Monterey Bay offers an incredible array of activities and attractions, including the epic scenery of Big Sur, the unsurpassed Monterey Aquarium, the stunningly beautiful ride along 17-Mile Drive, and the picturesque charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Monterey’s Wine Country
Monterey Bay engages travellers in endless ways. Head out for a day of wine tasting in Monterey’s Wine Country, home to over 85 vintners and growers. Take in the sights and sounds of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Or explore the incredibly scenic ride along 17-Mile Drive, lauded for its magnificent scenery. And no trip to California’s central coast is complete without a sojourn to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, or a visit to Big Sur, known for its epic scenery. And it’s all just a short drive from the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is consistently ranked #1 in the United States for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience. With a mission to inspire conservation of the oceans, the aquarium is a stunning showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions.
The Monterey Peninsula is ranked the number-one golf destination in the world by Golf Digest Magazine. From the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links to the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi, Monterey County entices golf aficionados with some of the finest fairways in the world.
With a seemingly endless variety of landscapes, and numerous state and regional parks, Monterey County is ideal for hikers. Plan a day trip to Jacks Peak in Monterey or Garland Park in Carmel Valley, where you can explore dense forests, open meadows and paths alongside the Carmel River. Or head out to Point Lobos State Reserve, where meandering trails wind enticingly along the coast.
Bicyclists adore Monterey Bay, with miles and miles of bike lanes, waterfront trails and off-road tracks. Explore the popular Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail, stretching 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.