Skirted with protected areas, Monterey Bay teems with wildlife, including otters, seals, dolphins and whales. Areas around the bay are protected marine lands with dynamic ecosystems that you can explore on foot. Consider enjoying the bay's crisp waters on one of the beaches hugging the coastline or visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A drive along the coastal road is another way to see the area that provides views and plenty of opportunities to pull off for photos. To visit Monterey Bay and other attractions in Monterey, use our Monterey travel planner.
Tours to Monterey Bay
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $75
Duration: 11 hours
Monterey & Carmel Explorer with optional Aquarium BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $94
Duration: 11 to 12 hours
Monterey Bay Reviews
We enjoyed walking from Pacific Grove street parking to the Aquarium and Fishermans Wharf and back. Great scenery more »
prachtige kustlijn en zicht op de golfterreinen die het mekka zijn van de golfsport. langs de kustlijn veel dieren zoals zeeleeuwen maar ook diverse vogels more »beautiful coastline and view of the golf courses that are the mecca of golf sport. along the coastline many animals such as sea lions but also various birds
Crazy if you have the opportunity to enjoy whales dance!
A really great place to do anything from whale watching to sitting on the beach relaxing. Great food and places to stay.
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