The Monterey Bay Area

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

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  • 1. Weston Gallery

    Art Galleries

    Run by the family of the late Edward Weston, this is hands down the best photography gallery around, with contemporary color photography and...Read More

  • 2. Bittner

    Other Specialty Store

    The shop carries collectible and vintage pens from around the world. ...Read More

  • 3. Bookshop Santa Cruz


    In 2021, the town's best and most beloved independent bookstore celebrated its 55th anniversary of selling new, used, and remaindered titles...Read More

  • 4. Boston Store

    Antiques & Collectibles

    Antiques and reproductions of 1850s merchandise—linens, crockery, preserves, soaps, and so forth—are available here. ...Read More

  • 5. Cannery Row Antique Mall

    Antiques & Collectibles

    Bargain hunters can sometimes find little treasures at the mall, which houses more than 100 local vendors under one roof. ...Read More

  • 6. Carmel Art Association

    Art Galleries

    Carmel's oldest gallery, established in 1927, exhibits original paintings and sculptures by local artists. ...Read More

  • 7. Dawson Cole Fine Art

    Art Galleries

    Amazing images of dancers, athletes, and other humans in motion come to life in this gallery that is devoted to the artworks of Monterey Bay...Read More

  • 8. elizabethW


    Named after the designer and owner's pioneering great-grandmother, elizabethW handcrafts fragrances, essential oils, candles, silk eye pillows...Read More

  • 9. Galerie Plein Aire

    Art Galleries

    The gallery showcases the oil paintings (mostly large-format seascapes and landscapes) of local artists Cyndra Bradford and Jeff Daniel Smith. ...Read More

  • 10. Gallery Sur

    Art Galleries

    Fine art photography of the Big Sur Coast and the Monterey Peninsula, including scenic shots and golf images, is the focus here. ...Read More

  • 11. Intima

    Other Specialty Store

    The European lingerie ranges from lacy to racy. ...Read More

  • 12. Jan de Luz

    Other Specialty Store

    This shop monograms and embroiders fine linens (including bathrobes) while you wait. ...Read More

  • 13. O'Neill Surf Shop

    Sporting Goods

    Local surfers get their wetties (wet suits) and other gear at this O'Neill store or the one in Capitola, at 1115 41st Avenue. There's also a...Read More

  • 14. Old Monterey Book Co.


    Antiquarian books and prints are this shop's specialties. ...Read More

  • 15. Santa Cruz Downtown Farmers' Market


    Santa Cruz is famous for its long tradition of organic growing and sustainable living, and its downtown market (one of five countywide) reflects...Read More

  • 16. The Custom House Gift Shop

    Other Specialty Store

    This store sells 1800s-theme items such as toys, as well as books related to Monterey and California heritage. ...Read More

  • 17. The True Olive Connection


    Taste your way through boutique extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world at this family-run shop. You can also pick...Read More

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