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

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 RM916 per night from 12 Feb to 13 Feb
RM916
per night
12 Feb - 13 Feb
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! (1,407 reviews)
"Great location! Super friendly n helpful staff"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2023

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA, 93940
The price is RM933 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
RM933
per night
13 Feb - 14 Feb
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Monterey. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants and a golf course. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (838 reviews)
"Short staff in the evening and had to eat at the bar."

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2023

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA, 93940
The price is RM1,486 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
RM1,486
per night
8 Feb - 9 Feb
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! (1,665 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel great staff and beautiful view of the bay."

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2023

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
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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, Monterey, CA, 93923
Stay at this 4-star golf holiday home in Monterey. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and free food shopping service. Popular attractions Monterey Bay Aquarium and ...
Lx15 Vue de L'ocean Oceanview French Villa
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 Monterey ...
3485 Avalon by the Sea
Quaint Carmel
Quaint Carmel
3 out of 5
24584 Guadalupe St, Carmel, CA, 93923
Stay at this 3-star golf condo in Carmel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a TV. Popular attractions Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carmel Plaza are located nearby. ...
Quaint Carmel
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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