Five Ways to Explore Monterey

Five Ways to Explore Monterey

When it comes to discovering all there is to see and do here in beautiful, Monterey, getting around is easy. It’s what mode of transportation you decide that may be the most difficult vacation decision you’ll have to make! Whether by sea, by foot, by car (including a sea car) or by bike – it’s all right here, and at your fingertips.

Boats in Monterey Bay

By Sea

When booking your Portola Hotel & Spa getaway, one of our most popular and exciting packages is the Whale Watching for Two adventure aboard a Princess Monterey vessel. Feast your eyes on dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and more! Book now!

…And if boats aren’t your thing – try sea kayaking or stand up paddle boarding! Rentals available at Adventures by the Sea and Monterey Bay Kayaks.

By Car

Put the top down, get those sunglasses on and cruise all along the Monterey Bay or down Highway 1 to Big Sur in a classic car. From a 1961 Volkswagen 23 Window Samba Microbus to a 1957 Porsche 365 Roadster, Monterey Touring Vehicles gives all new meaning to “cruising”. View their entire fleet of vehicles and rates at

Big Sur, CA

By Sea Car

Located right outside our doors, Sea Car Tours of Monterey is a fun way to explore Cannery Row to the coast in the “coolest scooter in the world”. Choose from the two-seater Scoot Coupe or the four-seater California Roadster. With unobstructed views, buckle up and enjoy the ride! Learn more at

By Bike

Grab your helmet and a sweet beach cruiser and ride along the Coastal Recreation Trail in style. Rent an Electric Bike and cycle along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach or book a tour on a road bike. Load up the entire family on a Surrey Bike and explore Cannery Row, ending up at the famed, Monterey Bay Aquarium. No matter your style, Adventures by the Sea, located right outside the Portola, will help match you to your perfect bike! More at

By Foot

And there is just, good old-fashioned walking, jogging or running! Being so centrally located here at the Portola, allows for guests to explore the City of Monterey’s historic sites, festivals, nightlife, museums, and more by foot. Even the Coastal Recreation Trail is pedestrian friendly leading guests to Old Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Hopkins Marine Station, Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove and more!

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Pier

Book your transportation on your own, or feel free to ask our Portola Hotel Concierge for assistance and recommendations. Whatever mode of transportation you choose, have a fabulous time, exploring all the Monterey Bay has to offer! 

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