The rugged Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky and makes for an ideal fly-drive holiday. The stretches of scenic overlooks; the Pacific Ocean so close you can feel the sea spray; Bixby Bridge and 17-mile Drive all leading to the lively seaside community of Monterey. You'll feel like you are on a film set, but the stunning views along this section of California's central coast are the real thing.
Monterey is known for its sense of community and hospitality with a history that’s part of its charm and evident in the adobes, gardens, mission bells and lighthouses. Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast and visitors can tour the lighthouse on this remarkable bit of the Monterey Peninsula. Old Monterey is the heart of the historic downtown area and perfect blend of Monterey’s past and the modern, charming seaside town it is today.
Cannery Row, the one-time center of the sardine-packing industry, was immortalised by novelist John Steinbeck. Today, it's a popular strip of shops, restaurants, bars and the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Further down, you'll find Fisherman’s Wharf which is a great place for a mooch and whale watching tours.
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California & Arizona - Small & Friendly Hotels
California Coastal Cool
California Magic- An Independent Rail Tour
Northern California - Trafalgar Escorted Holiday
San Francisco Self-Ride Motorcycle Tour
The Californian - Trafalgar Escorted Tour
California Coast and Heavenly Hawaii
Whale Watching on the California Coast
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford