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In 1776, Spain named Monterey as the capital of Baja (lower) and Alta (upper) California.

The Central California Coast is truly beautiful. I always loved the views as we drove up PCH. There is something magical about rugged cliffs that spill into the ocean. Being awe-struck during that drive is an understatement. The towns along the coastline are a wonderful surprise. They somehow maintain a low-key vibe even when you enjoy the finest culinary experiences, epic outdoor hikes, and beautiful beaches.

If your summer travel plans include time on California’s Central Coast, then checking Monterey Bay Summer Specials is likely on the top of your travel planning list. Afterall, with all the things to do in Monterey Bay and Monterey County during the summer months, you’ll want to stay for more than one day. 

Before we get to the summer specials, here is just a little taste of some of the most popular things to do in Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Things to Do in Monterey in the Summer

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world and has nearly 200 galleries and exhibits showcasing over 35,000 plants and animals.

Explore Monterey Bay Aquarium

There is a reason the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world-renowned marine life institution. It seems like no two visits to the aquarium are the same because the deeper you dive into our underwater world, the more you see. Visitors get an up-close and interactive experience with a wide variety of marine animals. While playful sea otters are a fan favorite and often steal the show (and your heart!), peering through an awe-inspiring kelp forest and being mesmerized by free-flowing jellyfish dancing through the water is just as wonderful. 

Love the ocean? Learn more about National Marine Sanctuary experiences

Hike Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

If hiking through rugged coastline with picture-perfect views throughout your trek sounds like your vibe, then Point Lobos State Natural Reserve must be on your list of things to do in Monterey. Keep your eyes open and you could be rewarded with a glimpse of diverse wildlife, including seals, sea lions, and seabirds. Not to mention the secret coves and pristine beaches!

Visit Historic Cannery Row

You’ll be saying “That’s what Steinbeck was talking about!” as you stroll through Historic Cannery Row. While remnants of the sardine canning industry described in John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row during the Great Depression remain with signage and architecture, the luxury waterfront hotels, inviting restaurants, and boutique shops are a sharp contrast to Steinbeck’s view of Monterey. 

Things to Do in Carmel-by-the-Sea in the Summer

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The bay is home to an incredibly diverse array of marine life, including whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions, and over 30 species of marine birds.

Explore Carmel Beach

Pristine sands seem to call to you, enticing you to relax and unwind on one of California’s Central Coast Beaches. Dog-friendly Carmel Beach is loved for its stretch of white sand that blends seamlessly with crystal-clear waters. It’s an escape from life’s hustle and bustle. A place where you can stroll along the sand, build sandcastles, and enjoy the California sunshine. One of the things I love about Central Coast beaches are the landscape, trees, and greenery surrounding the beach area. It’s truly something special.

Step Into Storybook Village

Where else can you go where the salt breezes tickle your senses as you wander streets lined with enchanting cottages that seem to have jumped out from the pages of your favorite childhood storybook? Carmel-by-the-Sea Village is renowned for its narrow street, whimsical architecture, enviable gardens, and quaint storefronts with Old-World charm.

Immerse Yourself in the Local Art Scene

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a haven for artists. No surprise because they are surrounded by inspiration and Nature’s beauty! Explore an impressive number of art galleries showcasing works by local and renowned artists, enjoy and live outdoor performance, or participate in art workshops and classes as you tap into the magic of your own inner artist.

Special Notice About Highway 1 Road Closures

Please be aware that stretches of Highway 1 have experienced landslides in 2024. Emergency repair work may be in progress, depending on your travel dates. Be sure to check the most recent information so you can anticipate closures, traffic delays, and other important planning information. Here is a list of resources for updated information:

Camping reservations can be make up to 6 months in advance: Reserve California  

Weather Forecasts: NOAA Weather-Monterey   

USFS Properties and road updates: USFS_Los Padres National Forest   

Current Highway Closures and Conditions: CalTrans-Road Conditions Map   

Lodging: Monterey Bay Summer Specials

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Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, was once the largest sardine canning center in the world.

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa 

 The Hotel: The historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is a luxurious stay in the heart of picturesque Old Town Monterey. Its history can be traced to 1824 when Don Esteban built the first house outside the original Presidio Walls with handmade adobe bricks. Part of the original structure still stands in the Marbella Meeting Room.

 The Special: Book your midweek stay prior to June 30th and receive 20% off on select dates through September 30, 2024

 What Else? Guests enjoy modern comforts and signature amenities, including paid on-site parking, electric vehicle charging stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness room, an outdoor heated pool, free use of bicycles and pet-friendly accommodations. Spa treatments and an immersed wellness experience are available at the relaxing DESUAR Spa, a deluxe, private day spa adjacent to the hotel. 

Location: 700 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940.
Instagram:  @casamunrasgardenhotelandspa
Phone: (800) 222-2446

Monterey Bay Inn

The Hotel: The waterfront Monterey Bay Inn is conveniently located adjacent to the popular San Carlos Beach, within walking distance to the Coast Guard Pier, Cannery Row Shopping, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. When you’re here, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Monterey Marine Sanctuary and easy access to world-class restaurants and attractions.

 The Special: Monterey Adventure Package includes accommodations for two and a full-day bike, kayak, or paddleboard rental. From now through summer, rates start at $319. 

 What Else? Guestrooms have balconies with outdoor furniture to enjoy the sweeping view of Monterey Bay; amenities include a rooftop hot tub, afternoon cookies, easy access to the beach, and complimentary continental breakfast delivered to the guestroom. 

 Location: 242 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940
Instagram: @montereybayinn
Phone: (800) 424-6242.


Spindrift Inn

 The Hotel: One of Monterey’s most romantic waterfront hotels. The newly renovated rooms feature sweeping views of Monterey Bay or a bird’s eye view of the fabled Cannery Row. The peaceful guestrooms feature cozy fireplaces, and complimentary breakfast is delivered to the guestroom each morning and guests may enjoy afternoon wine & cheese before dinner plans. 

 The Special: Table for Two Romance Package includes accommodations for two and a $100 gift certificate to dine at Cannery Row’s world-famous Sardine Factory. Available now through July, 2024.

What Else? The Sardine Factory Restaurant on Cannery Row is the Monterey Peninsula’s iconic destination for fine dining and special occasions. Spindrift Inn is in the heart of Cannery Row and affords guests easy access to all that Monterey offers, including the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, vibrant boutiques, and lively restaurants. 

 Location: 625 Cannery Row, Monterey, California, 9394
Instagram: @spindriftinnmonterey
Phone (800) 841-1879

Victorian Inn

 The Hotel: Victorian Inn offers a warm charm that celebrates the historic Lang House and adventurous spirit of Monterey. The Victorian Inn is steps from Cannery Row, features garden courtyards, quiet oversized guest rooms, and cozy marble fireplaces in each room.

 The Special: Stay Longer and Save. Stay three nights and receive 15% off any room type, including a flexible cancel plan. Stay four nights and save 25% off any room type. 

 What Else? Victorian Inn is pet friendly and perfect for travelers and families who appreciate relaxed surroundings and a convenient location just a short walk to Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Location: 487 Foam Street, Monterey, California 93940
Instagram: @victorianinnmonterey
Phone: (800) 232-4141

Wave Street Inn

 The Hotel: Wave Street Inn is just steps from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pacific Grove’s Lovers Point, and the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. The hotel’s beachy décor features contemporary art and pops of ocean-blue and starfish-orange accents for a sunny, laid-back vibe. 

The Special: Advanced Booking Special. Enjoy a Monterey getaway and save 15% per night on published rates. You must book 14 days in advance to take advantage of this offer.

What Else? Wave Street Inn has outdoor fire pits, the perfect way to unwind after a busy day.

Location: 571 Wave Street, Monterey, California 93940
Instagram: @wavestreetinn_monterey
Phone: (800) 764-2595

Explore More with Monterey Bay Summer Specials

There is even more to enjoy along the Central California Coastline. We hope this gives you some inspiration and a way to save on your next California travel adventure!