Monterey

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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

Monterey Tides
Monterey Tides
3.5 out of 5
2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey, CA, 93940
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹10,602 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
₹10,602
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,909 reviews)
"The front desk staff was exceptional! The service provided by them was above and beyond. The bar service was excellent. The restaurant's breakfast was poor. Not tasty and the server's attention left something to be desired."

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2022

Monterey Tides
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
4 out of 5
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA, 93940
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹20,276 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
₹20,276
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly resort in Monterey. Enjoy 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,295 reviews)
"The property is centrally located with a great lobby. The hotel allowed us the option to early check in as early as noon free of charge and late check out at noon free of charge as well! We had a great experience!"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 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 ₹25,976 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
₹25,976
per night
7 Dec - 8 Dec
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,627 reviews)
"Absolutely beautiful property and the staff are extremely pleasant and go out of their way to help. Property is a short walk (minutes) to Cannery Row with a ton of great restaurants. What keeps this property at the 5 star level for me is, they are one of the few that still offer nightly turn down ..."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2022

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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Manyas House 30 Night Minimum
Manyas House 30 Night Minimum
3.5 out of 5
Monterey, CA
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Popular attractions Monterey Bay Aquarium and Colton Hall ...
Manyas House 30 Night Minimum
3485 Avalon by the Sea
3485 Avalon by the Sea
3.5 out of 5
821 Avalon Place, Monterey, CA, 93940
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an on-site corner shop. Popular attractions Monterey Bay Aquarium and North ...
3485 Avalon by the Sea
Lx15 Vue de L'ocean Oceanview French Villa
Lx15 Vue de L'ocean Oceanview French Villa
4 out of 5
24825 Via Malpaso, Carmel by the Sea, Carmel, CA, 93923
Stay at this 4-star golf holiday home in Carmel. Enjoy free parking, free food shopping service and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Monterey Bay Aquarium ...
Lx15 Vue de L'ocean Oceanview French Villa
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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