Whether you are into adventures on the bay, romantic outdoor dining, wine tasting experiences, or beach bumming, Monterey is a lover's paradise. As local experts for decades, here are the top 8 most romantic things to do in Monterey.
Find romance and relaxation on California's most historic and beautiful coast.1. Walk the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail
Enjoy romantic walks along this rail trail that follows Monterey Bay for 18 miles with spectacular bay views. Bike, surrey, or run along the coastline on this beautiful trail that connects Monterey's beaches and famed attractions such as Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Lover's Point.
2. Have a picnic at San Carlos Beach
Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch on this small, sandy beach on Monterey Bay. Located on the west end of Cannery Row, San Carlos Beach is also a scenic spot for scuba diving. The beach is in front of the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail and a short walk from Monterey Municipal Beach, a popular spot for swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, and sunbathing.
3. Wine tasting along the bay at Cannery Row
Sip the incredible wines of Monterey County and Carmel Valley at the wine tasting rooms and markets on Cannery Row. Stroll along this historic waterfront to enjoy wine tasting at A Taste of Monterey Wine Market and Bistro, Bargetto Wine Tasting Room and The Wine Experience. Savor award-winning wines from local wineries paired with innovative cuisine and bay views.
4. Watch the sun rise over the ocean at Lover's Point
North of downtown Monterey, Lover's Point in Pacific Grove is a romantic spot for picnics, swimming, boating, kayaking, surfing, photography and radiant sunrises. Lounge on the grass at Lovers Point Park or climb the rocks at the point for postcard views of Monterey Bay. Lovers Point is one of the only places on the West Coast where you can watch the sun rise over the water.
5. See the majestic gray whales on a Monterey Bay adventure
Embark on an amazing whale watching tour from Fisherman's Wharf to see the gray whales and orcas this season. With its cold and deep submarine canyon, Monterey Bay is a sanctuary for whales, dolphins and marine life. See the majestic gray whales migrate south this month for an unforgettable experience.
6. Road trip to the breathtaking sights along 17-Mile Drive
Cruise 17-Mile Drive along the Monterey and Pebble Beach coast to experience jaw-dropping scenery and ocean views. Spend a romantic afternoon driving along this magical coastline with dramatic cliffs, white beaches, spiritual forests, and legendary golf courses. Stop at natural wonders including the Lone Cypress, the Restless Sea at Point Joe, Crocker Grove, Fanshell Beach, and Spanish Bay.
7. Hike Jacks Peak County Park
Spring is a beautiful time of year to hike Jacks Peak County Park in Monterey. This beautiful park offers 8 miles of winding trails through majestic forests to ridge-tops with breathtaking vistas of the coast. Walk the nature trail that traverses the summit and stop for a kiss in one of the only natural stands of Monterey Pine Tree forest in the country.
8. Romantic dinner on the patio at Estéban Restaurant at Casa Munras
Monterey offers a vibrant food and wine culture with romantic restaurants and outdoor dining spots. In the heart of the downtown Monterey dining scene, Estéban Restaurant Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa dishes out modern Spanish cuisine, paellas, and home-made sangrias on their heated outdoor patio. Enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars or swing by for Tapas Hour and Wine Mondays.
Romantic Boutique Hotels in MontereyShow your special someone you love them with a romantic getaway to Monterey, California. Inns of Monterey offers five intimate boutique hotels on Cannery Row and in downtown. From the timeless romance and historic ambiance of Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa to the waterfront charm of the Monterey Bay Inn, discover romance and adventure at our collection of iconic Monterey hotels.
Fall in love this month with a romantic getaway to Monterey. Book the One Night Stay Special at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa with 20% off your room or suite with dinner on the patio at Estéban. Eat, stay, love!