Kayaking, sky diving, deep sea fishing and whale watching are just a hint of wonderful experiences available on the Monterey Peninsula.
Here are great ways to spend your days enjoying the area:
Asilomar Walking Tours: The 4 self-guided walking tours on various aspects of the park are Julia Morgan Architecture, Living Dunes, Coast Trail and Forest Walk. These tours will help bring a new perspective and renewed appreciation to the park's natural and cultural history.
17-Mile Drive: Take a journey on one of the most scenic drives in the world. This famous scenic byway runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the wild Pacific coastline to the magnificent Del Monte Forest. An entire day can easily be filled with this drive, as you pass breathtaking vistas, discover and explore some of Mother Nature’s finest creations and make lasting memories. Be sure to pack the camera! It is an exceptionally unique journey we recommend all should take. Don’t forget to stop and see all of the landmarks along the way. These include The Lone Cypress—one of California’s best-known landmarks, Spanish Bay, Point Joe, Fanshell Overlook, Cypress Point Lookout and Carmel Bay. You are able to see the famous fairways of The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. Put 17-Mile Drive on your “To-Do” List when you visit Asilomar.
Deep Sea Fishing: Located at historic Fisherman's Wharf, Chris' Fishing Trips is a full-service boat chartering company that offers deep sea fishing cruises in the Pacific waters beyond Monterey Bay. Call (831) 375-5951 for more information.
Golfing: Monterey Peninsula is home to nearly 20 world-class golf courses. Pick one for every day of your stay or just pick your favorite! Visit GolfLink.com for more information and tee times.
Adventures by the Sea: Enjoy team-building activities, group activities, bike rentals and more! Learn more.
Horseback Riding: Seemingly endless equestrian trails meander through diverse landscapes - from rugged mountain terrain to sandy beaches. Check with Monterey Bay Equestrian or Molera Horseback Tours for more information.
Kayaking: Discover the Monterey Bay by sea! Kayak through the kelp forests and see otters and harbor seals in their natural environment. Novice paddlers welcome. Daily tours offered as well as rentals. For more information, call Adventures by the Sea at 831-372-1807.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Enjoy all the wonders of the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium located nearby on historic Cannery Row. The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.
Monterey Movie Tours: Whether you’d like an introduction to the area, an alternative to attractions you’ve already seen or an exciting rainy day option, Monterey Movie Tours® is your ticket to a star-studded getaway! Visit MontereyMovieTours.com for more information.
Scuba Diving: Monterey Bay Dive Charters caters to travelling divers by planning, coordinating and conducting recreational scuba diving operations in and around the Monterey Peninsula. Call (831) 383-9276 to schedule a dive.
Sky Diving: Adventure Center Skydiving offers a wide variety of service and jump options, including tandem, AFF, an on-site skydiving store, and video and still photo services for your skydive. For more information, call (831) 636-0117.
Whale Watching: Randy's Whale Watching Trips is a small family-owned business that knows just where the whales spend their day -- and also offers fishing trips. For details, call (831) 372-7440.
Wine Tasting: Approximately 85 vintners and growers call Monterey Wine Country “home”. Monterey County’s lifestyle and wines are defined by the cooling influence of the ocean and especially of Monterey Bay and its very deep marine canyon, whose immensity and depth have earned it the nickname, “The Blue Grand Canyon™.” Learn more
Pacific Grove Museum: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world. The Museum's mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. The Museum is open from 10am-5pm Tuesday- Sunday. Learn More! 165 Forest Ave. Pacific Grove, 831-648-5716
Monarch Grove Sanctuary: Pacific Grove's Monarch Grove Sanctuary is located at 263 Grove Acre Avenue, Pacific Grove CA 93950. This is in downtown Pacific Grove on Ridge Road off of Lighthouse Avenue. The sanctuary is open everyday from sunrise to sundown and is free. It is highly advised for visitors to visit the sanctuary from 12pm-3pm when a Museum sanctuary Docent is present to answer questions show the monarchs in viewing scopes. The Monarch Butterflies arrive in October to cluster together on the pines and eucalyptus trees of the Sanctuary. They tend to leave between early February and early March- call the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History (831) 648-5716 for the current monarch count.