This community on the shores of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary combines all the charm and history of small-town California with endless recreation and cultural activities. From historic Fisherman's Wharf to John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to whale watching, scuba-diving, hiking and biking, opportunities abound to play and explore. Pebble Beach, home to the iconic 17-Mile Drive and some of the most famous golf courses in the world, hosts the annual ATT Pro-Am Golf Tournament and the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival. The famous Monterey Jazz Festival and Carmel Bach Festival attract music lovers from around the world. And automobilophiles flock to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the annual Concourse D’Elegance “Car Week.”
Fine dining, shopping, and high-end art galleries await you in quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, a European-style village with a large, dog-friendly beach. For history buffs, the Carmel Mission Basilica stands as a reminder of the saga of the Carmel Mission Trail, while nature lovers head to Point Lobos State Reserve for its stunning coves, tide pools and wind-sculpted cypress trees. Heading inland, scenic Carmel Valley Road winds you through Carmel Valley, a sublime pastoral river valley nestled in the Santa Lucia foothills. Averaging 300 days of sunshine annually, Carmel Valley offers spectacular hiking and is one of the fastest growing wine regions in California. It’s also a locavore’s dream, dotted with restaurants where innovative chefs are producing gourmet farm-to-table cuisine.