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What Locals Love About Monterey

14 Feb 2024

Nestled along the picturesque California coast, Monterey's unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and culture captivates both the hearts of visitors and locals. From the serene shores of its beaches to the charming streets lined with shops and eateries, Monterey has a magnetic allure that continually draws people in. In honor of Valentine's Day this week, we're sharing what Monterey County locals love about this special destination. We took a second to talk to some locals; here's what they said.

•    Marine Life: Monterey is home to an array of marine species including whales, dolphins, sea otters, and seals, making it such a unique place for nature lovers.

•    The Beaches: Monterey County's beaches are cherished by visitors and locals alike. Many flock to catch the sunset and relish in the beauty of our sandy and rugged shores every day of the week. For first-time visitors seeking guidance on which beach to explore, check out this blog post

•    Close to Big Sur: Situated just south of Monterey, Big Sur boasts a rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, and enchanting redwood forests. Many locals love to hike its trails and take advantage of its beauty.

•    The Food: There are many amazing places to grab a bite here in Monterey with such diverse cultural cuisines. Specifically, one thing our locals really love is the clam chowder. Next time you visit, be sure to stop by Jacks Monterey, Peter B's Brewpub or Old Fisherman's Wharf for some authentic Monterey Clam Chowder.

•    Walkability: One of our favorite things about Monterey is how walkable the downtown area is. You can also easily get to Alvarado Street to Cannery Row and Lighthouse Avenue by walking down the scenic Monterey Rec Trail.

•    Golf: Known for our world-class courses, it's not just visitors who take advantage of our golf offerings. Locals regularly schedule tee times and enjoy the game with friends and family.

•    The People: Monterey, being a popular destination, embodies a strong sense of hospitality among its locals. So don't hesitate to ask for directions or recommendations from them, as they'll be so happy to help!

•    The Weather: Monterey has a mild climate year round with temperatures ranging in the 40s- 60s in the winter and spring, and 50s to 70s in the summer and fall. With an average of 267 sunny days in Monterey County, it's almost always gorgeous around here!

•    Taking the Scenic Route: One thing many locals love to do is drive down Ocean View Blvd & Sunset Drive, and take in the Pacific Grove beauty. Many bring mini picnics and enjoy the view in their car, or even take the drive at night to appreciate the stars and hear the waves.

•    Small Town Feel: Monterey definitely has a family- friendly, small town feel, but at the same time, there is so much to do! It's one of the many reasons why this part of California is so unique.

•    Farmers Markets: Monterey County boasts numerous farms yielding an abundance of fresh produce. Locals love the fresh food and local art available at these vibrant markets. Farmers markets happen daily across Monterey County, but the Old Monterey Marketplace is in the heart of downtown Monterey and is conveniently situated just steps away from the Portola Hotel & Spa on Tuesdays!

•    Hiking Trails: It's no secret that Monterey has such unique beauty, and one of the best ways to explore this is through our hiking trails. Locals love hiking through Point Lobos, Big Sur, Fort Ord, and even strolling down the Monterey Rec Trail.

View from one of the trails at Point Lobos

As you plan your visit, don't forget to take some inspiration from our locals on ideas for what to do in Monterey. Many of these reasons why locals love Monterey is exactly why visitors love this area as well. We look forward to welcoming you so you can also discover what makes Monterey so special. To book your stay, visit our website, or call us at (888)-222-5851.

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