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  • 80%
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  • 76%
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  • 70%
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  • 65%
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  • 61%
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  • 60%
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    Tali Manouki
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    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 always something interesting to get involved with, or in.

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    Erin Robin
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    In case you haven't considered it, you can go winetasting in and around the region. There are dozens of wineries in the Central Coast (of which Monterey is a part) and you can do a day of it fairly easily. Another option to consider is making the short drive to Carmel. The downtown 'village' is compact and easily navigated, and the boutiques and galleries make for some great window shopping (or actual buying, if you have the means!)

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    Joe Landez
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Took the train out of Reynosa to go see Juan Gabriel in concert with a female friend of mine. Stayed 3 days but never saw anything but the hotel.

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    Virgi Flor
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    So far I think the prettiest and charming town I have visited in the US. I loved the combination of ocean views, cute streets and houses, calm and easy going atmosphere, old Spanish heritage.... and of course stunning wildlife surroundings!. My stay was too short, I hope I can come back soon and visit more of the city and surroundings.

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I love everything about Monterey except the fog and freezing cold water. Why can't upwelling bring up warm, tropical waters and create a SoCal climate here? Otherwise, this is the perfect little historic seaside town.

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    Emon Tjokro
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    5 Jan 04, 2014

    Great small city, the view is just amazing.

    Recommended for:Family TravelersBudget TravelersBackpackersArt & Design Lovers
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    евгений шестернин
    5 Sep 30, 2013

    super

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    Caroline Faiers
    3 Jul 29, 2013

    Great stopover. You have to go to aquarium

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    Chenqing Zhao
    5 Jan 27, 2013

    美丽 安宁的宜居之地

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    Eli Montes
    3 Nov 04, 2012
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    Julia Calkins
    5 Oct 10, 2012

    The 17 mile drive and the Pebble Beach Golf Course are worth the trip up there. BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Sanjana Ram
    5 Sep 01, 2012

    lovely place

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    Monica Wang
    4 Aug 30, 2012

    Very relax place for vacation.

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    Vancha Morris
    5 Aug 25, 2012
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    Famouxsz Ghurl
    5 Aug 15, 2012

    Love It =)

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    Ray
    5 Jul 27, 2012
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    bali
    5 Jul 26, 2012

    great beach 2 be in this time :))))))

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    Teck Hyun Chong
    3 Jul 13, 2012
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    Rajesh Rkr
    4 Jul 11, 2012

    very nice

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    Wielie Erlanga
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    i hope you come back again

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4.5 out of 5
115 members' reviews
61,699 people visited Monterey

Description

Novelist John Steinbeck put the historic fishing town on the tourist map, and the unrivalled Monterey Bay Aquarium keeps it there. The world-famous aquarium awes visitors with the ecology and beauty of the Monterey Bay. Favorite exhibits include ethereally glowing jellyfish, playful otters and, on occasion recently, the first Great White Sharks in captivity. Named the capital of Spanish California ... read more
in 1776, Monterey's top attractions include some of the West Coast's oldest buildings -- the Monterey Maritime and History Museum, the 1834 adobe Casa Serrano and the original Royal Presidio Chapel (now the San Carlos Cathedral), built in 1794. Cannery Row, made famous by Steinbeck's novel, and Fisherman's Wharf lure in more tourists than fish these days with kitschy shops and seafood shacks. Families will appreciate the kid-friendly Monterey Youth Museum and paddle-boating at El Estero Park, also home to Dennis the Menace Playground. Culture mavens will appreciate the Monterey Jazz Festival every July, and offshore, whale-watching trips and eco-tours are a top to-do. Plentiful inexpensive motels and hotels mean many visitors choose to base themselves in Monterey while exploring Big Sur, Carmel, Santa Cruz or dozens of local wineries.

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