Beauty Along the Coast
Conjuring up images of crashing surf, verdant wine valleys, charming seaside shops and buzzing street cafes, Monterey Bay has a classic, enduring appeal. Home to some of the world’s most spectacular coastline, vibrant streets of historic Cannery Row, scenic hiking trails, driving routes, glorious wine country, and pristine golf courses – Monterey is an unmatched California escape. Monterey Bay engages travelers in endless ways. And when the road beckons, visitors can take the beautiful coastal drive to neighboring destinations, such as Big Sur and Carmel, all within close proximity of the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Discover why the Monterey Bay Aquarium is consistently ranked #1 in the United States for its innovative exhibits and unsurpassed visitor experience. With a mission to inspire conservation of the oceans, the aquarium is a stunning showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world’s richest marine regions.
Cannery Row: hese once gritty dockside streets have been transformed into a vibrant modern, boulevard, alive with chic boutiques, upscale galleries, and over 25 restaurants and wine tasting rooms.
Adventures by the Sea: Right next door to our hotel, hotel guests enjoy complimentary bikes and can also rent kayaks, paddle boards or join an adventure tour of the area.
California's Finest Wine Tasting: As one of California’s premier wine-producing regions, wine lovers will delight in exclusive tasting rooms right on Cannery Row. Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Monterey’s Wine Country, home to over 85 vintners and growers including the nearby Carmel Valley.
Whale Watching: We’re part of a protected marine sanctuary, home to a rich marine life. Enjoy close sightings of blue, gray and humpback whales as well as dolphins and orcas in season. Visitors can enjoy whale sightings close to shore as they come to feed in the deep Monterey Submarine Canyon.
Old Fisherman's Wharf: Old Fisherman's Wharf is bustling marina at the heart of the area’s fishing industry. Sample a hot cup of clam chowder from one of the many restaurants, watch trawlers haul in the day’s catch and view the sea lions and otters frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters.
Scenic Day Trips: Explore the incredibly scenic ride along 17-Mile Drive, sojourn to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, or visit the Big Sur, known for its epic scenery.
A Treasure Trove of History: Monterey's natural beauty has been the inspiration for artists, poets and novelists alike. Made famous by author and former resident John Steinbeck, in his famous book Cannery Row in 1945, there is a treasure trove of history to be discovered.
World's Top Golf Destination: The Monterey Peninsula is ranked the number-one golf destination in the world by Golf Digest Magazine. From the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links to the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi, Monterey County entices golf aficionados with some of the finest fairways in the world.
Hike the Valleys: Plan a day trip to Jacks Peak in Monterey or Garland Park in Carmel Valley, where you can explore dense forests, open meadows and paths alongside the Carmel River. Or head out to trails wind enticingly along the coast.
Beachfront Bike Trails: Bicyclists adore Monterey Bay, with miles of bike lanes, waterfront trails and off-road tracks. We offer complimentary bicycles, perfect to cruise along the scenic Monterey Coastal Recreation Trail, stretching 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat at Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.