Monterey Travel Tips

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Keep in Mind...

  • There is more than one golf course Of course, you want to play the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links but, because of the outlandish price and difficulty securing a tee time, this probably ain't gonna happen. Monterey has other area courses that are less expensive and still gorgeous.
  • Inland Monterey is also quite stunning Many people only consider hotel properties on the water. But incredible properties like the Bernardus Lodge are located in Carmel Valley and provide a taste of California wine country.
  • Getting here can be expensive If you're coming from instate, driving is your best option. Travelers can fly into Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY), but tickets can be very pricey. Look to fly into the San Jose (SJC) or San Francisco International (SFO) and take the Monterey Airbus down.

The Monterey Peninsula is different than any other part of California. Here, time slows, the architecture is humble (with the exception of the homes in Pebble Beach), and the lifestyle is the perfect synthesis of SoCal laidback and NoCal sophisticated. On the north side of the peninsula, the town of Monterey draws most of the tourists, while farther south, Carmel-by-the-Sea takes the easygoing wealthy set. The centrally located Pacific Grove and Del Monte Forest host gorgeous golf clubs and discretely hidden mansions. Tremendous price tags on real estate and everything else keeps Monterey's population low around the picturesque communities, along the rugged terrain and near the jaw-dropping coastline. Still, this area makes for a tremendous road-trip stop or romantic weekend stay. With an abundance of natural wonders, luxury resorts and seafood restaurants, Monterey might just be the ideal destination for your next getaway.

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