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Monterey Vacation

What are the best places to visit in Monterey?

It can be quite pleasant to just amble around the streets when you're in a new place, but sometimes it's wise to have an agenda. Grab your schedule — we have plenty of awesome ideas for your Monterey vacation.

Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are part of the lifeblood of this place. Much loved by both tourists and locals, these renowned attractions should be non-negotiable fixtures of your schedule.

You're going to be surrounded by fabulous sights, like Carmel Beach and Dennis the Menace Park. If you want to get the most out of your city stay, also take a look around the Maritime Museum and Point Pinos Lighthouse.

Whether you like to think of yourself as an intellectual or you simply want to discover a little bit about the region's long history of learning, Naval Postgraduate School is guaranteed to educate and enlighten. Adventurers in this destination have a great range of options. Slip on your khakis and dig out your lucky driver. If you'd like to get outdoors for a day on the fairways, secure a tee time at Del Monte Golf Course. Still got some time on your hands? What is it that makes gorging on snack food just before clambering aboard a whirling carnival ride seem like a good idea? Try not to lose your lunch at Monterey County Fairgrounds!

What are the most popular activities for a Monterey holiday?

Vacationing isn't just about crossing off destinations. It's about the people we encounter and the experiences we have on the way!

Kick off your trip to Monterey by trying one or two of these activities:

Take a look at our Monterey things to do page for a full list.

What types of accommodation options are available in Monterey?

Expect a huge range of accommodations when you jet off to Monterey. With 139 properties on offer, it won't be hard getting a comfy place to stay for your next cheap vacation or luxury getaway.

The L Auberge Carmel (Monte Verde at Seventh) and the Carmel Valley Ranch (One Old Ranch Road) are two of the higher-end options in Monterey. Stay at either and you're bound to have some of the best services and hotel features in town. Looking for somewhere a little lower priced? The Asilomar Conference Grounds (800 Asilomar Blvd) and the Merritt House Inn (386 Pacific St) are a couple of options that won't put a dent in your bank balance.

Monterey is the home of Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you want to stay close to this bucket-list worthy attraction, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is just 0.4 miles away. Equally popular is the Jabberwock Inn, which is about 0.4 miles away.

Is there an airport in Monterey?

The airport probably isn't going to be the most enjoyable moment of your adventure, but there's nothing like the excited rush of knowing that your well-deserved trip to Monterey is a mere plane ride away! Once you disembark at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), you'll be 55 miles from the middle of town.




Guide to Exploring around Monterey


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Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa ¥15,420
Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA
     
    4.0 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Under construction, but golf course access was nice!

    Monterey Tides ¥17,377
    Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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    Monterey Tides

    Monterey Tides

    2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey, CA
       
      3.8 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The location was great and it’s right on the beach but the rooms and building definitely need to be updated cause it’s a bit trashy.

      Hilton Garden Inn Monterey ¥13,648
      Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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      Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

      Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

      1000 Aguajito Rd, Monterey, CA
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Staff was friendly, room was nice and the location is pretty good

        Hotel Pacific ¥10,387
        Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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        Hotel Pacific

        Hotel Pacific

        300 Pacific St, Monterey, CA
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The person at the front desk was very nice. Rooms were clean. Room service or getting stuff brought up was slow but could be due to COVID.

          Sanctuary Beach Resort ¥39,591
          Reviewed on May 26, 2020
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          Sanctuary Beach Resort

          Sanctuary Beach Resort

          3295 Dunes Rd, Marina, CA
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            We wanted a breathtaking ocean and dune view and this delivered. Very clean with appropriate COVID-19 cleaning protocols. Great, private beach right out the door. The only improvement would be a better mattress as this one was not comfortable.

            Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Café ¥10,663
            Reviewed on May 28, 2020
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            Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Café

            Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Café

            3665 Rio Rd, Carmel, CA
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Beautiful property. Everything looks really new and is really clean. We had a Corner room on the third floor. It was away from everything and quiet. Love the location. Lots of food options near by.

              Spindrift Inn ¥15,420
              Reviewed on May 22, 2020
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              Spindrift Inn

              Spindrift Inn

              652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
                 
                4.6 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                My girlfriend and I loved everything about it sine the moment we walked inn to the moment we left great stay THANK U

                InterContinental the Clement Monterey ¥19,300
                Reviewed on May 18, 2020
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                InterContinental the Clement Monterey

                InterContinental the Clement Monterey

                750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great Customer service, will stay there again in the future.

                  Top Activities in Monterey

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