U.S. News & World Report

Monterey Travel Guide

Why Go To Monterey

Monterey County is different from 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 laid-back and NorCal sophisticated. Colorful crops are displayed like jewels among the farm stands of inland Monterey—an area known to many as “The Salad Bowl of the World”—while farther south, Carmel-by-the-Sea dazzles with its air of easygoing opulence. Tremendous price tags on real estate help maintain the small-community atmosphere along Monterey’s jaw-dropping coastline.

This area makes for an ideal family getaway or a romantic weekend stay. And did we mention the golf courses? This stretch of the California coastline boasts some of the most coveted fairways in the world. Plus, it’s a year-round whale watching destination that’s also home to some of the best California tours. Add to that an abundance of natural wonders, luxury resorts and seafood restaurants, and Monterey might just be the perfect destination for your next vacation.

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