Monterey flights arrive at Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) via international and domestic connecting routes. The airport is situated only 10 minutes from downtown Monterey. The advantage of this small airport is that there are no long waiting lines, and security will be conducted without any hassles to the passengers. Car rentals are available at the airport for the short drive to downtown Monterey. A number of car rental companies are represented. Airfare to Monterey, including cheap flights to Monterey, is readily available online all year round.
You can also book flights to Monterey via the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), which is located just 60 minutes from Monterey.
The Monterey Trolley runs continuously on a circular route around downtown Monterey and Cannery Row from mid-morning to early evening. Car rentals are available, and it is advisable to have access to a car in order to enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Monterey. Taxicabs and the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus are also available.
Monterey Bay and the Cannery Row area are best explored on foot as there is so much to see and enjoy. Californian sea lions and harbor seals, otters, and pelicans are just a few of the varieties of sea life that you might encounter on your walks.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium with its interactive exhibits is one of the best aquariums in the world. Whale-watching expeditions and harbor cruises in glass-bottomed boats are great ways to enjoy all the sea life. Kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, and biking are all fun attractions as well.
Walk to Cannery Row and stop alongside Monterey Bay where you will encounter cute little sea otters floating on their backs and see Californian sea lions and harbor seals basking in the sun on the rocks. If you want to drive outside of Monterey, the San Francisco Bay Area is nearby.
The Del Monte Center is Monterey's largest shopping mall housing many specialty stores. The well-known Cannery Row has many shops offering a diverse range of goods from fashion to souvenirs.
Delicious seafood cuisine is served at numerous restaurants, and one of the best is Abalonetti Seafood situated on Fisherman's Wharf. A visit to Benihana is a not-to-be-missed culinary experience. There are plenty of amenities in the Wharf area where one can buy delectable snacks. The conveniently located Hippodrome in downtown Monterey is the place to go for nightlife. Planet Gemini is also a good nightspot for dancing and comedy shows.
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