About the Monterey Peninsula
For natural beauty, it’s mighty hard to top the Monterey Peninsula. The dramatic, windswept coastline is a favorite of artists, film directors and photographers, and immediately familiar to anyone who follows the pro golf circuit on TV. The area’s individual towns have retained their distinct personalities, and appeal to visitors seeking different experiences.
Once the capital of California, the city of Monterey was founded by the Spanish, evolved into a commercial fishing center, and is the Peninsula’s hub of commerce today. It’s also home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a wonderful place to learn about the abundant marine life of the central coast. Tony Pebble Beach draws the rich and famous, especially those who can swing a club. Charming Carmel is the focal point for the arts, with galleries highlighting every medium.
Pacific Grove is popular precisely because it is not touristy. A beautifully preserved slice of 19th Century California, P.G. is a great place to hop on the 29-mile Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, whether on foot or bicycle. In the winter, P.G. earns its nickname – Butterfly Town U.S.A. – when thousands of Monarch butterflies spend a few months at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary off Lighthouse Avenue.