The Best of the Bay:
Off our back decks

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Lover's Point in Pacific Grove:
2 Minutes

© ©Kip Evans

Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea:
13 Minutes

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Big Sur Coastal Drive:
19 Minutes

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17-Mile Drive:
7 Minutes

© © Monterey Bay Aquarium

Elkhorn Slough:
32 Minutes

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve:
18 Minutes

© © Simon East/

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park:
67 Minutes

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Wildlife Views:
Just offshore!

The Aquarium is perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline full of opportunities for discovery and exploration, where miles of welcoming beaches, hiking and cycling trails are just minutes away by car. Part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the waters just off our decks are home to a rich variety of marine life.

Hotel Partners

Hotel Partners

Simplify your vacation planning with one of our partnering hotels and get 2-day tickets for the price of 1-day.
Monterey Bay shoreline

Parks & Nature

You can enjoy this region's natural beauty by kayak, boat, surrey and scuba every season of the year.

Monterey Bay Audio Tours

Monterey Bay Audio Tours

Download our free audio tours and join us for guided walks along Cannery Row or the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail.
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General Information

These links to local communities, travel guides and visitor bureaus can help you plan a great trip to Monterey and the Central Coast.