Monterey’s diverse cultural influence, stunning beauty, and outdoor recreation have made it an inspiration and international destination for numerous visitors throughout history. One of the most magical things about a Monterey getaway is the ability to experience “the old and the new” simultaneously. Visitors can step back in time when they visit any one of Monterey’s historic missions or adobes as well as experience a modern California city built on the edge of the picturesque and incredibly rich Monterey Bay.
Some of the most popular seaside attractions in Monterey include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and Fisherman’s Wharf. At the very heart of these attractions is the Monterey Bay and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary also called the “Serengeti of the Sea.” The sanctuary spans from Marin County all the way down the Central Coast of California to the town of Cambria. Many diverse habitats make up the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which include North America’s biggest underwater canyon, lush kelp forests, rocky shores, sandy beaches and peaceful estuaries. The sanctuary is home to over 180 species of seabirds and shorebirds, at least 525 species of fish, 34 species of marine mammals, and many different invertebrates and algae.
Due to its incredible natural beauty Monterey has always been a popular destination for artists, writers, and filmmakers. Just a few of the many artists and writers that have called Monterey home are: legendary California writer John Steinbeck, novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer Robert Luis Stevenson, and Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
One of the best things about staying at our hotel in Monterey Ca is our convenient central location near dozens of different things to do in the area. Whether you’re a history buff, marine enthusiast, a lover of incredible food and wine, or just want to hike and enjoy the outdoors, Monterey is the perfect place to explore your passion and Hotel Abrego is the perfect home base for your daily adventures. The following attractions pages are designed to serve as a brief informative guide to just a few of the many lovely things to do and see while in Monterey.