of walking paths and bluff-top vistas. Nature even takes center stage indoors at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, but history also draws visitors, most notably to Monterey’s well-preserved waterfront district. Quaint, walkable towns and villages such as Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley Village lure with smart restaurants and galleries, while sunny Aptos, Capitola, Soquel, and Santa Cruz, with miles of sand and surf, attract surfers and beach lovers.
Accommodations in the Monterey area range from no-frills motels to luxurious hotels. Pacific Grove, amply endowed with... read more
The Monterey Bay area is a culinary paradise. The surrounding waters are full of fish, wild game roams the foothills, and... read more
Things To Do in Monterey Bay
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Marine life: Monterey Bay is the location of the world’s third-largest marine sanctuary, home to whales, otters, and other... Read more
Although Monterey’s coastal landscapes are stunning, their beauty is more than equaled by the wonders that lie offshore. The Monterey... Read more
O’Neill wet suits and beachwear weren’t exactly born in Santa Cruz, but as far as most of the world is concerned, the O’Neill... Read more
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