Monterey, CA

Magical coves, cypress trees, wildflowers, seals swimming by, bakeries, and Victorian houses.

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Big Sur Coastline Drive, Monterey to San Simeon

Stunning beauty! Blue-green water seen from vertical cliffs. Many breathtaking stops along the way.

Limekiln State Park, Big Sur Coast

Beach that is like a dream! Crystal clear river leading to the ocean and huge white rocks.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Beach

A stunning hike overlooking a white sand beach, bright blue-green waters, and a waterfall falling onto the beach.

Dennis the Menace Park

A super fun park with several unusual playgrounds, a rockclimbing wall, a Southern Pacific railroad engine, a swaying bridge, huge wavy slides on a hill, cement tunnels and more!

Downtown Monterey

Downtown Monterey has a hip feel to it.

China Cove and Gibson's Beach

A stunning white-sand cove with clear green-blue waters, baby seals, and cliffs covered in flowers.

Carmel-By-The-Sea Beach

Unusual beach of super-soft snow white sand, an absolutely gorgeous spot!

Asilomar Beach and Conference Center

Conference center filled with ambience and blinding white beach.

Walk to Lovers Point Park

A walk above the ocean, past seals basking in their own private cove, to a lovely beach for wading.

Carmel Mission

A rustic yet glorious mission, with fantastic gardens.

Del Monte Beach

Scenic beach, with pretty bike path set back from the dunes.

Del Monte Shopping Center

Modern shopping center with lovely views of the forest-covered hills.

Pacific Grove town

Victorian homes and storefronts and a gorgeous oceanfront.

Carmel River State Beach

A wide yellow-sanded beach with good snorkeling and diving.

Path of History Walk, downtown Monterey

Some of the best-preserved early 19th century architecture in California- especially lovely at Christmastime.

Fisherman's Wharf

Touristy wharf with souvenir shops, mediocre restaurants, but gorgeous blue-green water and sometimes seals swimming by!

Cannery Row

A touristy, yet pretty, waterfront area with shops and restaurants.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Amazingly beautiful aquarium, but unbearably crowded and ridiculously expensive.

Monterey Harbor

A small harbor with pretty views of Fisherman's Wharf.

Harbor Seal View Point, Moss Landing

Place where harbor seals and sea otters take refuge near a power plant, in a cold, foggy area.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Seaside

Dunes and a pretty beach, on land that spooks you.

Monterey Skate Park, Lake El Estero

Small, nice skate park in a serene setting next to Lake El Estero.

Laguna Grande Park

Circular walk around a lake. Geese, ducks, plenty of trees, and two great playgrounds!

Seaside Beach

A wide stretch of beach with white sand, chilly winds, barking seals, and gorgeous sunsets.

Custom House Plaza

A large pedestrian-only area with big fountain, gorgeous historical buildings and museums, but no shade.

Downtown Carmel-By-The-Sea

Very upscale street with gingerbread-style shops.

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