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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

400 Cannery Row, Monterey 93940

4.0 out of 5.0

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits right on the bay in the center of town, a 15-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf and 2.5 miles …

£152
La Playa Carmel
La Playa Carmel

Camino Real at Eighth Ave., Carmel 93921

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Bough Playhouse and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Gol …

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Lone Oak Lodge
Lone Oak Lodge

2221 N. Fremont St., Monterey 93940

2.5 out of 5.0

Located in North Fremont Street, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Monterey Pines Golf Course and Del Monte Beach. …

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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

700 Munras Ave, Monterey 93940

3.5 out of 5.0

This downtown Monterey property is a half-mile from Monterey State Beach and within a mile of Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.

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Monterey Bay Inn
Monterey Bay Inn

242 Cannery Row, Monterey 93940

3.5 out of 5.0

Anchoring the quiet end of Cannery Row, this waterfront boutique hotel is perched above Monterey Bay, with Fisherman's Wharf …

£142
Spindrift Inn
Spindrift Inn

652 Cannery Row, Monterey 93940

3.5 out of 5.0

On a stretch of beach along Monterey Bay, this European-style boutique hotel is less than 3 blocks from Monterey Bay Aquarium …

£128
Mariposa Inn & Suites
Mariposa Inn & Suites

1386 Munras Avenue, Monterey 93940

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Munras Avenue, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Del Monte Shopping Center, Fisherman's Wharf, and Dennis the …

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Best Western Plus Carmel Bay View Inn
Best Western Plus Carmel Bay View Inn

Junipero Street Between 5th And 6th St, Carmel 93921

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Carmel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmel Plaza and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.7 mi …

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Best Western Plus Victorian Inn
Best Western Plus Victorian Inn

487 Foam St, Monterey 93940

3.0 out of 5.0

Less than a half-mile from Monterey Bay Aquarium and 1 block off Cannery Row, this Green Seal certified, family-friendly Best …

£100
Quail Lodge & Golf Club
Quail Lodge & Golf Club

8205 VALLEY GREENS DRIVE, Carmel 93923

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Carmel, this golf resort is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Chateau Julien and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Rancho Canada Golf Club. …

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Situated on California's rugged central coast, laid-back Monterey is famous for its world-class aquarium, its annual jazz festival, and for being immortalised by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck in his novel Cannery Row – you’ll find a bronze bust of him on Prescott Avenue. Monterey boasts a range of one- to four-star hotels, many of which are situated within walking distance of the city's top attractions. Look on Cannery Row itself for luxury hotels with sea views, south of Fisherman's Wharf for good value inns and motels, and in the Sand City area for beach resorts.

Shopping and Attractions on Monterey’s Cannery Row

Waterfront street Cannery Row's sardine-canning business collapsed after World War II, but many old cannery buildings have been transformed into restaurants, art galleries and independent shops. It’s a great place for wine fans too – this is the beating heart of California's wine country, and Cannery Row is lined with boutique tasting rooms where you can sample hand-crafted wines from Monterey vineyards.

Also on Cannery Row is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of California’s top attractions. Teeming with everything from sunfish to sea otters, this enormous aquarium is home to a whopping 35,000 creatures in 34 galleries. Younger visitors will love the petting tanks and the twice-daily penguin feeding shows. Stand-out exhibits include the huge Open Sea tank and the jellyfish tanks, which are illuminated by fluorescent lights.

Explore Fisherman’s Wharf

From Cannery Row, rent a segway or take a stroll along the pretty Recreation Trail to Fisherman's Wharf, where you can spot sea otters, seals and pelicans lounging about on the waterfront of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Built in 1845, Fisherman's Wharf is packed with independent shops, and has a wealth of restaurants serving seafood specialities. Whale watching boat trips depart daily from here year-round; visitors can expect to see humpbacks, blue whales and gray whales, and if you're lucky - fin or minke whales. Deep-sea fishing trips are also on offer. Hotels to suit all budgets can be found within walking distance of this buzzy area.

Events and Activities in Monterey

Perfect for those with a taste for adventure, sporting activities in the area include kayaking, surfing and golf. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is popular with scuba divers thanks to its kelp forests and abundance of marine life.

Jazz enthusiasts should visit the city on the third weekend of September for its annual three-day jazz festival, which attracts big-name stars. Established in 1958, the major event is one of the world's longest-running jazz festivals. Past artists on the bill have included Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday.

Self-Drive Adventures in Monterey

Monterey is the jumping off point for the most spectacular stretch of California's famous Highway One. Drive south of Monterey to discover hundreds of miles of rugged coastline, pretty seaside towns, vineyards and redwood forests. If you don't have time for such a long drive, hire a car to cruise along the spectacular 17-Mile Drive, which is part of the exclusive 5,300-acre Pebble Beach resort.

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