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Our Favorite Places in Monterey

Our Favorite Places in Monterey

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The Monterey Institute offers professional graduate degrees with an international focus. Our students, faculty, and alumni work on some of the most critical issues of our time.

Monterey Institute of International Studies


460 Pierce St
Monterey , CA

(831) 647-4123

Old Fisherman's Wharf is a tourist hot spot for free chowder samples, whale watching tours, and viewing sea lions and otters.

Old Fisherman's Wharf


Wharf No. 1
Monterey , CA

(831) 375-4604

Old Fisherman’s Wharf : Believe Inn Monterey

The Monterey Bike Path runs along the ocean and offers a perfect place for bikers, runners, and walkers to enjoy the beautiful Monterey coastline.

Monterey Bike Path


Monterey Bike Path

Skyline Nature Trail around Jack's Peak is a scenic place to hike near Monterey

Skyline Nature Trail


Jack's Peak Rd.
Monterey , CA

Skyline Nature Trail

Carmel River State Beach is one of the most beautiful places to watch the waves crash along the coast. The marshland attracts many varieties of birds.

Carmel River State Beach


Ocean Ave
Carmel , CA

(831) 649-2836

French Heart by the Sea~: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Del Monte Beach is located right off the bike path heading North from Monterey. A beautiful spot for a picnic or beach bonfire.

Del Monte Beach


Popular for camping and hiking, Andrew Molera is at the North end of Big Sur.

Andrew Molera State Park


2211 Garden Road
Monterey , CA

(831) 649-2836

Garrapata Beach, right off of Highway 1, offers hiking trails with beautiful sweeping views of the Central Coast.

Garrapata Beach

Garrapata Beach

Pinnacles National Park is just an hour outside of Monterey and offers incredible hiking and rock climbing opportunities.

Pinnacles National Park

National Park

5000 Highway 146
Paicines , CA

(831) 389-4485

Bixby Canyon Bridge is one of the most beautiful and iconic bridges along Highway 1.

Bixby Creek Bridge


27602 Highway 1
Big Sur , CA

The Fort Ord public lands offer some of the best mountain biking trails in Monterey County.

Fort Ord National Monument

National Park

Hwy 68
Salinas , CA

Carmel Valley is a sunny escape just a few miles from Monterey. The rolling hills are dotted with wineries making wine tasting a favorite activity.

Carmel Hills Winery


The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey is famous for the many races that take place each year.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca


1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy
Salinas , CA

(800) 327-7322

laguna seca | Bandeira Verde

The Lone Cypress is an iconic part of the Pebble Beach coastline.

The Lone Cypress


17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach , CA

The beautiful trails along the Pebble Beach coastline make a perfect horseback ride.

17 Mile Drive - Picnic Rocks

Scenic Lookout

One of the most famous Golf Courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the rugged Central California coast.

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Golf Course

2700 17 Mile Dr
Pebble Beach , CA

(831) 647-7500

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Elkhorn Slough is a beautiful place for kayaking, paddle boarding, and enjoying nature!

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Nature Preserve

(831) 728-2822

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove is a popular place to surf!

Asilomar State Beach


Sunset Drive
Pacific Grove , CA

Paddle Boarding is a fun way to explore the Monterey Bay. Don't forget to rent or bring a wetsuit!

Monterey Bay

Harbor / Marina

Monterey Bay Kayaks - Monterey Bay Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals

Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and get up close to wildlife in the Monterey Bay.

Monterey Bay Kayaks

Outdoor Supply Store

693 Del Monte Ave
Monterey , CA

Part of the Marina shopping complex that also includes Old Navy and Bed Bath and Beyond, REI is a great place to pick up gear for the amazing outdoor activities you can enjoy around Monterey!


Clothing Store

145 General Stilwell Drive
Marina , CA

(831) 883-8048

Settling in to Monterey? The Sand City Target is a short drive from Monterey and offers a wide variety of household staples. The Sand City shopping complex also houses a Costco if you are looking to buy in bulk!


Department Store

2040 California Ave
Sand City , CA

(831) 392-1990

Located in the Del Monte Shopping Center, Whole Foods is just a short drive or bike ride from downtown Monterey!

Whole Foods Market


800 Del Monte Ctr
Monterey , CA

Need to do some shopping? The Del Monte Shopping Center has over fifty shops, a grocery store, and a movie theater!

Del Monte Shopping Center


1410 Del Monte Ctr
Monterey , CA

(831) 373-2705

Del Monte Shopping Center

Need a quick snack between classes? Grab something at Trader Joe's, a grocery store just a few blocks from campus!

Trader Joe's

Grocery Store

570 Munras Ave
Monterey , CA

(831) 372-2010