Monterey is one of the most popular getaways along the scenic California Central Coast. And with good reason! There's so much to see and do in Monterey, and nearby.

Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel-by-the-Sea are nestled close together, and they offer a wealth of outdoor recreation, history, shopping, and fabulous dining and wine tasting. Kids will love visiting Monterey as well.

Monterey Bay is one of the richest marine habitats on the planet. The Monterey Bay Aquarium showcases the marine life of the region with fabulous exhibits, some that make you feel like you are in the ocean. 

Also plan to take a whale-watching trip when you visit Monterey! Whales may be seen year-round, along with dolphins and porpoises. 

Cannery Row, once a bustling center of sardine canning, is today lined with shops and eateries. It's a must-stroll!

The 17-Mile Drive is one of California's most scenic drives. It offers spectacular ocean views, beautiful beaches, and iconic photo ops like the Lone Cypress. 

More scenic beauty awaits at nearby Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The beautiful park has numerous family-friendly walking trails. They are so scenic, you will want to walk them all!

Quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its excellent restaurants. The village makes for a delightful stroll, with boutique shops, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms. 

You'll find great eateries in the city of Monterey as well, especially if you are craving fresh seafood. Head to Old Fisherman's Wharf for seafood with a view!

Want to drive the legendary Big Sur coast? Carmel is the northern end of the drive, making it convenient to explore the Big Sur Coast, whether you want to spend a few hours or several days doing it. 

Monterey is a year-round destination,  with things to do and enjoy is every season. While spring through fall are generally dry, do not discount winter: the sunsets are colorful and whale-watching excellent!

Swipe up for many more exciting things to do in Monterey, California! Start planning your Monterey getaway today!