Romantic Getaways to Monterey, California
While California is home to a lot of amazing tourist spots, Monterey County is certainly one of the best.
It is quite undeniable that once you get to know Monterey, you can’t help but fall in love with the place. True indeed, for those people who are in search for a laid-back, recreational and idealistic hideaway and are passionate about history have found their peace in this picturesque community.
If you wish to experience a real Californian ambience, Monterey is definitely the place to go. There you will see a whole lot of what California is all about and what it has been. Many of its beautiful structures and thoroughfares or its wonderful sceneries as a whole speak and breathe of its colorful past.
Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, in particular, are two of Monterey’s iconic and most visited attractions. Another is the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Striding down the Path of History leads you to the old-fashioned beauty and historic sites of Old Monterey. Feel free to lay your eyes on those antique galleries, houses, gardens and quaint streets. For you to further discover the richness of Monterey’s history, don’t forget to drop by the renowned California Mission Trail founded by Carmel, Soledad and Jolon.
There is still plenty to enjoy and explore in this charming destination especially if you have your kids along. Be sure to bring them to Monterey Bay Aquarium wherein they can relish watching the vibrant marine life—all fascinating sea creatures, specifically the gray whales which can grow in really large numbers on peak season (somewhere within December and March). The playful sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and elephant seals, which can be seen along the coastal points of Monterey, are always an amusement to both young and old onlookers. You can even paddle with these charming creatures on the Marine Sanctuary.
Children love to play, so better take them to the adventure playground of Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey Mirror Maze and outdoor activities like hiking on Big Sur Cliffs, kayaking, or a family surfing lesson on Carmel Beach. You may also spend some quality family time at the Wild Things Animal Ranch in Salinas Valley and get acquainted with farming. Imagine the look on the kids’ faces as they get messy harvesting vegetables or encounter the farm animals in the mini zoo.
The next big question is when to go to Monterey. The big answer is: Anytime! Big thanks to its generally pleasant climate! However, some rainfalls may come around November till April. Winter is something not to worry about, too, for it never snows in Monterey. There is even no such thing as a sizzling heat during the summer months.
What you should be concerned about is how to make your vacation in Monterey a worthwhile experience. For your memorable and enjoyable stay, it’s best to come in July through September. This is the period when the weather is warmer plus a lot of exciting events and festivals are happening in this time of the year. Musical events such as the Monterey Bay Reggaefest in August and the Monterey Jazz Festival in September are very much popular and anticipated by thousands of tourists.
Haven’t I mentioned romance, yet? Monterey County is also a place for the romantics. The scenic ocean views are perfect for rendezvous and dinner dates as lovers gaze over the entire Monterey Bay. Some of the overlooking restaurants you can visit are Sierra Mar Restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn, Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse in Marina and the Sardine Factory on Cannery Row.
Other allures that you must not ignore include the Taste Morgan with its unique wine selection, the Golden Bough Playhouse, the Aero Dynamic Aviation with its flight trainings and aerobatics, and the heart-pumping Skip Barber Racing School at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
It is never going to get more exciting and rewarding to book your holiday in Monterey. One of the most affordable means to get there is via Monterey Airbus, which transports you to and fro San Francisco Airport or San Jose Airport to the Monterey Peninsula.
Get yourself to one of California’s best destinations—Monterey. Whether you are with loved ones or just by yourself, be assured that your getaway will be a great one.