Written by Christinna from Expecto Adventures
Located on the coast of Central California, Monterey offers the best of both Northern and Southern California. A bustling city with a rich history, Monterey features green rolling hills, beautiful beach scenery and temperate weather year-round. There’s something for everyone in Monterey!
Where to stay on a budget?
For backpackers: check out the campgrounds at the Veterans Memorial Park.
For families: the hotels on Fremont Blvd in Seaside offer good accomodation at a good price, and are close to all the things to do in the area.
For luxury travellers: search Caramel-by-the-Sea on Airbnb for cozy cottages, treehouses, beach rentals and even mansions! Caramel is a very ritzy town just minutes from Monterey, with a convienent location to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course.
Where to eat on a budget?
Cheap Price: Dametra Cafe at Del Monte Center in Monterey. AMAZING mediterranean food!
Cheap Price: Papa Chanos on Alvarado St in Monterey.
Average Price: Sushi Time on Fremont Blvd in Seaside.
Expensive: Vivolo’s Chowder House on Central Ave in Pacific Grove.
What to do or to look at?
Walk around Cannery Row & Fisherman’s Wharf, although I don’t recommend buying anything here, as prices are jacked up for tourists. Walk the trail and climb on the rocks at Lover’s Point Beach. Lighthouse Cinema in Pacific Grove is never crowded, and has very friendly staff, if you feel like catching a movie. If you like history, check out the Presidio of Monterey Museum and Colton Hall Museum – both free! If you have money to spare, Monterey Bay Aquarium has fascinating exhibits and you will easily spend 4+ hours here. If you have money, drive down and catch the views at Big Sur, about an hour south. Check the city website to find out if there’s any festivals going on when you visit – they are really fun to attend (or volunteer at)! Also check out the races at Laguna Seca Raceway.
What not to do?
Avoid The Bull & Bear on Alvardo Street, and the Del Monte Shopping Center – they are crowded with rowdy service members in their time off. The Seventeen Mile Drive is not worth the cost.
3 fun facts?
- Discovered and named in 1602, Monterey was once the capital of both Alta and Baja California, when it was part of Mexico. For a short period of time, Argentina controlled Monterey. (Seriously, you should check out the museums!)
- Monterey is deemed the Language Capital of the World because of its various language learning institutes and diverse population.
- The California Constitution was ratified in Monterey in 1849.
This great guide was written by Christianna. Check her out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. She also has a blog which is a great read, check it out here. If you are looking for more accommodation then check out Agoda and Hostelworld, I highly recommend them. Travel insurance? Go World Nomads, a trusted and reliable travel insurance company.
Author Bio: Hi, I’m Christianna from Expecto Adventures! I work fulltime, but I try to travel as often as possible. I love languages, cats, the beach, and books, especially Harry Potter. Join me on my adventures 🙂