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Monterey Summer Bucket List

04 May 2023

May is here which means at the end of the month we'll get to kick off summer! With warmer days ahead, we're so excited to enjoy the outdoors in beautiful Monterey. There are several great activities to experience here, so we've listed some summer must-dos in Monterey. Check out our Monterey Summer Bucket List and start planning your getaway!


Get Out on the Water!


One beautiful way to experience Monterey is by enjoying it on the water, and there are so many ways to do this! If you're here for adventure, try kayaking in Monterey Bay. You'll enjoy stunning views of the water, and you'll probably get the chance to witness sea otters, sea lions, and seals up close. Kayak rentals are available at Adventures by the Sea, Monterey Bay Kayaks, and Pacific Grove Adventures.


Whale Watching

Whale watching is another great way to see Monterey from the water, and it's so convenient because tours are just a quick walk away from the Portola Hotel & Spa. Check out Discovery Whale Watch, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, Princess Monterey Whale Watching, and Chris' Whale Watching for tours on Fisherman's Wharf located just a 5-minute walk from our hotel.

Whale Watching with Princess Monterey Whale Watching
Whale Watching with Princess Monterey Whale Watching
Set Sail on Summer

If you're here to relax this summer, the perfect way to do this is by going sailing. Sit back and enjoy the view while the gentle ebb and flow of the sea accompanies you through the bay. Check out Sail Monterey, Bella on the Bay, and Carrera Sailing for this serene adventure.


Adventures on Land

Book a Tee Time

Golfing in Monterey is an experience like no other. With breathtaking views of the water, world-renowned courses, and wonderful weather conditions, it's no wonder why golfers flock to Monterey. There are many golf courses to choose from, but check out Poppy Hills Golf Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Pacific Grove Golf Links to get your search started.

Golf course at Poppy Hills
Poppy Hills Golf Course


Wine Tasting

Monterey County is a great place to go wine tasting because it's a great experience for wine enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Known for it's cool climate, Monterey boasts an impressive variety of wines, so you'll have so much to try. There are several wineries to visit, but Bernardus Vineyards and Winery, Georis Winery, and Folktale Winery are among local and tourist favorites. If you're looking for a tasting room, check out some that are just steps away from Portola Hotel & Spa including Sovino Wine Bar, Puma Road, and Albatross Ridge

Wine Tasting at Sovino Wine Bar
Wine Tasting at Sovino Wine Bar


Enjoy a Bike Ride

Taking a bike ride through Monterey is a fun activity you should definitely put on your summer bucket list. Enjoy a beautiful sunny day while you experience scenic views and sea breeze on one of many Monterey biking trails. The Monterey Rec Trail and 17- Mile Drive are great for enjoying a beautiful view. Bike rentals are available just steps away from our hotel at Adventures by the Sea.

Book your Summer Getaway!

With an endless amount of activities and attractions, Monterey will be the perfect spot for relaxation and adventure this summer. Check out our event calendar for more amazing summer events, and don't forget to book your stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa by calling us at (888) 222-5851 or visiting us online.


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