Discover California's Central Coast Penisula
The Monterey Peninsula is famous for its unsurpassed natural beauty, blending land and sea like no other in the world. In Monterey, explore the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Steinbeck's historic Cannery Row and the charismatic Fisherman's Wharf. Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its compelling art galleries and quaint little shops, while Carmel Valley is celebrated for its world-renown wineries. Pebble Beach features the distinguished 17-Mile Drive, Stillwater Cove and the iconic Lone Cypress. A short drive south will lead you to the illustrious Big Sur coast. Once your adventures have commenced, engage in a culinary experience at one of the exceptional restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula.
Monterey's rich history, the saga of California's Mission Trail, historic Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, 20 world-class golf courses, the world's best aquarium, hotels, unique variety of shops and galleries and a spectacular assortment of parks and natural areas, wine tasting and fine dining that keep one coming back time after time. Check out the top 10 Restaurants in Monterey.
Situated between Pebble Beach and Monterey on the very tip of the scenic tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula with a rocky coastline and an ambience of charm, grace and beauty, you’ll find the quiet coastal City of Pacific Grove. Founded in the 1870s as a Methodist summer retreat, Pacific Grove still bears the look and feel of yesteryear. Known for its Victorian home, Asilomar State Beach and annual migration of the Monarch butterflies Pacific Grove also offers an eclectic downtown experience, with small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and more. Other vibrant shopping areas are along Central Avenue at the entrance to Pacific Grove from Cannery Row and at the top of Forest Avenue on Forest Hill.
Pebble Beach, with its pine-forested setting, stunning estate properties and world-renown golf courses, has an unrivaled character and fame. A scenic 17 mile drive meandering along the beaches and among the forested areas between Monterey and Carmel and widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Carmel By The Sea
Camel has its own history and, in many ways, is worlds apart from Monterey even though separated by mere minutes. The mission founded by Franciscan Junipero Serra is the oldest structure in Carmel, but its history as an artist enclave began sometime around 1900 when a colony of bohemians discovered its inspiring beauty! Today you can stroll through the courtyards to secret passageways, shops, restaurants and wine tasting rooms and still enjoy the construction of the 1920 English style cottages and fairytale-like architecture.
The Big Sur Coast is 85 miles of stunning scenery between Carmel and San Simeon. Find state parks, waterfalls, hiking trails and plenty of photo opportunities with the occasional hotels, stores and restaurants with some of best views in the world. Highlights include the Point Sur Lighthouse, stunningly set atop a volcanic inselberg linked to land by a sandy beach; Bixby Bridge, which arches high above Rainbow Canyon; and cascading Pfeiffer Falls, in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.