city has a Mediterranean climate, beaches full of activities, and some superb attractions. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world-renowned marine adventure, Cannery Row a fun-filled street that inspired a novel, Fisherman’s Wharf a whale-watching hotspot and Bixby Creek Bridge a grand sight. Book your Monterey hotel with us now and get away to Monterey.
Things to do
You might have read John Steinbeck’s book Cannery Row, set during the Great Depression. The real Cannery Row was once called Ocean View Avenue and was lined with sardine factories. The name of the street was changed in honour of the novel, and today it has nightlife, food and shopping. One of the Row’s most famous attractions is Monterey Bay Aquarium, which abounds in deep sea creatures, including the world’s largest octopus: the Giant Pacific Octopus.
Cannery Row’s McAbee Beach is Monterey’s smallest beach, but a very popular spot for scuba divers and kayakers. Monterey Waterfront Park has beach volleyball courts, and Monterey State Beach is a safe beach for swimming with kids.
At Fisherman’s Wharf Monterey you can take a whale-watching tour or a recreational fishing trip.
Road trip along the California coastline from Monterey to Big Sur and you’ll cross the Bixby Creek Bridge. This grand arch-bridge boasts amazing views of the coastline, and you’ll want to stop for a look and a picture on the other side.
Shopping and dining
Both Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row have restaurants and shops. Moss Wharf is a wharf with antique shops, art studios and restaurants, and Del Monte Shopping Centre features cinemas and brand-name stores.
Also check out the creative European-style village Carmel-By-The-Sea
, which is filled not only with boutique shops but with more than 100 art galleries and studios.
Monterey is a two-hour drive from San Francisco
and a five-hour drive from Los Angeles
. Book a flight to San Francisco
or flight to Los Angeles
with us to go with your Monterey accommodation and chill out in sunny California.