The Monterey Bay region encompasses several smaller cities that collectively make up the area known as “Monterey Bay”. These cities are Monterey, Carmel By the Sea, Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Seaside and Moss Landing. For the sake of visiting the region and focusing on the main sights and attractions the following cities are the primary draw: Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel By the Sea.
Monterey is the primary and most populated city in the Monterey Bay Area. Once the state capital of California, Monterey today is the most visited city in the region and has a population of 28,000 people. Monterey is home to Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Just west of Monterey and on the coast is the town of Pacific Grove. Pacific Grove will remind some of a picturesque New England coastal town with its many Victorian Homes, lush forest and quaint town center. Pacific Grove offers a variety of popular upscale dining options, is home to an annual Monarch Butterfly migration and has a well recognized golf course.
Carmel By the Sea
Clint Eastwood was once the mayor of this cozy town that is tucked in between the Del Monte Forest and the ragged cliffs of the Pacific. Narrow lanes sprawl throughout the town where multi million dollar homes, cozy Inns, upscale shopping and top Zagat rated restaurants all intermingle. Just to the north of Carmel by the Sea is Pebble Beach and the 17 Mile Drive.
Pebble Beach is home to the Pebble Beach resort (consisting of several world famous golf courses), the 17 Mile Drive, Del Monte Forest and multi million homes. Located in between Carmel By the Sea and Pacific Grove a drive through this area makes for some of the best views of the coastline of any location on earth.