Things to Do
17-Mile Drive – scenic drive along the ocean and past estates and golf courses
Horseback riding – Forest and beach rides
Stillwater Cove Kayak Tour – Two and a half hour guided kayak tour right near the Beach Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
The Spa at Pebble Beach
Fitness centers and classes
For shopping, downtown Carmel as well as two shopping villages right off of Highway 1 – The Barnyard and The Crossroads
Carmel Walks guided walking tour
Carmel Beach at sunset (or anytime)
Tor House, the stone home of poet Robinson Jeffers in Carmel (Fri & Sat)
Theater, music, or dance performances
A Place of Worship, Education, History and Art
Point Lobos State Reserve
This state reserve has beautiful, easy oceanfront trails that meander around coves and inlets, where you can see a lot of wildlife (seals, sea otters, pelicans, herons, cormorants, etc.)
Big Sur coastline
Go for a drive to see breathtaking views high above the Pacific. Stop at California Market in Highlands Inn or Nepenthe for lunch. Browse the Phoenix gift shop next to Nepenthe restaurant.
Point Sur Lighthouse
Take a daytime or full-moon evening tour
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Hike the spectacular waterfall trail.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
One of the best aquariums in the country!
A Taste of Monterey wine tasting visitor’s center
Tourist/souvenir shops and restaurants
Path of History
Path of History self-paced walking tour of the historic adobes in downtown Monterey
Monterey Farmers’ Market
Monterey Museum of Art
Oceanfront recreation trail
Bike or stroll along the popular 9 mile oceanfront trail from Pacific Grove to Marina
Small beach and park. Rent kayaks or bicycles at the beach and take off right from there!
Museum of Natural History
Showcasing the birds and wildlife, plants, geology, and cultural richness of Monterey County.
Victorian mansions and cottages
Visit victorian mansions and cottages throughout town
Take a tour of these historic homes-turned-inns
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary
See thousands of butterflies that migrate to Pacific Grove each winter (October-March)
Most of Carmel Valley’s wine tasting rooms, such as Bernardus Winery, Holman Ranch Vineyards and Joullian Vineyards are located just a short stroll from each other.
Chamber of Commerce
Get general information from the Chamber of Commerce.
Elkhorn Slough Safari
Two-hour boat cruises of the wetlands – see lots of wildlife
Phil’s Fish Market & Restaurant
Lunch or dinner at Phil’s Fish Market & Restaurant
Hop aboard an eco-friendly Sanctuary Cruise for the premier whale watching adventure on the Monterey Bay!
Kayak Elkhorn Slough
National Steinbeck Center
Drawing from the works of John Steinbeck, The National Steinbeck Center is dedicated to Steinbeck’s creative legacy: to participate, to inspire, to educate, and to understand one another.
Literary Walking Tour
Covers Steinbeck literary locations in historic Old Town Salinas, the city of John Steinbeck’s birth (including his home)
Monterey Movie Tours
Take a guided, narrated bus tour of the many movie locations located throughout the Monterey Peninsula
Theater, music, dance performances