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Big Sur + Monterey Bay Travel Guide

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Monterey Bay travel is truly all about the ocean; the seaside town, which is located on central California’s Pacific coast, is the home of one of America’s premier aquariums. Indeed, many tourists travel to Monterey Bay solely to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where visitors can view an impressive array of sea life, including stingray, jellyfish, sea otter, seals, sea lion, dolphin, and blue fin and yellow fin tuna exhibits.

But Monterey Bay is more than just its aquarium; the city is a historical relic, full of expertly restored adobe buildings from California’s Spanish and Mexican periods.

Things Not to Miss in Monterey Bay

• Wandering through Monterey’s historic district
 • Spending the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
 • Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf
 • Taking a beach cruise
 • Diving, snorkeling or kayaking
 • Attending Monterey Bay’s annual Jazz Festival, which takes place each September

When to Go to Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay enjoys a mild climate year-round, but the summers can be relatively cool and overcast. If possible, travel to Monterey Bay in September or early October, when the fog clears, and daytime temperatures typically rest in the low-70s.

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