Monterey, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Pebble Beach, and Moss Landing offer miles and miles of California beaches alongside many tourist-friendly attractions, such as the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Looking for a short summer vacation? Monterey County welcomes you. We love that you can leave your house in Oakland at 9 am and be on a kayak by 11 am.
The water in this area is packed with otters and other sea life. Years ago, we stayed in Moss Landing and enjoyed a tour of Elkhorn Slough with a guide who showed us exactly where to look for wildlife. (More details on that trip here >)
Things to Do With Kids In Monterey County
- The Monterey Zoo
- Carmel Beach, loved by kids and dogs, offers plenty of room for everyone
- Kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding
- Rent a surrey (a 4-6-person family bicycle) to ride on the path
- Visit the famous Mission Ranch Sheep and eat outdoors
- Whale-watching boat tour (Here’s a Groupon)
Where to Stay near Monterey (Hotels)
VRBOs near Monterey
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