The Monterey Bay Area Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Monterey Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Asilomar State Beach

  • Beach–Sight

A beautiful coastal area, Asilomar State Beach stretches between Point Pinos and the Del Monte Forest. The 100 acres of dunes, tidal...

Lovers Point Park

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The coastal views are gorgeous from this waterfront park whose sheltered beach has a children's pool and a picnic area. The main lawn...

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The sanctuary is a reliable spot for viewing monarch butterflies between October and March. The best time to visit is between noon and...

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

  • Museum/Gallery

The museum, a good source for the latest information about monarch butterflies, has permanent exhibitions about the butterflies, birds...

Point Pinos Lighthouse

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

At this 1855 structure, the West Coast's oldest continuously operating lighthouse, you can learn about the lighting and foghorn operations...