Monterey

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

Forests of towering redwoods, dramatic seascapes, a thriving arts scene and premier local wines; this community hits the perfect balance between rugged and refined.

Visit Monterey to relax on white beaches, paddle the shoreline or spot whales along the Pacific coast. Walk past historic buildings, see artists perform or enjoy a seafood dish with Pinot Noir in the charming coastal city. The area is a popular weekend getaway from San Francisco, just 116 miles (186 kilometers) to the north; however, there is enough to do in this cultural city to keep you busy for weeks.

Monterey in California shares the Monterey Peninsula with Pacific Grove and Carmel. Spanish explorers arrived here in the 16th century, followed by Chinese and Portuguese fisherman, who pioneered the commercial fishing industry three centuries later. In the decades leading up to the 1950s, Monterey became the “sardine capital of the world” and was immortalized in John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row.

The Monterey Peninsula has long been a haven for artists. In the one-time bohemian enclave of Carmel, visit Tor House, a stone cottage and tower built by poet Robinson Jeffers. Explore more than 50 historic sites along Old Monterey's two-mile (three-kilometer) "Path of History," a self-guided tour marked by yellow signs. Watch a show at the historic and much-loved Sunset Theater. At Carmel Mission, discover a little serenity and 18th-century history, then warm your toes by a bonfire under the stars on Carmel Beach. Pay your respects to Monterey’s favorite son, the Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, at the National Steinbeck Center.

Walk under the redwoods and sycamores of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, or around the inlets of Asilomar State Beach. Explore the area’s sea life at the superb Monterey Bay Aquarium or learn about the city’s maritime past in the Museum of Monterey. Rent a sea kayak and paddle out across the swaying kelp beds off Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. As you hike one of the trails along the rugged Big Sur coastline spot sea lions and migrating whales.

Beautiful sandy beaches, a rich marine environment and cultural delights make Monterey one of the most popular destinations on the West Coast.

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Monterey Tides
Monterey Tides
3.5 out of 5
2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey, CA
The price is AU$284 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Nestled on the beach, this Monterey hotel is just steps away from Monterey State Beach and Monterey Bay. Del Monte Beach and Monterey County Fairgrounds are ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,981 reviews)
"Hands down my favorite place to stay in Monterey. Love the private beach, the view from the lounge, the sound of the waves crashing at night. You can buy firewood and make a beach bonfire with s’mores. Wonderful time for my bday"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

Monterey Tides
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
4 out of 5
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA
The price is AU$298 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Located in Downtown Monterey, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of Monterey Convention Center and Fisherman's Wharf. Monterey Bay and Cannery Row are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (991 reviews)
"You need to share on the review this is a convention center hotel which may not be suitable to all guests 😕"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 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
The price is AU$553 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.
Located in the heart of Monterey, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Cannery Row and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,847 reviews)
"Great place"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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Beach house in the woods. The best of both worlds
Beach house in the woods. The best of both worlds
3 Los Encinos Dr, Monterey, CA
The price is AU$1,559 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Situated in Monterey, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from North Fremont Street and within 3 miles (5 km) of Monterey Bay and Monterey County Fairgrounds. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Golf links for the boys Carmel spa day for the girls
"Our first trip with good friends since covid started. Location. Sanitized. King beds. Very nice. All happy, even hard to please women."

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2021

Beach house in the woods. The best of both worlds
Ocean Harbor 110 - Monterey Condo - Oceanview, Surf Sounds
Ocean Harbor 110 - Monterey Condo - Oceanview, Surf Sounds
1 Surf Way #110, Monterey, CA
Situated on the beach, this condo is steps away from Monterey State Beach and Monterey Bay. Del Monte Beach and Monterey County Fairgrounds are also within 2 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Beach vacation
"Wonderful proximity to the beach, cozy studio with all the amenities."

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2020

Ocean Harbor 110 - Monterey Condo - Oceanview, Surf Sounds
3836 Ocean Front Condo with Great Community Amenities Like Pools and Hot Tubs
3836 Ocean Front Condo with Great Community Amenities Like Pools and Hot Tubs
1 Surf Way Unit 141, Monterey, CA
Nestled on the beach, this Monterey holiday home is just steps away from Del Monte Beach and Monterey Bay. Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium are also within ...
3836 Ocean Front Condo with Great Community Amenities Like Pools and Hot Tubs
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.

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