It is difficult to find a getaway spot as bewitching, steeped in history with such a wide range of activities as Monterey Bay. Visitors will encounter historic Cannery Row, a kid-friendly, award-winning aquarium, the world-famous Pebble Beach golf course and more restaurants and shopping than you can handle--all set against the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
The Cannery Row that John Steinbeck wrote about in his book of the same name still sits resplendent in Monterey. Perched along the shore, the colorful Row plays host to historical landmarks like the whaling station and sardine factory, the aquarium, and a wide variety of touristy gift shops and eateries. Staying at one of the bed and breakfasts surrounding Cannery Row can place you within a five-minute walk of the excitement.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
Not just for kids, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of Monterey's star attractions. Laugh at frolicking sea otters, touch manta rays or just watch hulking sun fish swim over circling hammerhead sharks in the giant Outer Bay tank. The aquarium often features special exhibits like the Secret Lives of Seahorses.
The world-class Pebble Beach links are undoubtedly Monterey's most famous attraction. But if golf isn't your thing, a 30-mile drive south to Carmel will reward you with some of the most pristine beaches on the California Coast. A day along the ivory sands ends with a romantic evening amid art galleries and three-star meals in Carmel's charming shopping district. Carmel's restaurants tend to be very popular, so reservations are best made well in advance.