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Pacific Grove
Travel Guide

Pacific Grove

Soak up the old-style charm of this small seaside city, which is famed for the monarch butterflies that stop here on their great migrations.

Visiting Pacific Grove is like taking a delightful step back in time. Once a summer retreat for church groups, today it still emanates a sense of tranquility. Victorian houses dot the 2.5-square-mile (6.5-square-kilometer) city, deer wander through the streets and, in fall, the skies fill with thousands of monarch butterflies. Amble along the pretty streets, walk along the seafront boulevard and search for wildlife in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Pacific Grove is best enjoyed on foot, so put on your most comfortable footwear and stroll in the sunshine. Walk along the 3-mile-long (5-kilometer) Ocean View Boulevard, a cliff-top promenade where you can spot plants and dozens of species of birds. Sit on one of the benches and enjoy the views of Monterey Bay. Spend some time in the pretty little Marine Gardens Park.

Walk to the end of the boulevard, marked by the Point Pinos Lighthouse. Famed as one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the country, it has guided ships to safety with its 50,000-candlepower beacon since the mid-1800s. Visit the interesting little museum inside the lighthouse.

Pacific Grove is perched on the edge of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a haven for wildlife and nature. Venture to Lovers Point to glimpse sea otters diving for abalone. Go rock-pooling to spot crabs, starfish and limpets.

In autumn, the skies above Pacific Grove fill with tens of thousands of orange-and-black monarch butterflies as they pass through on one of the world’s most astounding migrations. See them hanging in great bunches from eucalyptus trees in Monarch Grove Sanctuary and George Washington Park. To learn more about the region’s nature, visit the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Pacific Grove is 42 miles (67 kilometers) south of Santa Cruz and 113 miles (181 kilometers) south of San Francisco. Navigate this tiny city easily on foot or by bicycle.

Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages
Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages
2.5 out of 5
1100 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is £59 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Situated in Pacific Grove, this golf motel is within a 15-minute walk of 17-Mile Drive and Monterey Bay. Cannery Row and Lovers Point are also within 2 miles ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,014 reviews)
"Close to a lot of beautiful places.lots of good places to eat and shop"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Sea Breeze Inn And Cottages
Lovers Point Inn
Lovers Point Inn
2 out of 5
625 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is £73 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this motel is steps away from Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also ...
3.5/5Good! (986 reviews)
"clean room excellent ocean view from our window great location"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Lovers Point Inn
Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
3 out of 5
1150 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is £96 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Grove Golf Links and 17-Mile Drive. Monterey Bay and Lovers Point are also within 1 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,090 reviews)
"This property is split on both sides of Lighthouse Avenue. One side has a view of the cemetery and one side has a view of the golf course. Even though the property was quiet it could definitely use some upkeep especially quality cleaning of the carpets and furniture cushions. Otherwise the staff ..."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
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Mv6: Lover's Point Mermaid Cottage
Mv6: Lover's Point Mermaid Cottage
715 Mermaid Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
Situated in Pacific Grove, this golf cabin is within a 5-minute walk of Oceanview Boulevard and Lovers Point. Monterey Bay and 17-Mile Drive are also within ...
Mv6: Lover's Point Mermaid Cottage
Newly Renovated Monterey Condo, Blocks From Aquarium
Newly Renovated Monterey Condo, Blocks From Aquarium
619 Lighthouse Ave, B, Pacific Grove, CA
Situated in Pacific Grove, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Monterey Bay and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive ...
3.5/5Good! (19 reviews)
Great location and clean - nice beds!
"I will rent it again!"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

Newly Renovated Monterey Condo, Blocks From Aquarium
Private Cottage in Pacific Grove
Private Cottage in Pacific Grove
215 15th St, Pacific Grove, CA
Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Jameson's Classic Motorcycle Museum, Monterey Bay and Lovers Point. 17-Mile ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (115 reviews)
Yellow cottage
"Great location- downtown is within walking distance. Very clean."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Private Cottage in Pacific Grove
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