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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Carmel Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Carmel-by-the-Sea's greatest attraction is its rugged coastline, with pine and cypress forests and countless inlets. Carmel Beach, an...

Carmel Mission

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Long before it became a shopping and browsing destination, Carmel was an important religious center during the establishment of Spanish...

Carmel River State Beach

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

This sugar-white beach, stretching 106 acres along Carmel Bay, is adjacent to a bird sanctuary, where you might spot pelicans, kingfishers,...

Carmel Wine Walk By-the-Sea

  • Tour–Sight

If you purchase a Wine Walk Passport, you can park the car and sample local wines at any 10 of 14 tasting rooms, all within a few blocks...

Dawson Cole Fine Art

  • Museum/Gallery

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

Ocean Avenue

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Downtown Carmel's chief lure is shopping, especially along its main street, Ocean Avenue, between Junipero Avenue and Camino Real. The...

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

A 350-acre headland harboring a wealth of marine life, the reserve lies a few miles south of Carmel. The best way to explore here is...

Tor House

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Scattered throughout the pines of Carmel-by-the-Sea are houses and cottages originally built for the writers, artists, and photographers...


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