Home to one of the most scenic drives in the world, golf courses frequented by PGA pros and “one of America’s most captivating aquariums” (Forbes magazine). Monterey has all the California basics – expansive beaches and incredible views – and so much more.
The amount of things you can do in Monterey County is so incredibly vast – from glass-bottom boat tours at Fisherman’s Wharf to tours of historic missions. The vineyards in Monterey are smaller than those in Napa, but captivate the same supple flavors. The state parks offer the towering redwoods that have made Yosemite famous; but here, there’s less foot traffic, so you can have more of a personal exploration. Named in honor of John Steinbeck, Cannery Row features the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, local artist galleries and more. A short drive will get you to the famous golf courses at Pebble Beach and the must-see Carmel-by-the-Sea, a celebrity destination spot.
Monterey County has nearly 100 miles of scenic coastline, varying from dramatic cliffs to sandy beaches. The 17-mile drive gives you the best of all these views. For a sun-filled day, we recommend Del Monte Beach – a popular surfing and beachcombing spot, known mostly by locals.