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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2015
What to do for a quick trip  (10 Answers)

For my father's 78th birthday in May, I'm planning a trip to Monterey for us and his almost 6 YO great grandson. I'd like to take them on a whale watching trip and take a drive down to Big Sur. A long hike is out of the question, of course, but I've seen some short ones (around a mile) that will work for us. Our flt will arrive Monday morning in San Jose. Our whale watching will be over by 1 or 2 on Tues. Do you think it would be better to make the drive to Big Sur Monday afternoon or will Tuesday work? Any other suggestions of fun/interesting things that we can fill the day with? Both are interested in animals and nature. Our hotel is in Monterey.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2014
Weather and clothing needed?  (3 Answers)

My 3 daughters and I will be in Pacific Grove Ca. on FEb. 6th to 10th . What is the weather like at time of year and what type of clothes will suit the weather?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2014
17 Mile drive  (8 Answers)

I am staying in Monterey next June on my way from San Franciso to Los Angeles. I would love to see the 17 mile drive but will not have a car. Are there any organised bus tours of the drive? I cannot find anything online.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2013
What to wear?  (7 Answers)

I plan to visit the area in November. I'd love some guidelines for what is appropriate dress in bars, restaurants and shops in the area.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2013
Best places to stay in Monterey or Carmel-by-the-Sea  (5 Answers)

I'm traveling from San Francisco to Big Sur with my 14 year old daughter. I know we will do the Monterey Aquarium-any good small hotel/inn suggestions? We like hikes, whale watching, strolling by shops and small, non-chain restaurants.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2013
Trendy tourists ideas!  (9 Answers)

What is your favorite location to sit by and watch the surf? Where is the best place to search for sea glass near Pacific Grove, Carmel, Marina, Monterey and Seaside? Best place to see the sunset in this same area? Interesting free things to do in the area? Hope I am not asking too much. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2013
what to wear end of april  (10 Answers)

Im spending 4 days in Monterey, Carmel, and driving down to Bug Sur. Are jeans and flats acceptable or should i consider real hiking wear?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2012
Beach side hotel or Inn  (6 Answers)

Can someone suggest a good beach resort/hotel/inn close to the beach along highway 1, anywhere from Halfmoon bay to Carmel for a couple? Something thats not too pricey and clean.

We are planning to stay for just 1 night on a weekday.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2012
pacific coast highway  (9 Answers)

can you suggest some dynamite highlights and really the best route to take to Fort Bragg from Monterey?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2012
Things to do in Monterey  (14 Answers)

I am planning on visiting Monterey at the end of June with my family (two girls, 5 & 8). Other than the usual (Cannery Row, aquarium, Big Sur) I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion of what else might be fun to do. Also does anyone know where we could go tidepooling? The kids love doing that.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2012
Monterey Visit  (7 Answers)

Hi, me and my Hubby will be spending a few days in Monterey in June, we are driving from San Franciso taking our time and then have the whole of the next day, however we are doing a whale watching trip with Sanctuary Cruises in the morining. We would really like to see some of the Big Sur, are there any look out points that we could drive to, to at least see some of the views? Is there anything else we should also squeeze in whilst we are there. We are driving to Yosemite the following day so really limited time.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 08, 2012

Hello everybody,
I'm staying with my boyfriend in Monterey for one day and we wanna know what are the best activities to do to make the most out of it. Thank you for the tips!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2012
What to do for a bachelor party in Monterey?  (4 Answers)

Hi there,
Myself and some friends are travelling to California from London, UK for a bachelor party. We then plan to drive down the coast, ending up in LA.

We plan to spend a night in Monterey or Santa Cruz. Whilst we are there, I would like some help on the best area to stay. Which location is close to all the action? Also, can anyone suggest activities we could do in the day, or night (bars/clubs etc).

There are the obvious things, like the wineries, but can anyone suggest things more tailored towards a bachelor party?

I've heard Big Sur is worth the visit.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2011
BIG SUR  (2 Answers)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 30, 2011
First Visit to Monterey  (7 Answers)

My Finance' and I are arriving for 6 days in Monterey area on Friday, I have no clue what clothes to bring. I was thinking capris, Jeans and a light jacket? Also can anyone recommend resturants? And must see things to do.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2011
driving from monterey to yosemite  (9 Answers)

we were going to drive down the big sur in april but heard it got washed away. Is it possible to drive from Monterey to yosemite? What is the quickest route and how long would it take? Would we need a four wheel drive: i heard there is a lot of snow at Yosemite. any other suggestions? we have rented a house in Monterey for a week, so need advice on day trips. We are a family of 4.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 24, 2011
where to stay on californian coastal road trip  (7 Answers)

We will be drivingg from San Fransisco to Cambria in April. We are most interested in wildlife, so our stops will be at Monterey, Point Lobos and San Simeon. We can't work out where to stay overnight. For example, is Point lobos close enough to Monterey that we could stay overnight in monterey the day we go to point lobos? Can we stay somewhere very close to Point Lobos? Should we stay in pacific grove instead of monterey because we can see otters outside the hotel? Should we stay in Cambria or san simeon or is there somewhere closer to the elephant seal rookery?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2011
17 mile drive  (11 Answers)

Thinking about doing it on a bike with my kid, does the 17 miles take you back to where you started, or is 17 out and 17 back?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2011
Inexpensive hotel with a view? Does it exist?  (11 Answers)

I'm looking to stay in Monterey the second weekend in August and am looking for a great room with a view without breaking the bank. I have fallen in LOVE with Monterey Bay Inn and the Spindrift Inn, but even with my AAA's still outside of our budget.Our high end is the low200s a night or hopefully below200 a night. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would even be willing to stay in Carmel. I haven't heard anything about the area north of Monterey—should I look there or is it not worth it?

Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2010
Trip from Monterey to Paso Robles  (6 Answers)

What kind of drive is it from monterey to Paso Robles? My wife gets a little car sick.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2010
Place to stay in or near Monterey  (4 Answers)

Hi, My wife and (11Y) son are going to Monterey the first week of April. We have friends that live there so will be spending time visiting with them. We have a place on hold to stay at the Navy Lodge for75 a night including tax. My wife was wondering if we should get a place a little nicer. I told her maybe we could find a nice place outside of Monterey. Maybe like a bed and breakfast. Any ideas? Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 13, 2009
What to wear in late October? and a few other questions  (3 Answers)


I will be attending a conference in late October (23-28 to be exact) and would like to get some advice on what to wear for outdoors from local residents in Monterey.

Besides the conf, I will be taking a whale watching trip on Sunday morning, hope to see a humpback whale or two. Hopefully will have a chance to do some other activities (visiting the aquarium, sightseeing, etc.) as well.

What's the best whale watching co. to take the trip w/?

I'm also thinking about taking a short steam engine train trip to the beach? Will that be worthwhile? Or is that tailored for tourist mainly?

from the coastal region of SC

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 20, 2009
What to wear?  (2 Answers)

We (mother/daughter team) will be in Monterey in early September 2009, right after Labor Day. We have not been to Monterey in 40+ years. We are having a hard time deciding what to pack and wear. We will be doing a variety of activities like, kayaking on the bay, a whale watching trip, going to the aquarium, shopping in Carmel, a coast tour, a Luau at the hotel, and some receptions. Are capris with sandals appropriate or is that too "summery"? Will short sleeve blouses work with long pants? or will be be cold? What are the average temperatures?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2009
17 mile drive  (2 Answers)

I am a retired peace officer. I ride a Harley Davidson with other active and retired peace officers. Several of us will be riding the coast in September. We are staying overnight in Monterey and would like to take the 17 mile drive. I heard "a rumor" that motorcycles are not allowed. Is that so?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2009

Still trying to plan our family vacation and we can't seem to make up our minds
We're thinking either Monterey or San Francisco - we'd like to spend 2-3 days at the beach too -
Are there any beaches in the area where we could actually go for a swim? That means we’d need to find a hotel by the beach obviously -
Are there any day-trips from Monterey to SF that you know of?
We'd be flying in from Toronto - thinking of staying in Monterey but would also like to see a bit of SF as well ...
Please let me know if you have any suggestions -

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2009
Nightlife for the Over 50 Crowd  (3 Answers)

I'll be on the Monterey Peninsula in late July. I like to go to night clubs, pubs, & taverns where ever I visit, but most are filled with people in their 20s & I feel so out of place. So I'd appreciated any info on where the over 50 crowd hangs out at evening; especially in PG & New Monterey.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2009
Smoked fish  (3 Answers)

Could you please tell me if Monterey has a open fish market that sells smoked fish, as much or as little as you prefer? I usually visit the fish market in Morro Bay each year but this year we are coming to Monterey.Any help you can offer me would be greatly appreciated. Can I get your reply as soon as possible, Please.Thank you, Sarah Wallace.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2008
2 days - must see?  (4 Answers)

My hubby and I will be spending two days in Monterey and two days in San Fransisco. We will be staying at the Monterey Plaza and we haven't finalized our arrangements in San Francisco yet. Since we won't be staying long, I want to make the most out of our time. What are the must see/do activities? We will only be renting a car for the drive between Monterey and San Fransisco. We will be there in mid September. Thank you for your advice--this is my 30th birthday present from my hubby and the first time these Ohioans have ever vacationed without our children!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2008
Seafood  (8 Answers)

What is the best restaurant(not touristy) to get fresh seafood at a reasonable price? Where do the locals go? :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2008
Whale watching companies - any one better than the others?  (2 Answers)

I am planning on being in Monterey the last week in August and would like to take a whale watching tour but can't make up my mind regarding which company to go with. Any advice? I realize that there is no guarantee with any of them regarding actually seeing whales, etc...but I am guessing that there is some difference in the quality of service provided overall.

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