Monterey Guide

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When to Go to Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay has a mild climate year-round, but the summers can be relatively cool and overcast. If possible, travel to Monterey Bay in September or early October, when the fog clears, and daytime temperatures typically rest in the low-70s.

Pet Friendly Places

When it comes to spending quality time with your four-legged friend, there are endless opportunities in Monterey County. Here are some pet-friendly recommendations that will make your pet extra happy and healthy.

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Where to Eat

Montrio Bistro

Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

Places to See


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China’s Cove by Eddie Vita

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Monterey County, California - China Cove, part of Point Lobos State Reserve, is no longer accessible due to erosion and unstable cliffs; however it can be viewed from above, along with seals and their pups resting on the sand in the spring. #blue

China’s Cove by Melanie LeMaster

Point Lobos, Monterey County, California - #beach Point Lobos is nature at its best. Named after the rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos (Point of the Sea Wolves), the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is considered “the crown jewel” of the state parks in California.

Point Lobos by Travel Notes & Beyond

Things Not to Miss in Monterey Bay

Make sure you stop at the Visitor’s Center:

401 Camino El Estero
Monterey, CA 93940

Summer: Open daily 9am—6pm, Sundays from 9am—5pm
Winter: Open daily 9am—5pm
*Closed on Thanksgiving, December 25, January 1, Easter

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• Wandering through Monterey’s historic district
• Spending the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
• Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf
• Taking a beach cruise
• Diving, snorkeling or kayaking
• Attending Monterey Bay’s annual Jazz Festival, which takes place each September

Use and download or print this Map of Monterey


We will be giving away one complete trip package, including 2 nights at Monterey Tides, 2 tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a wine blending at Joullian Vineyards.

See Monterey will be randomly selecting the winner from the comments.



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