1.1 miles from downtown
Made famous by author John Steinbeck, this seafront district once hummed with fish factories. Today, it packs in bars and eateries like sardines in a can. At Sardine Factory, chow on crispy calamari and shellfish soup in classy surroundings. Then, suck in fresh sea air by the harbour and follow the strains of live jazz that float from McFly’s Bar.
Places to stay from $73 a night
1.9 miles from downtown
It was here that Jimi Hendrix set his guitar alight and stuck it to “The Man” back in 1967. Nowadays, Fremont’s rather white-collar. Yet, locals like to let their hair down: from the cool cats and foxy ladies at the Monterey Jazz festival to the thrill-seeking paragliders on Monterey State Beach. For a more serene scene, escape to Laguna Grande Park.
Places to stay from $45 a night
0.9 miles from downtown
Peppered with motels and malls, this suburban strip links downtown with the Pacific Coast Highway. The main hype centres on the Del Monte Center – cruise the likes of Macy’s and Banana Republic in between frappuccinos at Starbucks. Feeling peckish? Tuck into hearty Vietnamese noodle soup at Chopstix, or treat yourself to upscale tapas at Esteban.
Places to stay from $39 a night
Monterey, a picturesque city in California, is renowned for its wild natural beauty and laid-back West Coast vibe. From beaches to museums, there's a wealth of places to visit here.
Monterey’s rugged coastline is dotted with numerous beaches offering everything from swimming to scuba diving opportunities. At Monterey State Beach, you’ll find surfers, anglers and divers alongside those admiring sunset views from its sandy shores. Del Monte Beach – a hidden gem known mostly to locals – is located just a short drive away and features picnic spots and a boardwalk passing through sand dunes. Other famous beaches to visit in Monterey are San Carlos Beach and McAbee Beach, near Cannery Row.
With the Pacific Ocean lapping at its shores, Monterey is well-positioned to offer a slew of outdoor activities to visitors. Scuba divers can head to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to explore its aquatic world that includes an underwater canyon and a kelp forest. Elkhorn Slough and Monterey Bay are well-known kayaking destinations, where you can spot harbour seals, sea lions, pelicans and leopard sharks. For some land adventures, try mountain biking at Fort Ord National Monument or hiking, rock climbing and camping at several national and state parks nearby.
During your Monterey holiday, set aside some time to visit the Presidio of Monterey Museum, where you can gain insights into the illustrious past of the city through artefacts and photographs. Art lovers will find plenty of interesting exhibits at Monterey Museum of Art and MHAA: Salvador Dalí.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Average weekend price||$207 per night|
|Average weekday price||$203 per night|
|Average stay||1 night|
Monterey has everything, amazing wildlife (Whales, Dolphins, Seals, otters, to name a few) Beautiful beaches, great restaurants, history and its all compacted into an area that is easy to travel around. Monterey bay whale watching is the best thing you can do while there, make sure you chat to their marine photographer, Daniel. The restaurants on the wharf are overpriced and not the best quality, so go into town and pop into Rosines, good, plentiful, wholesome food, Yummy.
This motel had obviously had a recent remodel. Everything looked new. The room was quite large. It had two queen beds. The bathroom was very nice. The employee working at the check in was super friendly. The only thing that was a negative was could of used another wash cloth. There was 3 of us and 2 wash cloths. There was some noise from airplanes but it wasn’t that bad. We ate on wharf and enjoyed the food. The view from the Restaurant was lovely . It was not that crowded. Nice area to visit.
My sister and her family live in Monterey. Always a treat to visit. At this time we decided to get a nice room to avoid overstaying since her mother in law is now living with them. We couldn't be happier with the hotel and close proximity to my sister's favorite local culture places. It was an awesome visit!
The 17 mile drive is gorgeous. The top end of Big Sur is nearby. There are multiple tasty restaurants near the hotel. We fell in love with Grandma's Kitchen about two miles from the Stargazer. We also went to Moss Landing to check out the sea otters. It looks like an otter just won't do something unless he/she can have fun doing it. Moss Landing also has an abundance of birds and plenty of seals that can be spotted without even getting out of the car. Near Moss Landing is Castroville where one can find superb artichoke specimens just awaiting a dip into Hollandaise sauce before going down the grocery hole. Getting around in Monterey is challenging with disappearing lanes, secret one way roads, five way traffic signals and no parking where needed for the disabled.
Watching Sea Lions will be something we always remember - could watch them for hours. Be careful the restaurants on the wharf are expensive - but to be expected. Highly recommend Hula Tikki Bar/Restaurant - food & service amazing.
Some good restaurants - Montrio Bistro in particular Fabulous breakfast along the harbour at Pig Wizard also the creperie in town. Dali museum amazing & Venture gallery Cannery Row a bit tacky but a nice enough walk along the waters edge Take the grapevice express (just a local bus) down to Carmel village for some great wine tasting
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