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Reasons to Visit Monterey this Summer

Reasons to Visit Monterey this Summer

Explore Beautiful Monterey County This Summer

Summer in Monterey can truly be a wonderful and inimitable experience! Visitors can revel in an idyllic, comfortable and enchanting experience on California's scenic Pacific Coast. The mild Mediterranean climate, idyllic beaches, extensive hiking trails or fascinating tours make Monterey a very special destination.

Cities within the county include Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Monterey, Pacific Grove and Salinas. Quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for its charming galleries, white sand beach, exquisite restaurants and wine tasting rooms. Pacific Grove is known for its one of a kind coastal recreational trail and magnificent Monarch butterflies. Salinas, a.k.a "Salad Bowl of the World" is a big agricultural destination where you can enjoy local fresh and organic produce.

Visitors who want to enjoy summer season in a memorable way should definitely visit Monterey County for soothing and quaint getaway.

Responsible Travel Code

Amid COVID-19 concerns, we ask you to embrace the California Responsible Travel Code below:

Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.

Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources. 

Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, including physical distancing measures. I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.

Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons, by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems.

Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.

Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.

Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California.

Fabulous Events

* Some events have been canceled and rescheduled to 2021 and 2022 amid COVID-19 concerns

Monterey is a full of various summertime events and outdoor performances. Music lovers can drop by Carmel Plaza's Summer Live Music Series on Friday evenings all summer long. The Summer Live Music Series in Carmel-by-the-Sea is perfect for people who want to unwind in the fresh summer night air with excellent company, eats and entertainment.

The Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns makes a delightful event choice for people who want to experience a bit of Monterey County heritage and culture. This event has been a staple in the region for over a hundred years. If you want to take it easy and enjoy a beautiful lantern pageant, you'll surely have a blast at the Feast of Lanterns. Other happenings include a delightful pet parade where youngsters can have fun as well.

Monterey Car Week takes place in August and is an excellent option for people who are fascinated by classic vehicles. If you want to feast your eyes on some of the most beautiful and well-maintained cars of yesteryear, you can't miss the fun Monterey Car Week has to offer.

There are many other events taking place this summer, so make sure you check our complete calendar of events for more choices.

Unique Attractions & Activities

Monterey County is also home to a variety of attractions that are available at all year long including summer. You can learn about intriguing marine creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or view creative artwork at the renowned Monterey Museum of Art. You can even check out historic sites while strolling around the picturesque Monterey Old Town Historic District.

Tour Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast and enjoy a great view of the Pacific Grove's rocky coast.

Experience Monterey Bay like never before through one of the magnificent whale watching tours. Tours are not limited to Gray, Blue and Humpback whales - you will have the chance to encounter dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, sunfish (Mola Mola) and other marine life.

Pebble Beach offers memorable Golf experience with courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean and fabulous scenery. Check out our recommended Golf courses.

Whether you want to drive or bike through Pebble Beach's 17-Mile Drive or visit the Fisherman's Wharf, there's never a shortage of things to see and do while visiting Monterey.

Great for Foodies

If you want to make the most of a Monterey summer, you can't ignore the county's amazing dining options. Cuisines include fresh seafood, contemporary American, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, French, Mediterranean, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese.

Savor amazing food while enjoying incredible ocean views along the sounds of crashing waves, our recommended list of best ocean views restaurants will come in handy. Check our "Eat & Drink" section for our complete list of local restaurants.

No trip to Monterey is complete without some good old clam chowder. If you want to savor clam chowder as you gaze at crystal blue waters, weather permitting of course, visit Old Fisherman's Grotto located in the action-packed Old Fisherman's Wharf. You can order your chowder in bread bowls, sizable bowls or cups and can even get your clam chowder served in a garlic butter toasted bread.

World Renowned Wines

No trip is complete without tasting the incredible Monterey wines which is full of high-quality wine tasting rooms and wineries. Wine Tasting rooms spread across the county from Salinas, Carmel Valley, Carmel-by-the-Sea to Monterey. For ideas where you can enjoy a great sip, check our recommended Monterey wineries.

No One Will Be Left Out

Monterey County is a great place for pure summertime enjoyment and events. These events are suitable for people with all tastes and pastimes. If you want to make your summer complete, make a point to head to Monterey to enjoy its incredible scenery, smiling faces, thrilling activities and beyond. Please visit responsibly - the health and wellbeing of our visitors and our residents is our top priority.

For lodging and accommodations, we highly recommend Hofsas House in Carmel. Other lodging options are included on our recommended hotels section. For additional activities and things to do, check our activities section.