Cities for Art & Design Lovers in Monterey Bay Region
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- 181 reviews
This is where I would ideally retire to! It's quiet, safe and puts you in touch with nature. Check out all the local boutiques and even the library is beautiful! A plethora of art galleries!!
- 2124 reviews
I love Monterey, it is a great place to spend some time when driving on the California Coastal Route. A must stop, the Aquarium is one of the best and the Pacific Ocean never looks better. You even get to see Otters.
- 3129 reviews
Santa Cruz where the mountains meet the ocean... So many eco-climates in this town it is amazing. World renown surfing beaches, but there are also beautiful beaches for the beach goer who wants calm waters. You can hike in the redwoods, visit a vineyard, and go boutique shopping all on the same day... Santa Cruz has great restaurants many using ...
- 430 reviews
Pebble Beach is mostly a golf course and a road. It's a quasi-gated community since the roads in are controlled by the Park Service who charge a fee for entry unless you know someone on the inside (but they don't really check). The drive is amazing and has several pull offs where you can stop to watch the whales, sea ...
- 517 reviews
Cute little resort town. We had a low maintenance casual lunch at a pub for burgers & sodas with a view of the water. Little main street area was fun for us to buy taffy & fudge etc. My son made a Build a Bear-like Sea Otter at a little store. Had a local seaside town feel.
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- 616 reviews
Pacific Grove is a picturesque little town sandwiched on the Monterey Peninsula between Monterey and Carmel. It has a beautiful rocky shoreline, foggy and cool climate, and is largely inhabited by retirees and older people. It is famous for Lover's Point, where each year the Monarch Butterflies come by in swarms, or its several antique gabled Bed and Breakfast hotels, ...
- 78 reviews
Moss Landing is a tiny town north of Monterey on Hwy 1. If you travel up 1 instead of turning right toward 101, you'll go by Moss Landing. I like stopping here for lunch and to look at the otter rafts that take refuge in Elkhorn Slough.
- 811 reviews
It's just a small podunk town, and a historical stagecoach stop, inland from Hwy 1 south of San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. But you'll find enough here to amuse yourself for the day. Go tidepooling at the rocky, windy beaches and visit Point Pigeon Lightstation. Then head downtown for artichoke-cheese bread from Norm's before petting the baby goats and ...
- 94 reviews
Nice little beach town south of Santa Cruz. The beach is long and broad with brownish sand. On a clear day you can see all the way to Monterrey.
- 1016 reviews
This is a beautiful location that usually gets missed because of it's proximity to Carmel, Big Sur, and Monterey. The drive through these roads are unbelievable. Plus, it's getting more known for it's wine and other "fun" stuff.
- 1114 reviews
Calling itself "Garlick Captial of the World" the smell a garlick smell permeates the air. Most of the world's pickled, minced and powdered garlick comes from Gilroy. It's a place to pause at, look around and, unless one is here for the annual Gilroy Garlick Festival, leave.
- 123 reviews
A hellhole, infested with rednecks. This place should be so great. It's a beautiful woman with a personality disorder. Is it drugs, or disenchanted former loggers, or the not-so-hidden white power factions? It's just not a healthy place. It is hard to fathom why this town is so crunky. The redwood trees are beautiful, the proximity to the fantastic Big ...
- 137 reviews
Marina is almost a suburb of the more popular Monterey. As you come in on Hwy 1 going north, you're probably looking toward the beach, so you don't notice the strip malls and cheap housing on the other side of the highway.
- 1511 reviews
Its a nice place... Kind of remote but as far as I can tell not much else to it other than being close to monterey and carmel. I still liked it though. And with Steinbeck having grown up there I dont know much else to it.. but I get a sense of old time americana from the area. I can ...
- 1613 reviews
Seaside is a dinky little beach town next to Monterey. There's nothing else going on there.
- 173 reviews
Something about this town keeps bringing me back, pulling me off Hwy 101 to its old-fashioned Wild West downtown. Everyone flocks to the old Spanish colonial mission that starred in Hitchcock's classic thriller "Vertigo". But there are other reasons to stick around afterward, like the antiques shops, quaint garden restaurants and a state historic park. Pick up a loaf of ...
- 181 review
they grow great strawberries
- 196 reviews
Davenport is beautiful and wild. Walk along the bluffs overlooking the ocean and you will more likely than not see migrating whales spouting. If you descend to the beaches bring some layers as it gets cold anytime, and dont forget to pack your trash out. Be very careful swimming here, the water is treacherous as well as very cold. The ...
- 201 review
Decent little town, good for a quick stop for supplies before your hike at the Pinnacles.