The Monterey Peninsula brings together some of California's most picturesque oceanside beauty with the charm of our famous trio of towns by the sea. Pacific Grove, Monterey, and Carmel.
Asilomar State Beach Park
Asilomar State beach park is a popular spot for nature walks, surfing, kayaking, kite flying, and romantic sunset strolls along the shore. Visitors to Asilomar State Beach can also walk the quarter-mile boardwalk at Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve and learn more about the area's unique ecosystem. The main, mile-long trail at Asilomar State Beach has side paths that lead to tide pools. The curious will find a diverse range of sea life in these tide pools. Look, but don't touch; Asilomar State Beach is part of Asilomar Marine Reserve, and no fishing or collecting is allowed.
Downtown Pacific Grove offers a quaint Victorian shopping area comprised of small shops, services, and 26 restaurants and bakeries, and seven ladies boutiques. There are sixteen galleries and antique stores welcoming you with a friendly hometown smile. Near the Monterey Bay Aquarium is The American Tin Cannery, home of the first premium outlet shopping center in the state. There are eight restaurants and twenty-six shops within a two-block radius. Monterey County is full of shopping opportunities whether you are in the market for designer clothing, boutique jewelry, high-end art or antique furniture. In Moss Landing, travelers pull off Highway 1 to explore antique shops, art galleries and high-fashion showrooms. South of Moss Landing, Carmel-by-the-Sea offers personal attention, luxury boutiques and charming wine tasting rooms. Cannery Row's shops give visitors a taste of Monterey's nautical heritage .
Within the city of Pacific Grove can be found a variety of superb, award-winning restaurants, some tucked away in hidden corners of the city, some in stately Victorians, and other clinging to the coast with unparalleled views of the ever-changing Monterey Bay. Here are more than 60 restaurants representing dozens of cuisines featuring a bounty of fresh seafood and produce from the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley, as well as many fine regional California and imported wines. With so many choices we have something for everyone.
Here you will find some great local activites that will keep the kids happy throughout the year.
Point Pinos Lighthouse - Is the oldest Continuously Operating Lighthouse on the West Coast Since February 1, 1855, its beacon has flashed nightly as a guide and warning to shipping off the rocky California coast.
Monterey Museum of Art Pacific Street -This inviting, three-story landmark is located across from historic Colton Hall in the heart of Old Monterey. The Museum features eight galleries devoted to exhibitions of American and early California painting, photography and contemporary art.
Monarch Grove Sanctuary - Thousands of monarch butterflies make their home in the natural landscape of the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Educated volunteers are always present to provide information and answer questions in regard to these butterflies.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline.With more than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species in nearly 200 exhibits filling 34 major galleries it is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions. Also named the #1 family-friendly aquarium by Parents Magazine, the aquarium has grown to become one of the leading ocean conservation organizations in the world. Travelers can find more information about the aquarium’s exhibits and the local marine environment, plus live web cams, a special events calendar, special discounts, behind-the-scenes tours and more.