This week, marks the celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, saluting travel, and tourism in America and for us here at Central Coast Living, we are of course celebrating all things Monterey. Though some of us may never have the opportunity to experience the Seven Wonders of the World – we are pretty confident that those visiting the Monterey Bay can find the time to visit what we are coining, the Seven Wonders of the Monterey Bay.
- The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – as one of the largest protected ocean areas in the US., this 6,000+ mile stretch is home to numerous, plants and animals. With numerous beaches, tidepool areas, coves, as well as whale watching and kayaking tours, anyone can experience the magic of the Monterey Bay.
- The Bixby Bridge – As one of the most photographed bridges in the world, Big Sur’s Bixby Bridge along scenic Highway One is a true Monterey Bay architectural jewel and an excellent photo opp for your social media channels!
Bixby Bridge Photo Courtesy of Visit California
- Elkhorn Slough – Located just over 20 miles from Monterey, the Elkhorn Slough “harbors the largest tract of tidal salt march in California outside of San Francisco Bay” . This stretch of wetlands is home to sea otters, various species of birds and plantlife, as well as all sorts of marine life.
- Garland Ranch Regional Park – Carmel Valley’s Garland Ranch is one of these rare parks where one can explore a diverse range of trails and landscapes. Explore valleys full of abundant wild floors, a flowing river and even a waterfall at this amazing gem.
- Point Lobos State Reserve – stunning views, majestic sea birds and wondrous floral and fauna, visitors can enjoy self-guided hikes or plan a docent-led walk in advance. Scuba diving is also permitted in certain coves and nearby waters at and near Reserve.
- Monterey State Historic Park & Nearby Gardens – Old Monterey, now commonly called Downtown Monterey or Historic Monterey is dotted with adobes, enchanted gardens, museums and landmarks that tell the colorful story of where Spanish Explorers first discovered Monterey. Information, maps tour information can be accessed at the Pacific House Museum, located just steps from the Portola Hotel & Spa
Memory Garden located behind Portola Hotel & Spa
- World Class Golf Course – The Monterey Bay boasts 18 world-class, championship golf courses, each with their own unique twists and turns, and most importantly, jaw dropping views of the sea, valleys and forests. With both private and public courses available for play, no matter your level, this is one activity you must try at least once!
Enjoy Golfing by the Bay