Once a hub of industry, the centerpiece of Monterey–Cannery Row–has been famously revitalized into a complex of world-class restaurants, hip boutiques, and trendy bars. But this waterfront attraction is only the beginning, as visitors are quick to discover an abundance of water activities, intimate hideaways, and intoxicating natural beauty.

Fly Into

SJC San Jose Airport 
(San Jose, CA)


80mins To Monterey, California
Where is


  • United States
  • California


  1. Don’t spend all your time at the wharf: nearby Pacific Grove is worth spending the afternoon.

  2. Asilomar Beach, just west of town, offers public access to the rocky shores, without the crowds.

  3. Flying into Monterey is possible, but SFO can be a whole lot cheaper, and is only a two-hour drive.

When to Go

Summertime is magical in Monterey, when temperatures hover in the upper 60s. Wintertime is a little chilly, and can get rainy—while this time of year is beautiful, pack accordingly.


Nearby Regions


  • Arroyo Seco AVA
  • Carmel Valley AVA
  • Chalone AVA
  • Hames Valley AVA
  • Monterey AVA
  • San Antonio Valley AVA
  • San Bernabe AVA
  • San Lucas AVA
  • Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
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Don't Miss

  1. Monterey Bay Whale Watch Join marine biologists on a trip to observe whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.
    84 Fishermans Wharf, CA
  2. Monterey Bay Aquarium An astonishing array of marine animals and plants have made this aquarium one of the world’s greatest.
    886 Cannery Row, CA
  3. Bistro Moulin With succulent French cuisine and a tasteful décor, Bistro Moulin is a slice of Paris, just a block from the shore.
    867 Wave St, CA
  4. Monterey's Fish House Fresh seafood and a friendly atmosphere have made this unassuming corner eatery a local favorite.
    2114 Del Monte Ave, CA


Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Tickle Pink Inn

High atop the rugged cliffs overlooking the untamed Pacific and the lush Carmel Highlands a romantic hideaway awaits at Tickle Pink Inn.

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Colonial Terrace Inn

One of Carmel's original hotel accommodations, The Colonial Terrace sought out the peace and tranquility of the village neighborhood when it was built in 1925.



Schooner's Coastal Kitchen & Bar

This upscale seafood restaurant and bar offers beautiful waterfront views and a great variety of fresh seafood, both raw and cooked. You’ll find spacious, comfortable booths and an open kitchen.

Things To Do

Tours & Sightseeing
Adventures by the Sea

A premiere outdoor recreation company offering quality rental gear and tours by kayak or bike. Knowledgeable and friendly guides take you along Cannery Row for incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, spectacular scenery, and lots of fun.

Colton Hall Museum

This historical building was once a school and also contained a jail. Explore the small building to get a peek into California’s history.


Pierce Ranch Vineyards

Visit the wine bar located inside a cute little house to taste, relax with a glass, or grab a bottle to take home. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is charming and intimate.

Carmel Ridge Winery

This dog-friendly winery features a large wine bar, a casual atmosphere, and a great time with friendly faces. The delicious wine is temptation enough to leave with a bottle.

Did you Know?

The City of Monterey has some history: it was the capital of California under both Spanish and Mexican rule.

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