Monterey is a waterfront community located just about an hour and a half from Santa Clara. The coastal city is known for its temperate year-round climate. Popular activities include Kayaking, scuba diving, surfing and whale watching. Monterey is home to Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the city's annual jazz festival. Monterey is steeped in history and noted for its abundance of marine life including sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, bat rays, kelp forests, pelicans and dolphins.
Lake El Estero is a popular Monterey park with activities including paddle boating, swimming and skateboarding in a skate park literally designed by and for local skaters and an area of the park especially for children named the Dennis the Menace Park. Bird watchers tend to enjoy this park due to the diversity of bird life in the area.
Monterey, CA Hotels
Best Western Park Crest Inn - An affordable place to stay while still being close to many area attractions.
Monterey Surf Inn - So-named for its proximity to the beach.
Ramada Limited Monterey - A hotel known to cater to the business crowd with conference and meeting rooms available along with wi-fi service available throughout the hotel.
The Inn at Del Monte Beach - A small adults-only hotel just across the street from Del Monte Beach known for its rooftop deck.
Americas Best Value Inn Stage Coach Lodge - Paying homage to the area's western heritage, this western-themed inn caters to the family crowd.
Monterey, CA Resorts
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa - A perfect place to go for a day of pampering and relaxation.
Seascape Beach Resort - A popular vacation spot for couples and families.
La Playa Hotel and Cottages-by-the-Sea - Everything you want in a luxurious getaway offering private rooms and first-class dining options.
Monterey Lakes Resorts & Marinas - Restaurants and on-site boat rentals make this resort a favorite destination for those looking to enjoy the beauty of the area along with the city's aquatic delights.