Monterey lies three hours south of San Francisco, and is the most well trafficked town in Monterey County primarily due to the world-respected Monterey Bay Aquarium. The town itself is nestled right on the Bay, with views of the water accentuated by seals and sea otters swimming gleefully in the waters amongst the boats.
Monterey County is world-famous for its portion of the winding Pacific Coast Highway, as well as for the elegance of Pebble Beach along 17-Mile Drive and the jagged views, waterfalls, and backcountry hikes around Big Sur.
Given Monterey’s location in the center of it all, it makes a convenient base for travelers looking to avoid changing accommodations daily. From Monterey, it is only a short drive to multiple state parks, to the artist enclave of Carmel, or along the PCH to Big Sur and beyond.
Monterey has typically coastal California weather, which means a sweater is an essential item as the evening settles in. The dry season lasts from May through September, with average temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 degrees, making it an ideal time to visit for those seeking less rain and more warmth. Inland from Monterey, such as the county seat of Salinas, the temperatures can increase by 20 degrees so if you are cold just go inland!