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Our Favorite Places in Monterey

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Our Favorite Places in Monterey

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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 : 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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Garrapata Beach

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

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

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

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.

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

laguna seca | Bandeira Verde

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

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

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

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

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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

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

Indian Summer is a popular place to catch some hookah and Bollywood films!

Indian Summer - Old Monterey Business District - Monterey, CA

Peter B's is a short walk from campus and the only local brewpub that brews their own beer!

Peter B's Brewpub

A popular place near campus to meet up with other students and grab a drink!

A great place to head after class or a group meeting to enjoy the outdoor fireplaces and continue the discussion!

Ike's Love and Sandwiches in Monterey is a branch of one of the most famous sandwich shops in San Francisco!

Rosine's is famous for their delicious (and enormous) slices of cake!

Rosine's Restaurant

Cafe Lumiere is a favorite place near campus to study and grab a coffee. #Coffee #MontereyInstitute

Cafe Lumiere - Old Monterey Business District - Monterey, CA

Troia's is a student favorite for sandwiches!

Troias Market - Monterey, CA

The unique geography of the Monterey Bay allows for some incredible wildlife sightings. There are many times during the year when you can see #whales just off the coast. #whalewatching

Every Tuesday evening Alvarado street becomes the #Monterey Farmer's Market. Visitors can find local produce, dinner, entertainment, and locally made products.

Monterey Farmers Market

Carmel Valley is home to some great #hiking, #wineries, and restaurants.

Carmel Valley Village

A beautiful place to hike and observe wildlife, #PointLobos is a must visit along the coast.

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    Denise DenDulk

    Been here and it is worth the admission price and walks all around the trails. It was breathtaking beautiful

A short walk from the #MontereyInstitute, the London Bridge Pub sits right on the harbor. A great place to sit outside around one of their fireplace tables.

London Bridge Pub

#Asilomar beach is a favorite for surfers and one of the best places to take a walk and enjoy the sunset. #surfing #beach #ocean

Driving along Highway 1 provides some of the best views in the country. The rugged California coast along Big Sur is a favorite place to visit for many students. #BigSur #Highway1 #CentralCoast

Highway 1 - Carmel, CA

Taking the bike path north from #Monterey, you can visit Ford Ord Dunes State Park. #beach #ocean #dunes

Fort Ord Dunes State Park

The bike path along the ocean runs all the way to Lover's Point, a beautiful place to hike around and enjoy the ocean views. #LoversPoint #PacificGrove

Lots of shops and restaurants can be found at Cannery Row! #Monterey #CanneryRow

Cannery Row - Cannery Row - Monterey, CA

Take a bike ride along the beautiful 17-mile Drive! #PebbleBeach #17MileDrive

#Monterey Fisherman's Wharf at sunset. #MontereyInstitute

Take a study break at Cafe Trieste near the #MontereyInstitute!

McWay Falls at Big Sur, California • photo: Ken Rockwell

California's Central Coast, 19 June 2010

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is world famous for its incredible collection of sea life and commitment to sustainability.

Plumes coffee...close to campus! #MontereyInstitute

Hike in Big Sur with the MIIS Student Outdoor Club! #MontereyInstitute #BigSur