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5 Monterey County Adventure Experiences

03 Sep 2021
5 Monterey County Adventure Experiences

The Monterey Peninsula may be the perfect place to relax and unwind, but it's also an amazing destination for the wild at heart. If you're planning an adventure filled getaway, the Monterey Peninsula has more than enough to get your heart racing.

Adventure in the Sky

Experience Monterey County in the sky by paragliding at Raven Wolf Sky Sports. About a 10 minute drive from the Portola Hotel & Spa, you can paraglide tandem with an expert and see spectacular views of the Monterey Peninsula. It's truly a unique and exhilarating experience to see the coast from the sky.


Adventure in the Water

Another great way to see Monterey is by kayak or stand up paddle board. Just a 5 minute drive away, Adventures by the Sea have great rental options for both, and offer lessons for paddle boarding. They have different launch points in the area so can choose which part of the peninsula you want to explore.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Adventure by Boat

Whale watching can be a fun Monterey Peninsula activity, but if you're looking for something different Fast Raft Ocean Safaris is the perfect adventurous experience. This attraction, only a 5 minute drive away, allows you to board a low-to-the-water boat, and speed to the best areas to experience Monterey Bay's marine life. Everyone on board gets a front row seat to Humpback whales, killer whales, dolphins, and more!

Adventure on the Waves

If you've always wanted to learn how to surf, your getaway to Monterey County is the perfect place. Twenty minutes from the Portola Hotel & Spa, in the quaint town of Carmel, is Monterey Bay Surf Lessons. They offer private and group surf lessons to make you feel confident when you get in the water. However, if you already know how to surf, they also have surfboard and wetsuit rentals available. Also, check out On the Beach Surf Shop in Monterey for another great place to rent.

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Surf Lessons in Monterey County

Adventure on Land

If you still want adventure, but you're looking for something a bit more relaxed, hiking is the perfect activity for you. There are many trails around Monterey County with stunning vistas and picturesque scenery. To find out more about popular local hiking spots, see our blog post on the 5 Best Trails in Monterey.

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Hike in Garland Park


Start Your Adventure Today

Suffice it to say, the Monterey Peninsula has no shortage of fun attractions to get your blood pumping, all minutes from downtown and the Portola Hotel & Spa. To start your adventure, reserve your room today online or by phone at (888) 222-5851.

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