Monterey Bay Feature

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Top Reasons to Go

Marine life: Monterey Bay is the location of the world's third-largest marine sanctuary, home to whales, otters, and other underwater creatures.

Getaway central: For more than a century, urbanites have come to the Monterey Bay area to unwind, relax, and have fun. It's a great place to browse unique shops and galleries, ride a giant roller coaster, or play a round of golf on a world-class course.

Nature preserves: More than the sea is protected hereā€”the region boasts nearly 30 state parks, beaches, and preserves, fantastic places for walking, jogging, hiking, and biking.

Wine and dine: The area's rich agricultural bounty translates to abundant fresh produce, great wines, and fabulous dining. It's no wonder more than 300 culinary events take place here every year.

Small-town vibes: Even the cities here are friendly, walkable places where you'll feel like a local.

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