Monterey is located in one of the most scenic and temperate environments in North America. It’s surrounded by iconic routes of passage like the Pacific Coast Highway, and the Pacific Ocean. Thinking about all of this, it makes sense that the neighboring towns and cities seem to have just as much charm and experience to enjoy as we do. These are some of our favorite towns surrounding Monterey.
Pacific Grove is one of the most happening towns in all of Monterey County. It’s home to a number of popular shopping destinations and restaurants like Big Fish Grill and Bistro Roux. You can also come to Pacific Grove for a number of beloved annual events including the Butterfly Parade, the Good Old Days Celebration, and 4th of July fireworks and barbecues.
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, and it’s most well known for its world famous golf courses. Play where the pros play at places like the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Some of our favorite restaurants in Pebble Beach include Stillwater Bar & Grill and Porter’s In The Forest.
Carmel-By-The-Sea is a small and romantic beach town that has a number of small shops and restaurants to check out. Here you’ll find some gorgeous historic cottages, old art galleries, museums, and the historic Carmel Mission. Outdoor destinations like The Scenic Bluff Path offer breathtaking views of the water and local wildlife.
Home of The Sanctuary Beach Resort, Marina is one of the most picturesque and peaceful towns surrounding Monterey. It’s home to exceptional outdoor destinations that include the Marina Dunes Preserve, Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Marina State Beach, and Monterey State Beach.
Salinas is the largest municipality of Monterey County, located inland about ten miles, and it offers a number of fun things to do. Come here to check out iconic author John Steinbeck’s former home and visit beautiful parks like Tatum’s Garden, and Natividad Creek.