Monterey, on the beautiful California Central Coast, makes for a delightful vacation spot, whether you are planning a weekend escape or a longer stay.

Monterey Bay is  a very rich marine habitat. Book a whale watching tour or a wildlife safari at Elkhorn Slough, and visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The area features many scenic drives! The 17 Mile Drive through Pebble Beach is a great addition to a Monterey trip for its stunning ocean views and beaches. 

Nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming seaside village with a walkable beach and a downtown filled with great eateries and wine tasting rooms.

Wine lovers can also head to Carmel Valley Village for more wine tasting and great eateries. The drive along Carmel Valley Road is lovely with wildflowers in the spring!

Pacific Grove has a stunning coastline with tidepooling and a coastal dunes trail. Lovers Point is a popular beach and park. Asilomar Beach is also beautiful.

Nature lovers should definitely allow for some time at the gorgeous Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, where the ocean view walking trails will wow you. 

And if you have more time, spend some time exploring the spectacular Big Sur coast. The area features beautiful water views and hiking trails, with lots of wildflowers in season. 

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