Monterey is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but it can definitely get chilly in the winter. For those planning their Monterey getaways in the next few months, we listed eight winter essentials to pack. Now you'll be prepared, and ready to have the best winter vacation!
Winter weather in Monterey can range from the low 60s to high 30s, and it can especially get cold in the evenings. A great way to stay warm is to pack a thermos with you! It's eco-friendly, and you'll have a warm drink on hand for hours.
2. Comfortable Waterproof Shoes
With our colder weather also comes rainy days, so it‘s best to bring a pair of shoes that can withstand some rain. You might be on your feet all day with all the great attractions nearby, so make sure they are comfortable as well.
3. Warm Waterproof Jacket
This one may seem obvious now, but don't forget a warm jacket made for rain. Packing a warm waterproof jacket will allow you to enjoy beautiful Monterey, and stay warm and dry.
4. Dressy Outfit for a Nice Dinner
There are many great dining options in the area including Jacks Monterey, our on-site restaurant. It's always fun to make one of your evenings in Monterey a date night, so pack a dressy outfit for a night out on the town, and a nice dinner.
5. Cardigan or Scarf
The weather here can be a bit unpredictable. It is normal to start the day in a sweater, later change into a short sleeve shirt in the afternoon, and then put on a warm jacket in the evening. Dressing in layers will help you stay comfortable throughout the day.
6. Battery Bank
Monterey County is full of fantastic photo opportunities, which means you'll be using your phone throughout the day to capture memories and beautiful sites. Don't let your battery get to 0%, especially when you're traveling. A battery bank can fit easily in your purse, backpack, or coat pocket, and can be a travel lifesaver!
7. Kindle or a Good Book
A relaxing winter activity in Monterey is taking it easy, and enjoying a good book at a cozy café. Alta Bakery & Cafe and Captain & Stoker are two great nearby cafés within walking distance of the Portola Hotel & Spa.
8. Chap Stick and Moisturizer
If you are not used to the cold weather it's important to remember moisturizer. Some of our cold dry days can really leave you parched, so don't leave behind this easily forgotten item.