So Much To Do and See

The Monterey Bay Region is known all over the globe as a vacation hotspot. People come from everywhere to see the beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, famous backdrops and cultural icons. There is so much to do and see, from beaches, to aquariums, to vineyards to quaint seaside villages.

For families, visit the world renown Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, ride the oldest roller coaster in California at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk or go whale watching in the beautiful Monterey Bay.  For music lovers, attend the Monterey Jazz Festival or sample the dynamic indie music scene.  For history buffs, visit the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas or the California missions in Monterey and Santa Cruz.  For ocean lovers, explore white sand beaches in Carmel or the many hidden beaches and coves in Big Sur and Santa Cruz.  For fishermen, catch salmon, halibut, sea bass and ling cod from the many fishing excursions daily leaving from Moss Landing, Monterey and Santa Cruz. For outdoor enthusiasts, hike in the many redwood forests at places like Nicene Marks State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and all through the Santa Cruz mountains, or visit Pinnacles National Park, one of the hidden gems of the national park system.  Or surf at famous Steamer’s Lane in Santa Cruz, kayak Elkhorn Slough, or sail the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay.  

Of course, don’t forget the miles of gorgeous beaches providing recreation or relaxation for all ages!  Golfers will love the famous Pebble Beach courses, but spend a week and play Alistair MacKenzie designed Pasatiempo in Santa Cruz or the challenging Bayonet or Black Horse courses at Ford Ord.  Finally, relax during the day and sample some of the outstanding wines from the region at world class wineries like Talbott, Bernardus, Soquel Vineyards, Storrs, and over a hundred more. 

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Monterey County

Santa Cruz County

San Benito County