Monterey offers a diverse range of activities to suit everyone, from diving among kelp forests to viewing historical buildings and from getting close to wildlife to wandering around art galleries. When choosing between the Monterey vacation rentals available, opt for somewhere near your favorite type of activity or an attraction you can’t wait to see.
Get great views of the bay from the observation deck and search for a souvenir from the tourist shops. Grab a bite to eat from the fish stands or enjoy a leisurely meal in one of the many restaurants in this harborside neighborhood. Stay in one of the Monterey Bay vacation rentals to be near opportunities to see wildlife, both on shore and in the water.
Watch California sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks and sea otters floating on top of the kelp forests. Take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat tour to see different creatures swimming beneath you. Venture further afield on a whale-watching trip. See if you can spot gray whales, orcas and humpback whales on your journey.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Wander around 45 exhibits that include an incredible array of creatures, such as jellyfish, stingrays, sharks, sea turtles, fish, octopi, birds and reptiles. Kids giggle at the sea otters’ antics and love getting close to creatures at the touch pools. Avoid following the crowds by taking a guided tour. Check out the interactive tours available, which even include the chance to feed the sea life yourself.
With the aquarium now at one end of Cannery Row, this area was once filled with sardine cannery buildings. See the old buildings as you stroll along and marvel as they seamlessly mix with restaurants, shops and boutique hotels. Visit Cannery Row Antique Mall to find trinkets of the Steinbeck-era and gaze out at Monterey Bay from McAbee Beach.
Monterey State Historic Park
Discover the history behind one of the oldest cities in the state. Monterey, CA, was discovered by a Spanish explorer in 1602, leading to the creation of a Spanish military settlement in 1770.
View the customs house, which is the oldest government property in the state, and tour residences that have been converted to house museums. As well as historic building, homes and gardens along the two-mile Monterey Walking Path of History, you’ll see whalebone sidewalks, which are some of the last remaining in the nation.
Choose a rental in the south of Monterey to be close to the seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Dine in gourmet eateries, shop at designer stores and wander around art galleries at Ocean Avenue. Then head to Carmel Beach to soak up the sun’s rays. If you’ve taken your pooch with you to Monterey, this pet-friendly beach is a great place to spend your leisure time.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Another good reason to stay in a vacation rental in south Monterey is to have quick access to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Gasp at the dramatic landscape of rock formations surrounded by crashing waves. Hike along your choice of the 13 trails, which range in difficulty from easy to challenging.
Divers have 10 diving points to choose from, giving you the chance to swim among coral reefs and kelp forests that are 70 feet high. In the water, you might be lucky enough to see seals and even whales. On land, spot sea otters and pocket gophers playing around.