Welcome to the Monterey Bay Area, California
The charming California coastal towns surrounding the Monterey Bay — Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterey and to the south, Big Sur — comprise a sublime stretch of beach littered with bed and breakfast nooks and high-end hotels. And yet, despite the steady stream of tourists and honeymooners, Monterey County retains its quiet elegance.
The Monterey Peninsula is perhaps most sublime meeting of land and sea on either coast. Framed by dramatic mountains and wide swaths of fog enshrouded surf. In addition to its natural glory, the Monterey peninsula and bay is rich both culturally and biologically.
The famed Monterey Bay Aquarium is itself a destination for many visitors. The aquarium’s mission in Monterey is to increase conservation through increased awareness and appreciation. Built into the Monterey Bay, the aquarium employs fresh seawater in its exhibits, painstakingly recreating the chaotic conditions found throughout the bay from the rocky shore to deep tidal pools in the abysmal, submerged Monterey Canyon.
Monterey is also home to the once-dusky cannery immortalized by John Steinbeck in “Cannery Row” nearly 75 years ago. Cannery Row is now a testament to the creative powers of capitalism which have transformed this legendary remainder of class oppression into a mini-mall and museum.
Nearby Pebble Beach employs the dramatic seascape for quite different ends. The world-famous golf course jets into the Pacific with dew-fed greens and rocky outcroppings.
Big Sur, on the other hand, is relatively unspoiled. Its rocky beaches and stunning vistas have drawn naturalists and new age gurus, oceanographers and itinerant campers.
Special hotel discounts and online reservations at Monterey hotels. Click here or call toll free in the US: 1.800.839.6210 (or call toll free in Europe: 00 800 1610 1690).
Special hotel discounts and online reservations at Carmel hotels. Click here or call toll free in the US: 1.800.839.6210 (or call toll free in Europe: 00 800 1610 1690).
Big Sur Hotels
Special hotel discounts and online reservations at Big Sur hotels. Click here or call toll free in the US: 1.800.839.6210 (or call toll free in Europe: 00 800 1610 1690).
Pacific Grove Hotels
Special hotel discounts and online reservations at Pacific Grove hotels. Click here or call toll free in the US: 1.800.839.6210 (or call toll free in Europe: 00 800 1610 1690).
Monterey Bay Area Dining
Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove Dining: Reviews of Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. Now featuring online dining reservations.
Monterey Bay Area News
Headlines from local newspapers like the Monterey County Herald and Monterey area radio and television stations like KCBA and KSBW.
Monterey Bay Area golf courses, including public fairways and private country clubs in Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel
Travel books, maps, dining guides and more for visitors of all budgets to the Monterey Bay Area, including Monterey, Santa Cruz, Carmel and Big Sur.
Annual Monterey and Carmel festivals and events, including the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Carmel Bach Festival.
|Shopping centers, outlet stores, ocean view shopping, open-air boutique malls and antique and collectible shopping centers in Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur and Pacific Grove
The best luxe and progressive Monterey and Carmel day spas.
Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Laguna Seca and other highlights of the Bay.
Tales from the past.
Monterey Museum of Art, Richard McDonald Fine Art and Trajan Gallery.