Quirky beach towns, deliciously fresh seafood, and scenic hikes and drives: discover what locals love about Monterey and Carmel. Inside you’ll find:
Flexible, strategic itineraries for every timeline and budget, including long weekends in Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Cruz, and a three-day road trip from Big Sur to Cambria
The top sights and unique activities: Visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, or take a whale-watching tour to catch a glimpse of sea otters, harbor seals, and migrating whales in the wild. Stroll along soft sand beaches, or browse artisan galleries and boutiques in Carmel’s idyllic downtown. Explore the stunning coastline on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, dive into a kelp forest, or rent a surfboard and catch a wave. Cruise along the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur, and pull over to soak up the breathtaking ocean view (and snap a few photos!). Catch happy hour at a historic brewery, or enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood as the sun sets over the bay
Expert insight from Monterey local Stuart Thornton
Honest advice on when to go, how to get around, where to eat, and where to stay, from budget motels to historic inns
Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
Handy tools including tips for seniors, visitors with disabilities, and traveling with kids
Thorough background on the culture, history, weather, and wildlife
Full coverage of Monterey, Carmel, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Cambria, San Simeon, and Morro Bay
With Moon’s local expertise, myriad activities, and practical advice, you can plan your trip your way.
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