Cities for Green Travelers in Monterey Bay Region, California 

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    Santa Cruz

    California, USA
    132 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 ...

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    California, USA
    14 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 ...

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    California, USA
    87 reviews

    There is a little something for everyone in Carmel. Gorgeous windswept California beaches? Check. Art galleries filled with well-known and up-and-coming artists and sculptors? Yep. Add to that great restaurants, sumptuous hotels and a one-of-a-kind outdoor theater in town, multiplied by Big Sur, Monterey, the 17-Mile Drive and monarch butterflies within an hour's drive, and you've got a full-service vacation ...

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    Moss Landing

    California, USA
    9 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.

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    Pacific Grove

    California, USA
    16 reviews

    A little foggy for my taste, but otherwise a charming coastal community with first-rate access to some of the most breathtaking dive sites in the Monterey Bay. It can feel like middle America with all its old Victorian's, but this spot is an oceanographer's Mecca and home to Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station. I could imagine growing old along this stretch ...

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    California, USA
    126 reviews

    Coastal living with a conscience. Located along a picture-perfect stretch of California coastline, Monterey is far enough from the hectic life of larger cities like San Jose and San Francisco, but close enough to benefit from their many amenities. With the near pristine wilderness of Big Sur to the South, and the quirky individualistic Santa Cruz to the North, there's ...

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    California, USA
    17 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.

  • 8


    California, USA
    4 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.

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    Carmel Valley

    California, USA
    17 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.

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    California, USA
    15 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.

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    Pebble Beach

    California, USA
    48 reviews

    World class golf. Tiger Woods has played a game or two. 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach,California...........93953...................................... UPPER CLASS , Greens over looking the Blue Pacific Ocean.

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    California, USA
    1 review

    Felton is easily accessible from Santa Cruz or Boulder Creek yet it feels a world apart. Set up in the redwoods, this small town offers some fun adventure. There are some good restaurants yet it is the gateway to nature which most people are after. Roaring Camp and Henry Cowell State Park are here. California's oldest state park, Big Basin, ...

  • 13


    California, USA
    13 reviews

    Seaside is a dinky little beach town next to Monterey. There's nothing else going on there.

  • 14


    California, USA
    7 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.

  • 15


    California, USA
    1 review

    they grow great strawberries

  • 16


    California, USA
    7 reviews

    Tiny coastal town along Highway 1 just north of Santa Cruz. Some nice restaurants are here along with lovely views of the coast.

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    San Juan Bautista

    California, USA
    4 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 ...

  • 18


    California, USA
    1 review

    If you're into the great outdoors and miles and miles of farmland, Hollister is the place to visit. Come here for sky diving and if you're interested in going to the Haunted Corn Maze during Halloween. Close proximity to the Gilroy shopping outlets and cheap(er) and larger homes, compared to the Bay Area, but a bit too far from "civilization."

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    Ben Lomond

    California, USA
    2 reviews

    My old stomping grounds! Hanging out by the river before, DURING and after school!

  • 20


    California, USA
    1 review

    Decent little town, good for a quick stop for supplies before your hike at the Pinnacles.

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