17-Mile Drive: Beginning at Pacific Grove Gate and carrying on to the Del Monte Forest, the 17- Mile Drive is a great way to explore the coastline and little spots just around the headland between Monterey and Carmel Bay.
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Just opposite Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea is well worth a visit when staying in Monterey or driving the 17 Mile Drive to Pebble Beach.
Farmers Market at Old Monterey Marketplace: If you’re in Monterey on a Tuesday, then make sure to visit the weekly Farmers Market at Old Monterey Marketplace. Taking place every Tuesday on Alvarado Street, it’s the go-to place for some yummy local treats.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park: Just north of the city, visiting Fort Ord Dunes State Park is one of the best things to do in Monterey if you want to explore the unspoilt coastline.
Lovers Point Park and Beach: Easily reached by following the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, Lovers Point is gorgeous to visit.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a protected area perched on the pristine coast between San Francisco and Cambria.