Set on the gorgeous shores of Monterey Bay on California’s Central Coast, our property is conveniently near several exceptional outdoor destinations. From national parks to cultural touchstones, these are five must-visit outdoor attractions to check out when you visit Monterey.
Pinnacles National Park is located in the mountains east of Salinas Valley. Built on the site of a volcano eruption that took place 23 million years ago, Pinnacles National Park is a unique collection of oak woodlands, canyon bottoms, and chaparral. This makes it an excellent rock-climbing and hiking destination, where peregrine falcons and golden eagles fly above.
Pinnacles National Park. (831) 389-4485
Big Sur is a magical stretch of the Central Coast of California, that’s famous for monstrous seaside cliffs, hidden beaches, as well as world-class hiking and camping. Located about an hour-drive south of The Sanctuary Beach Resort, this cant-miss wonder is an excellent spot to stop on your way in or out of town. If you can, line yourself up for a sunset at Big Sur.
Located just a ten-minute drive down the beach from The Sanctuary Beach Resort, Fort Ord Dunes State Park is one of Monterey County’s best natural attractions. Beach trails at Fort Ord Dunes State Park weave in and out of the sand, and coastal dunes that stretch all the way up to our property here.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park. (831) 649-2836
Fisherman’s Wharf is the premier marina destination in Monterey’s famous Cannery Row neighborhood. Centered around a long pier, filled with the city’s best restaurants and shopping destinations, it’s a great place to get a taste for the town while catching some views of nearby sea lions and otters. For more sea life, there are plenty of whale-watching tours that launch out daily from Fisherman’s Wharf.
The Moss Wildlife Area is the largest unaltered salt marsh along the California coast. Consisting of 872 acres, it’s a unique outdoor destination to visit near Monterey. A marshy inlet, just off the ocean, the area features exceptional migratory shorebirds, harbor seals, sea otters, and wide range of other wildlife.