Have a free weekend? There are dozens of ways you could use that time to have some fun in Monterey, California. The next time you’re planning a trip to this coastal city, put a few of these suggestions on your list of things to do.
Stay at a Luxury Hotel in Monterey
If you need to book a room for your weekend in Monterey, you can look forward to many stunning options. Dozens of high-rated choices are along Asilomar Avenue, and some rooms on Ocean View Boulevard look out directly across Monterey Bay.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a nearby community on the outskirts of Monterey. Head down Highway 1 for a day of shopping in a quaint village-like setting or plan for a quiet afternoon on the beach overlooking Carmel Bay. This is a popular spot for diving as well.
If you’d like to learn more about the animals native to the area, go to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for a visit to the Whaler’s Museum. Back up Highway 1, you’ll pass California Sea Otter Game Refuge, which cares for sea otters in a scenic area.
Dine at Restaurant 1833
Restaurant 1833 is a fantastic restaurant serving up American fare, but it’s unlike any eatery that many people ever get to experience. The menu includes favorites like Red Thai Marin Coast Dungeness Crab and Korean BBQ Tri-Tip. If you’re thirsty, try a Sazerac (or “death in the afternoon”), a cocktail made with absinthe. The eatery also has a full wine menu. But what’s most interesting about this establishment is that the building’s history dates back to 1833 and is supposedly haunted.
Go to Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in the area and one of the best aquariums in the nation. There are many interactive exhibits, and if you want to learn more about the sea life on display, sign up for a one-hour guided tour. The aquarium has 2.3 million gallons of water in its tanks and is home to dozens of interesting animals and exhibits. Check out the live webcams if you’re curious about what’s in store during your visit.
Golf at Pebble Beach
If you’re a golfer, there’s a chance you’ll visit Monterey just for these links. This destination is world-renowned for its beauty, and the Pebble Beach Golf Links features an 18-hole 72-par course spanning 6,828 yards. If you’re not into golf, you can enjoy the amazing views of the water with a horseback ride on the trails at Pebble Beach.
Try Some Local Brews on Cannery Row
Cannery Row is famous for its shops and restaurants, and there are even a few breweries here. If you want to try some of the best beer in the area, go to the Cannery Row Brewing Company. There are 75 kegs and beer paraphernalia for viewing in addition to plenty of good food and cold drinks.
These are a few of the many wonderful things to do in Monterey. If you’re planning a trip to the city, add a few of these recommendations to your itinerary.