Monterey Bay Locales

Big Sur, California
Big Sur

The Monterey Bay has several distinct areas.

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Big Sur is 26 miles south of Monterey on California’s scenic Highway 1.   Top stops include:

  • River Inn
  • Nepenthe
  • Ventana Inn
  • Post Ranch
  • Henry Miller Library
  • Pfeifer Beach
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Carmel-by-the-Sea began as a reclusive community for artists.  To this day there are no postal addresses in Carmel proper; you must count down by number of houses and geographical location, like “I live on 2 SW of Ocean on Dolores” which is 2 houses down from the southwest on Dolores near Ocean Avenue.Dametra Cafe Ocean Avenue
Places to see:

Book in Carmel Valley

Visit sunny Carmel Valley; a combination of western culture, great wineries, bed and breakfasts, resorts, and much more.

Highlights include:

  • Golf at Quail Lodge
  • Chateau Julien Winery
  • Carmel Valley Ranch
  • Bernardus Spa and Lodge
  • Laureles Lodge
  • Carmel Valley Village

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Monterey is the largest town in the community. Activities abound:

  • World-famous Monterey Aquarium
  • Cannery Row
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Monterey Wharf
  • Hopkins Marine Station
  • Alvarado Street – main downtown area
  • Whale watching tours
  • Kayak rentals
  • Skate Park
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hotels: 2-star, 3-star, and 4-star
  • Car rentals
  • Movie Theaters

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Pacific Grove is on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula and began as a Methodist Colony.  Filled with quaint Victorians, it is also known as “The Butterfly Capital” due to the Monarch Butterfly Groves in Asilomar.  Activities:

  • Golf
  • Antiques
  • Quaint bed and breakfasts
  • Restaurants
  • Close to Aquarium and Cannery Row
  • Lovers Point
  • Beach
  • Marine Station


Marina is home to University of California Monterey Bay which sits on the former Fort Ord property

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Seaside is between Monterey (to the south) and Marina (which is north).  Seaside has many affordable accommodations.

Santa Cruz Accommodations

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