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The Most Romantic Getaways All Around Monterey Bay

May 2, 2006  How my husband and I spend every anniversary, exploring the bay
3.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

Beautiful places to go with your significant other that are on or around the Monterey Bay area of California.

  • 1. Big Sur
    Big Sur, California

    One of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
    Visit Nepenthe Restaurant, high on a cliff looking down on the rugged coast. Sit on the deck; really great lunches and drinks.

  • 2. West Cliff Drive
    West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California

    The prettiest morning walk you could possibly have. Grab a coffee on Pacific Avenue, stroll down to West Cliff Dr. Walk all the way from the Santa Cruz Wharf to Natural Bridges Park. Stop at Lighthouse Point to watch some of the world's best surfing action.

  • 3. Pescadero
    Pescadero, California

    Drive gorgeouse Hwy 1 till you reach the little burg of Pescadero. Stop at Duarte's Tavern for artichoke soup and ollalieberry pie. Stroll the little town; it will only take about an hour.

  • 4. Capitola Village

    Have fun walking through the little village of Capitola. Grab a piece of Pizza from Pizza My Heart. Sit on a bench and gaze out at the bay. Very delightful!

  • 5. Gayles Rosticerria and Bakery in Capitola

    Stop for breakfast for a latte and any number of beautifully prepared French pastries. Sit on the flower-filled deck. Plan your day.

  • 6. Andrew Molera State Beach

    Go horseback riding at Andrew Molera State Beach. Your guide takes you down a stunning path to a very private beach.

  • 7. Cannery Row
    Cannery Row, Monterey, Monterey Peninsula

    Have fun people watching and grab an ice cream sundae at Ghiradellis.

  • 8. Natural Bridges State Park
    Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California

    In the winter, walk from West Cliff Dr. to Natural Bridges and view the monarch butterflies in their winter habitat. Amazing.

  • 9. Downtown Watsonville

    Take a Sunday stroll in Downtown Watsonville. Grab some very fresh Mexican pastries and sit in the park with the bandstand. Watch all the families dressed in their Sunday finery.

  • 10. Carmel
    Carmel, Monterey Peninsula

    Stroll the town, then eat at the Cafe Rio in the Carmel Village Shopping Center. You'll feel like a local.