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It’s all about the sea in Monterey. Whether you’re feasting on seafood delights, frolicking on sandy shores, or exploring the city’s legendary marine-life filled aquarium, you can’t escape the call of the ocean. And why would you want to? With some of California’s glorious golden sands, the crystal Pacific, and the warm beating sun, you could spend your whole vacation on the coast. If you prefer some culture with your beach holiday, downtown Monterey’s brimming with historic buildings from California’s Mexican and Spanish past.

Things to see

Without a doubt Monterey’s top attraction is the stunning Monterey Bay Aquarium. Don’t expect mere tanks with a few colorful fish here. This place is a world of marine life. Explore friendly sea otters basking in their sun-drenched Great Tide Pool – a stopgap before reintroduction to the wild – sparkling Jellies Gallery filled with bobbing jiggling jellyfish, and an Open Sea Tank where sneering hammerhead sharks and prehistoric-looking sea turtles are resident. Don’t miss the slimy touch pools or the 3-story kelp forest – a recreation of the natural world just east of the aquarium. If you have time after all of that head to Lovers Point to lounge on the 4.4 acres of grass overlooking the sparkly Pacific. If you fancy getting a bit active, Lovers Point Beach is a fab kayaking and windsurfing spot. Back in town, get a taste of Monterey’s sardine canning past along Cannery Row – once the epicenter of this gritty industry.

Hotels in Monterey

Cutesy inns and guesthouses are the mainstay of Monterey’s accommodation. From grand 4-star historic mansions brimming with roaring log fires, scenic watery views, and antique furniture – think 4-poster beds and heavy wood chests – to quirky 3-star adobe guesthouses with terracotta-painted walls, tiled floors, and homely furnishings, hotels in Monterey are full of charm. If you prefer to stay in a grand luxury hotel, a few plush resorts are dotted along the coast offering spectacular amenities like grand swimming pools and landscaped gardens. Two-star motels are also available for those on a budget.

Where to stay

Downtown Monterey’s preserved adobe buildings, tree-lined avenues, and top-notch tourist spots pull in most of the crowds. Hotels here are just a stone’s throw from major sights like the aquarium, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Cannery Row. It’s brimming with lively bistros, bars, and souvenir stores. Along the coast past Lovers Point, Pacific Grove’s an elegant neighborhood where Victorian houses lead to the rugged coast. Nearby Asilomar State Beach has clusters of rocky coves ripe for exploring. Another top coastal spot, the neighborhood of Seaside has a seemingly never ending swathe of glorious golden sand where surfers, kayakers and swimmers brave the frothing waves.

How to get to Monterey

Monterey Regional Airport has flights to and from many Californian cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as a few cities further afield, including Las Vegas. It’s just a 10-minute drive from the airport to the city center and you can rent a car for the journey. If you’re driving from further afield, Monterey’s approximately 2 hours from San Francisco and 5 hours from Los Angeles. From end of May through August a trolley-style bus loops around downtown, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. Public buses also cover the local area. There are routes between Monterey and Pacific Grove, Salinas, and Carmel, among others.

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