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Described as the greatest meeting of land and sea, Monterey County encompasses some of California's most stunning scenery while offering world-renowned Monterey Attractions and recreation. From the dramatic Big Sur coastline to romantic Carmel and Pebble Beach to historic Monterey and its diverse peninsula communities, to the fertile Salinas Valley, Monterey County offers a rich and complete variety of destinations for the leisure or business traveler.

The city of Monterey—once capital of the Spanish territory of California—has lovingly restored its historic buildings and beautiful Spanish adobes, many of which are included in the Path of History walking tour. Nearby, the beautiful Carmel Mission stands as a monument to the early Spanish heritage.

Steep Redwood canyons. Magnificent rocky shores. Majestic mountains
that reach down to the ocean's floor. All combine to create the rugged
beauty of "El Sur Grande"—known today as Big Sur. Early explorers stood in awe of the vast unmapped and unexplored wilderness of Big Sur, and set out not to tame the land, but to try to live simply and in harmony among its inhabitants. Today, visitors to this unique enclave will find many fun and interesting things to do. Camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, nature walks and scenic driving are all part of the Big Sur experience. Adventure travelers will enjoy backpacking in the Ventana Wilderness and camping under the stars. State parks and several private campgrounds offer developed campsites with hookups for motor homes. And for those who appreciate the finer things in life, Big Sur boasts several opportunities for elegant dining and relaxing at rustic yet luxurious inns.

The blend of Monterey County's unique landscape and climate with its history of innovation and tradition in winemaking form the recipe for success for Monterey County wines. Wines produced in Monterey County possess distinctive qualities that distinguish them from those produced anywhere else in the world. Winemaking in Monterey County dates back 200 years when the Franciscan friars planted the first wine grapes in the Spanish mission of Soledad. Today, Monterey County boasts over 40 wineries covering more than 40,000 acres. Monterey County wine country is comparable in quality and quantity to the better-known regions of Napa, Burgundy and Bordeaux

From the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi to the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey County boasts some of the finest fairways in the world. With over 20 public and private courses to choose from—all within easy distance—it is easy to see why visitors plan their entire vacation schedule around a single round of golf. Whatever you plan for your California getaway, Monterey should be among your first choices!

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Monterey Hotels

Monterey Bay Inn

Monterey Bay inn
from $249 per night
The Monterey Bay Inn meets the tides from its magnificent site along historic Cannery Row... more

Portola Plaza Hotel

Portola Plaza Hotel
from $ 199per night
Located at Fisherman's Wharf and overlooking Monterey Bay .... more

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa
from $259 per night
Overlooking Monterey Bay, On Historic Cannery Row.more

Hyatt Regency Monterey

Hyatt Regency Monterey
from $199 per night
Located directly next to the championship Del Monte Golf Course ....more

Hilton Omnterey

Hilton Monterey
from $224 per night
Located in a garden setting within half a mile of the beach ....more

Comfort Inn Carmel Hill

Comfort Inn Carmel Hill
from $89 per night
Discounted Aquarium tickets, free continental breakfast, high speed internet... more

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