Monterey
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Things To Do

Arts & Museums

Arts & Museums

Monterey's rich history and heritage is felt and can be seen across the region. Many musuems feature galleries devoted to exhibitions of American and early California painting, photography and contemporary art. Make sure you visit one or more museums to learn more and get inspired. 

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Attractions

Attractions

Monterey has many unique attractions - whether you're visiting for the first or 10th time the stunning vistas and local attractions will always be enjoyable. Check our list of recommended Monterey's attractions to learn more. We also suggest you check the Things to Do section - for more information and suggestions what you can see and do while visiting Monterey. 

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Activities

Activities

The most difficult part of planning a Monterey vacation is deciding where to go, what to do, and what to see.  Monterey's ideal climate encourages year-round recreational activities for visitors and residents alike.

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Beaches

Beaches

There's something magical about the Monterey Bay, whether you're strolling the beach with your kids or soulmate or just watching the sun set over the water. Monterey County offers 99 miles of beautiful beaches across the pacific coastline, many of which are home to some of the best surf breaks along the West Coast. Moderate ocean temperatures and year-around sunshine make a day at the beach more enjoyable. Discover beaches perfect for any occasion, whether for a dog walk, a volleyball play or to simply relax and people watch.

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Golf

Golf

Just mentioning the Monterey Peninsula conjures up images of golf on some of the most prestigious and challenging courses in the world. Each major city has a course or two, making tee times easy to get for the most part. There are courses that appeal to golfers of every playing level, and the fact that most of them offer spectacular views of the natural scenic wonders of the area make pass the golf a great way to time on the peninsula. Our Junior golfers are an important part of our golf community. The AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association is a local non-profit organization created in 1988 to introduce the game of golf to young people between the ages of 7 and 17 who live and attend school on the Monterey Peninsula. 

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Nightlife

Nightlife

If you're looking for something to do with your nights while staying in Monterey Peninsula, there are a number of options available to you. When night falls many city blocks comes alive with exciting options for cocktails, great live music, comedy shows and late-night dancing. For the more mellow visitors, many quite and cozy lounges are available. Don't forget the many Happy Hours offered across many venues and if youu're local - ask for your local discount. Explore some of Monterey's nightlife options by selecting a category of venues below. 

 

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Parks

Parks

One of the best things about Monterey is its abundance of open spaces which provide a breathtaking scenery and inspiring natural surroundings in its parks. Whether you're up for an early morning run or hike along the ocean recreational trail, camp, bike, ready for a family picnic, or simply want to kick back, visit any of our parks and let Monterey's majestic nature revitalise you. Browse our directory of parks to learn more about Monterey's 36 parks, its locations, activities, amenities, and reservation information.

 

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Shopping

Shopping

Shopping is one of the best activities in Monterey, whether it’s digging through vintage stores in Carmel or Pacific Grove or window-shopping for haute couture or one of a kind painting.  Retail shops are also available at Monterey's top shopping centers and outlets like Del Monte Shopping Center, Carmel Plaza, Crossroads Shopping Village and American Tin Cannery. Discover the best shopping spots by browsing the listings below. 

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Restaurants

Restaurants

A visit to Monterey without a dine and wine experience is not complete. Monterey fresh and local cuisine is a must try paired with local wine tasting. Browse our recommended dining listings for a variety of options and cuisine types.

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Spas

Spas

Experience the best spas on the Monterey Peninsula with a host of rejuvenating beauty treatments, speciality massages, salon services and facials. Many of our featured hotels and inns have pampering beauty spas. Check the list below for some of the most amazing spas on the Monterey Peninsula and make an appointment today - make sure you mention Monterey.com!

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Tours

Tours

Tour Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach in style. Design your own sightseeing adventure or choose from any of our recommended guided tours!

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Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Monterey Bay has a spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins along other marine mamals and seabirds. Depending on the season, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Killer Whales, and Dall's Porpoise are frequently observed. 

In late spring, summer and fall (April to mid-December) for Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Dolphins. Winter and early spring (mid-December to March) for Gray Whales and Dolphins.  Always keep a close eye on weather as Whale Watching Trips can always be cancelled due to rough seas.

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