Monterey

Travel Guide
Monterey which includes a sandy beach, general coastal views and landscape views

Discover one of California’s most beautiful coastal cities, known for its fabulous aquarium and for being the setting for a famous John Steinbeck novel.

Located along the rugged coastline of California, the oceanfront settlement of Monterey exudes seaside charm. Play on the dunes at public beaches, observe sea lions at the wharfs and embark on scenic walks along the coastal cliffs.

Get acquainted with the history of this coastal city, which was originally founded by the Spanish in 1770. Wander around Old Monterey and be on the look out for the Path of History plaques, which are placed along the sidewalk and point toward the landmark historical buildings.

During the earlier half of the 20th century, Monterey made its money from sardine canning, an industry that Steinbeck wrote about in his novel Cannery Row. Although the sardine canning businesses have closed, Cannery Row still exists. Stroll down the street and look for a bronze bust of Steinbeck and the old workers’ shacks, which show the harsh living conditions the workers here would have endured.

Take a stroll down Fisherman’s Wharf, browsing souvenir shops, seafood markets and admiring the 360-degree harbor views along the way. Sea lions and seals can often be seen in the waters here.

Don’t miss the Monterey Bay Aquarium; its tanks are filled with kaleidoscopic marine creatures. The aquarium is right next to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where seals, sea lions, whales and dolphins can all be spotted. Of particular note is the aquarium’s kelp forest and the surreal jellyfish exhibit.

For visitors who want to see the California coast’s signature crashing waves and oceanfront cliffs, head for Garrapata State Park. Follow hiking trails along steep coastal bluffs and through towering redwood forests. Point Lobos State Reserve is another good place to get back to nature. Rent a kayak and paddle through coves, looking for orcas, sea lions and seals. The 18-mile (29-kilometer) long Monterey Bay Coastal Trail is open to walkers and cyclists.

From San Francisco, reach Monterey by car in about 2.5 hours. Buses are also available from San Jose, while internal flights touch down at Monterey Regional Airport. In downtown Monterey, make use of the free trolley service; check the Monterey-Salinas Transit website for the schedule.

Where to stay in Monterey

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA, 93940
Fully refundable
The price is £221 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (561 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel, beautiful stay. The staff was so friendly. Definitely recommend."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
4 out of 5
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA, 93940
The price is £336 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly resort in Monterey. Enjoy 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges and WiFi. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (997 reviews)
"Overall, the property was very clean. The rooms were light, airy and the partial view of the harbor was excellent with the mountains in the background. It was conveniently attached to the convention center and most everything was in walking distance: downtown Monterey, Cannery Row and The Aquarium. ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
The price is £374 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,772 reviews)
"Classy spot but no microwave!"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Beach house in the woods. Best of both worlds
Beach house in the woods. Best of both worlds
Monterey, CA
The price is £1,548 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this property in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and barbecues. Popular attractions Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Monterey is the best place in the world for golf
"We golfed in the morning and then went to the Carmel refuge to soak our cares away"

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2022

Beach house in the woods. Best of both worlds
NEW! Beachfront Monterey Bay Condo w/ Pool Access!
NEW! Beachfront Monterey Bay Condo w/ Pool Access!
Monterey, CA
Stay at this beach condo in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a hot tub. Popular attractions Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium are located nearby. ...
NEW! Beachfront Monterey Bay Condo w/ Pool Access!
Tides In - Monterey Beach House - Oceanfront, Walk to Fisherman's Wharf
Tides In - Monterey Beach House - Oceanfront, Walk to Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA
Stay at this beach holiday home in Monterey. Enjoy a beach locale, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Cannery Row and Monterey Bay ...
Tides In - Monterey Beach House - Oceanfront, Walk to Fisherman's Wharf
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