We know for many of our Central Coast Living readers, needing a reason to visit the Monterey Bay Area isn’t even necessary, but if you need a handful of really good reasons to plan a visit – we thought we would help you out!
For anyone trying to escape the hot, the Monterey Peninsula is the perfect destination. Our mild, coastal climate boasts cooler temps and even fog! Of course, it’s best to pack expecting to dress in layers, but whether planning a day at the beach, a hike in Carmel Valley or Big Sur – or just a day sightseeing, make sure to pack a lightweight jacket, beach gear and your walking shoes!
2. The Beaches
Home to some of the lushest white sand beaches in California, here in Monterey our beaches (without bragging too much) are the best. Many beaches like Carmel, Monterey State, Marina State and Asilomar are dog friendly and ideal for beach runs, surfing and boogie boarding. Others like Lovers Point in Pacific Grove at Stillwater Cover in Pebble Beach are ideal for families, looking to build sandcastles, picnic, kayak and just splash around in the water.
Monterey State Beach
From clam chowder in sour dough bread bowls to deep fried calamari, Monterey is home to a bounty of fresh, sustainable seafood. With a variety of restaurants along Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row to the Portola Hotel’s new restaurant, Jacks Monterey and Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, you can definitely get your seafood fix during your Monterey getaway.
Clam Chowder in a Breadbowl from Peter B’s Brewpub!
4.The Culture & History
With a variety of live music venues, live theater, galleries and museums in downtown Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and nearby cities, the Monterey Peninsula hosts a variety of world class music festivals, as well as film and art festivals and exhibitions. The Golden State Theater located in the heart of downtown Monterey is featuring a variety of artists this summer including: Chris Isaak, comedian Jay Leno, Box Scaggs, Toad the Wet Sprocket and the Bobby Bones Funny & Alone Comedy Tour. In addition, come this September, the world-famous, Monterey Jazz Festival returns to the Monterey Fair & Event Center.
Whether watching the sunset from the Monterey Harbor or along the coastline on Highway 1 heading towards Big Sur, there is nothing better than a Monterey Bay ocean view. Just about everywhere you turn here in Monterey County, you are sure to experience a whale tale sighting along the majestic coastline or for those seeking a different kind of view – walk through numerous historic gardens with stone structures and amazing landscapes, take a forested trail and admire nature and wildlife or take in the valley views with rolling hills and wild flowers galore.
Views from the Harbor