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Monterey-Bay encompasses the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and also the Salinas Valley, Carmel Valley and Big Sur. Monterey Bay is one of the most romantic and exciting vacation destinations, and has been called the "greatest meeting of land, sea and sky" in the world. In Monterey, you'll want to explore Cannery Row, which began as a rowdy sardine-canning district, and today is a colorful mixture of shops, restaurants, pubs and markets. And don't miss the spectacular Monterey Bay Aquarium, set alongside the rocky shoreline of the Bay. Just a sampling of other things to do in the area include golfing on one of the 23 most beautiful and challenging courses in the world, visiting the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in neighboring Pacific Grove, and taking the famous 17-Mile Drive around the peninsula. Or, go hiking, biking or roller blading along the Oceanside path that runs from Lover's Point in Pacific Grove to Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. Visit a historic lighthouse or winery, treat yourself to a day spa, go ballooning or wind surfing, or explore the beaches and tide pools. Shop in some of the most unique galleries and boutiques in the world and dine in world class restaurants. Whether you come for adventure, or a relaxing, romantic weekend get-a-way, you'll find a lack of time is the only thing missing from your Monterey Bay vacation!

Surrounding areas: La Selva Beach, California (9.7 mi), Watsonville, California (11.2 mi), Rio del Mar, California (11.6 mi), Aptos, California (12.6 mi), Capitola, California (12.6 mi), Pacific Grove, California (12.6 mi), Monterey, California (13.8 mi)

Monterey Bay Vacation Rentals

Monterey Bay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Marina Dunes Resort3295 Dunes DrMarina, CA8.7 mi.(877) 944-3863
Quality Inn3280 Dunes DrMarina, CA8.7 mi.(800) 550-0055
Travelodge-marina BCH3290 Dunes DrMarina, CA8.7 mi.(831) 883-0300
Motel 6 #1026100 Reservation RdMonterey, CA9.2 mi.(831) 384-1000
Comfort Inn & Suites140 Reservation RdMarina, CA9.3 mi.(831) 883-4000
Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel & Suites Marina189 Seaside CirMarina, CA9.3 mi.(800) 228-7555
Ramada Inn Marina323 Reservation RdMarina, CA10.0 mi.(831) 883-1800
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA10.2 mi.(831) 728-4144
Heritage Marina Days Inn416 Reservation RdMarina, CA10.5 mi.(831) 384-9784
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA10.5 mi.(831) 728-3600
Seascape Resort1 Seascape Resort DrAptos, CA10.6 mi.(831) 688-6800
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA10.9 mi.(831) 724-8881
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA11.1 mi.(831) 724-3367
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA11.7 mi.(831) 728-2300
Best Western Lighthouse Lodge And Suites1249 Lighthouse AvePacific Grove, CA11.8 mi.(800) 858-1249
Sunset Inn133 Asilomar AvePacific Grove, CA11.8 mi.(831) 373-1114
Best Western Inn1111 Lighthouse AvePacific Grove, CA11.9 mi.(831) 646-8885
Otter Cove & Cottages1100 Lighthouse AvePacific Grove, CA11.9 mi.(831) 373-1114
Feather Bed Inn1095 Lighthouse AvePacific Grove, CA12.0 mi.(831) 373-1114
Rio Sands Motel116 Aptos BCH DrAptos, CA12.3 mi.(831) 688-3207
Seacliff Inn Best Western7500 Old Dominion CTAptos, CA12.4 mi.(831) 688-7300
Pacific Gardens Inn701 Asilomar BlvdPacific Grove, CA12.5 mi.(831) 646-9414
Asilomar Conference Center800 Asilomar BlvdPacific Grove, CA12.6 mi.(831) 372-8016
Deerhaven Inn And Suites740 Crocker AvePacific Grove, CA12.6 mi.(831) 373-1114
Pacific Grove Motel2o4 Grove Acre AvePacific Grove, CA12.6 mi.(831) 372-3218
Rosedale Inn775 Asilomar BlvdPacific Grove, CA12.6 mi.(408) 655-1000
The Martine Inn255 Oceanview BlvdPacific Grove, CA12.6 mi.(408) 373-3388
Econo Lodge Bay Breeze2049 Fremont BlvdSeaside, CA12.8 mi.(831) 899-7111
Victorian Inn487 Foam StMonterey, CA12.9 mi.(831) 373-8000
Victorian Inn487 Foam StMonterey, CA12.9 mi.(831) 373-8000
Holiday Inn Express443 Wave StMonterey, CA13.0 mi.(831) 372-1800
Best Western Magic Carpet Lodge1875 Fremont BlvdSeaside, CA13.1 mi.(831) 899-4221
Howard Johnson GXP Inn1893 Fremont BlvdSeaside, CA13.1 mi.(831) 394-8566
Casa Blanca Motel101 Main StSanta Cruz, CA13.2 mi.(831) 423-1570
Comfort Inn - Beach & Boardwalk314 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA13.2 mi.(831) 471-9999
Super 8 Motel321 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA13.2 mi.(831) 423-9449
Super 8 Motel338 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA13.3 mi.(831) 426-3707
Embassy Suites Hotel1441 Cyn Del Rey BlvdSeaside, CA13.3 mi.(831) 393-1115
Best Inn & Suites600 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA13.5 mi.(831) 458-9660
Holiday Inn Express1400 Del Monte BlvdSeaside, CA13.6 mi.(831) 394-5335
Bed & Breakfast
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA12.4 mi.(831) 462-3376
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA17.0 mi.(831) 625-2585

Monterey Bay Weather & Climate

The Central Pacific Coast, between San Francisco and the Monterey Bay, enjoys a mild, Mediterranean type climate. It can be cloudy and damp in the wintertime but spring through fall is sunny, warm and dry - perfect for enjoying the area's beaches. This region that is at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay does not experience much variation in daytime temperatures, but nights are generally cooler in winter than in summer. The rainy season runs late October through early April, with the rest of the year experiencing only a trace of precipitation. Early morning fog is common along the coast in the summertime, due to warm air moving across the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Due to very dry conditions in summer, wildfire is always a threat in the forested mountain regions and in winter, mudslides can occur on mountain roads when lots of rain is received over a period of a few days.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 60°F 38°F 4.72 in. 55°F
February 62°F 41°F 4.45 in. 56°F
March 63°F 43°F 3.92 in. 56°F
April 67°F 44°F 1.62 in. 57°F
May 68°F 48°F 0.51 in. 57°F
June 71°F 50°F 0.12 in. 59°F
July 72°F 52°F 0.08 in. 62°F
August 72°F 53°F 0.07 in. 64°F
September 73°F 52°F 0.29 in. 63°F
October 72°F 48°F 1.06 in. 61°F
November 65°F 42°F 3.00 in. 60°F
December 60°F 38°F 3.41 in. 57°F

Monterey Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 15 miles south of Monterey Bay in Monterey, California, the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located approximately 38 miles north of Monterey Bay in San Jose, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located roughly 62 miles northwest of Monterey Bay in San Francisco, California, and finally the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located around 66 miles north of Monterey Bay in Oakland, California.

Monterey Bay Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA14.0 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA23.3 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA38.4 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA72.3 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA81.7 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA37.3 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA81.7 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA85.5 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA117.9 mi.
Golf Courses
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA11.2 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA11.2 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA12.6 mi.
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA12.6 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA13.4 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA13.8 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA13.8 mi.
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA14.6 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA15.3 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA16.5 mi.
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA17.6 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA18.0 mi.
Valley Gardens Golf CourseScotts ValleyCA18.3 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA23.3 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA23.3 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA23.3 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA24.6 mi.
State Parks
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA5.9 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA9.4 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA15.8 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA17.3 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA22.3 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA23.5 mi. 
Ano Nuevo Island State ParkCA31.5 mi. 
Big Basin Redwoods State ParkCA31.6 mi. 
Castle Rock State ParkCA31.9 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA32.5 mi. 
Cascade Ranch State ParkCA34.5 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA34.8 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA35.2 mi. 
Andrew Molera State ParkCA36.1 mi. 
Butano State ParkCA36.5 mi. 
Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkCA39.3 mi. 
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA12.4 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA12.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA13.3 mi.(History)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA13.8 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA14.0 mi.(Science)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA25.4 mi.(Technology)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA29.8 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA37.3 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA37.3 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA37.3 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA37.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA37.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA37.3 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA37.3 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA38.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA38.4 mi.(Technology)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA51.9 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA51.9 mi.(Technology)
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCA52.7 mi.(Technology)
Silicon Valley Art MuseumBelmontCA53.9 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA13.8 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA37.3 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA72.3 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA73.2 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA73.2 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA92.2 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA98.2 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA113.6 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA117.9 mi.

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