Year-Round Outdoor Playground

The Monterey Bay Region is a premier destination for those who love the outdoors – everything from biking and hiking, hunting and horseback riding, to sailing, scuba and whale watching. Additionally, the region hosts many national and international sporting events, including marathons, triathlons, golf tournaments and car races.

For anyone interested in the best recreation opportunities in the world, the Monterey Bay Region is the place to come. Monterey County is a premier destination for those who love the outdoors. Biking, hiking, walking, boating, hang gliding and animal watching are just a few of the activities that lure visitors to Monterey and make residents thankful they live here. Whether you want to watch the whales or climb a mountain, walk the Recreational Trail or dive the depths, there is no more spectacular place to enjoy the outdoors than Monterey County.

Santa Cruz hosts an array of adrenaline-packed sporting events attracting world-class athletes and is the picture-perfect spot for spectators. "Surf City" lives up to its name each year with the O'Neill Cold Water Classic, the Longboard Invitational, and the Santa Cruz Paddlefest. Cycling fans know that Santa Cruz has been on the map for the Amgen Tour of California, due to its challenging climbs and scenic roads. And beginning its inaugural season, the Golden State Warriors' NBA Development League team - the Santa Cruz Warriors - brings the thrill of professional basketball to town. Serious golfers flock to the Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club and for more fresh air, the Wharf-to-Wharf Race, the Santa Cruz Triathlon, Big Kahuna Triathlon and other races are hosted year-round.


Explore the wonderful and comprehensive description of recreational activites:

Monterey County

Santa Cruz County

San Benito County