- Monterey on WikiTravel: About the city, and how to get there
- Monterey Visitor Information: Monterey County Events and Things to Do
Monterey (California) is a beautiful town on the southern end of Monterey Bay (Santa Cruz is on the north end of the bay). In addition to a variety of things to see and do in Monterey, it is only a few miles north of Carmel, a very lovely upscale town filled with art galleries, interesting stores, cafes, and restaurants.
Just south of Carmel is Point Lobos, a state park of remarkable coastal scenery along with a rich and diverse plant and animal life.
Beyond Point Lobos lies Big Sur, with perhaps the most breathtaking coastal highway in California.
There are a number in the vicinity, with a few having tasting rooms about a mile away at the Cannery Row area and others a short drive. Ventana Vineyards, featured at the HEAD Banquet, is just a few miles from the Portola Hotel & Spa.
2999 Salinas Hwy, Monterey, CA
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Monterey is not a big town (population 28,000) but there is a small airport nearby (4 miles away), the Monterey Peninsula Airport (code MRY), which has connections to several cities. As there are not many flights per day, don’t wait until the last minute to book if you use this option.
The two large nearest airports are San Francisco International (SFO), 100 miles from Monterey, or San Jose Airport (SJC), 75 miles from Monterey. You can either rent a car (the drive down the coast is especially lovely) or take a van service, the Monterey Airbus.