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Monterey sits on the southern end of Monterey Bay on California’s Central Coast, two-hours’ drive from San Francisco.

The picturesque and historic Monterey waterfront and Cannery was once a major centre for the sardine-packing industry. You might have read about it if you read John Steinbeck's Cannery Row.

Today the converted factories and warehouses house a variety of gift shops, restaurants, bars and luxurious waterfront hotels. Monterey Bay is famous for its year-round whale-watching opportunities with Humpback and Blue Whales April to December and Gray Whales in December to March.

Days can be filled with leisurely walks along Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping for lunch or dinner at an ocean-view restaurant or spending time out on the water kayaking, sailing or fishing or on land, hiking, horseback riding or visiting nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The charming village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and the wine-growing region of Carmel Valley are located two-and-a-half hours’ drive south of San Francisco and 15-minutes from Monterey on California’s Central Coast.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a quaint one-square-mile village with chocolate box cottages and is bursting with boutiques, galleries, pavement cafes, charming eateries and gourmet restaurants. There is plenty to do here to fill a few days such as visiting the historic Carmel Mission Basilica, hiking along the scenic coastline and Carmel Beach or visit some of the winery tasting rooms in Carmel Valley. 

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Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa
USA California Carmel & Monterey
    Located quite literally over Monterey Bay on the lovely Cannery Row, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is a beautiful waterfront hotel. Voted one of the...
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Bernardus Lodge & Spa
USA California Carmel & Monterey
    Located in the heart of the Carmel Valley amongst oak trees and vineyards stands the beautiful and tranquil Bernardus Lodge & Spa. This luxury retrea...
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Carmel Valley Ranch
USA California Carmel & Monterey
    Set on 500 acres in Carmel Valley, the Carmel Valley Ranch is a 139 all-suite property with great family facilities, restaurants, spa and an impressiv...
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The Lodge at Pebble Beach
USA California Carmel & Monterey
    Since 1919, The Lodge at Pebble Beach™ has welcomed visitors to this beautiful setting on the 17-mile drive of California’s coastline. Set beside the...
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The Inn at Spanish Bay
USA California Carmel & Monterey
    The Inn at Spanish Bay is an idyllic retreat nestled amongst Monterey pines of Del Monte Forest, overlooking Spanish Bay and the Pacific Ocean on Cali...
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Post Ranch Inn
USA California Carmel & Monterey
    The highly acclaimed Post Ranch Inn combines elegance with barefoot luxury to create a calming and very special place. The Post Ranch Inn’s setting i...
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Ventana Big Sur
USA California Carmel & Monterey
    Welcoming romance-seekers, honeymooners, groups of friends and grown-up families, Ventana Big Sur is an utterly stylish Alila hotel for adults only. ...
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