it’s no secret that Monterey is pretty close to perfect! It’s even more perfect during the summer months! Check out some of our reasons about why you need to travel to Monterey this summer. Whether to road trip or to golf, the possibilities are endless for an amazing summer getaway.ย 


We know certain destinations – such as Florida – is an ideal golf spot. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing fun about playing golf in the middle of the day in the heat and humidity!ย  Monterey is the ideal destination for perfecting your game in theย cool coastal temperatures! Pebble Beach and Cypress Point are not the only courses on the Monterey Peninsula wading in rich history, stunning scenery and memorable golf. Even if you bring a budget to this conversation – and, safe to say, most of us do – it’s still possible to walk along majestic tree-lined fairways and enjoy a distinctive experience smacking around the little white ball.


June, July and August are jam-packed with events for just about everyone including music festivals, sports events and art celebrations. The Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration (June 18) brings out some of the best in local art while the Sand City West End Celebration (August 26-28) celebrates the arts in a much funkier fashion.

Depending on your genre preferences, the Carmel Bach Festival (July 16-30) has everything for the classic music lover while Monterey BaconFest (June 25-26) features live music from contemporary groups like Red Beans and Rice, Charles Johnson and WildCard.

If racing and adrenaline is more your speed than you will love the Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (July 8-10) and the California Rodeo Salinas (July 21-24).

Summer wouldn’t be complete without Monterey Auto Week (August 15-21). Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear. The grand finale takes place during the Concours d’Elegance on August 21 where 200 of the finest cars in the world are displayed at The Pebble Beach Golf Links. For a full list of events click here.


No summer is complete without a great road trip – especially in a destination like Monterey. Whether you’re heading south from San Francisco to Los Angeles or north from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the most beautiful route available is for sure Highway One. Highway One has over 99 miles of breathtaking coastline, from Monterey through Big Sur and into San Luis Obispo, and has been declared an All-American Road Trip by the US Department of Transportation’s National Scenic Byways Program and for good reason.

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