Skirted with protected areas, Monterey Bay teems with wildlife, including otters, seals, dolphins and whales. Areas around the bay are protected marine lands with dynamic ecosystems that you can explore on foot. Consider enjoying the bay's crisp waters on one of the beaches hugging the coastline or visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A drive along the coastal road is another way to see the area that provides views and plenty of opportunities to pull off for photos. To visit Monterey Bay and other attractions in Monterey, use our Monterey travel planner.
Tours to Monterey Bay
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $79
Duration: 11 hours
Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $80
Duration: 11 to 12 hours
Monterey Bay Reviews
Try the bay views or 17 mile drive or Carmel. Anywhere you go it’s going to beautiful. North or south you can’t miss. more »
Seeing as my other half is a fan of Big Little Lies we had to stop in Monterey. We walked around spotting some locations from the show, had lunch and left. Amazing views. more »
Will never ever forget to Monterey bay. One of the most memorable memories attached to this place. So pleasant air and the environment was great! Loved the long walks here with my colleagues during my visit. Would definitely visit here again if I can.
Definitely one of the most beautiful places I've lived in America. The sunsets are surreal, the jogging path along the coastline is beautiful, the scenery is master photography level, and the drive to Big Sur is amazing.
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