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Visitor's Guide

Thank you for choosing the Big Sur International Marathon for your race destination weekend. In addition to the activities and dining options listed below we encourage your to check out MontereyBayAdventures.com.  This website offers locals and travelers information on all Monterey County cities,  things to do, attractions, winery maps, media galleries, blogs, forum topics, beaches, dining, travel booking and more. It's the definitive source to everything happening in one of the most spectacular and scenic coastal destinations in California.  Your adventure is just a click away at www.montereybayadventures.com.

Monterey Bay Adventures

Here is a sampling of what the Monterey Peninsula has to offer.


The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium's Kelp Forest

Located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey, the world-renowned Aquarium offers a diverse collection of exhibits including the Kelp Forest, Sea Otters, Giant Pacific Octopus, Sandy Shore & Aviary, Rocky Shore, Secret LIves of Seahorses, Splash Zone & Penguins, Open Sea and more.

The Aquarium is open daily (except Dec. 25) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. May 28 through September 5 and holidays. For more information visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call 831.648.4888

The Path of History: Retrace the footsteps of the early pioneers on this clearly marked, self-guided tour of Old Town Monterey. From the State Parks' building located at the Custom House Plaza, guides in period costume share stories of life in early California.
Cannery Row: Made famous in the novels of John Steinbeck, Cannery Row today is home to many shops and fine restaurants while still retaining the flavor the old canneries which once lined the street. www.canneryrow.com
Fisherman's Wharf:
An adventure in seafood dining, the Wharf is still a working pier with whale watching and guided bay and fishing trips. For more information contact
Carmel-By-The-Sea: A quaint seaside village known for its shopping, art galleries, boutiques, shops, fine restaurants and beautiful white sand beach. Only one-square mile, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a wonderful place to stroll and discover hidden courtyards, whimsically styled homes and fine art. The area around Carmel-by-the-Sea, known simply as Carmel, has breathtaking scenery, wonderful parks and the historic Carmel Mission. To learn more visit www.carmelcalifornia.com.
Elkhorn Slough Safari: Enjoy a guided tour of one of California's largest wetlands and it's abundance of wildlife aboard a 27-foot pontoon boat. During your seven mile journey you can photograph and enjoy otters, harbor seals and a wide variety of shorebirds. Refreshments are provided. For more information visit www.elkhornslough.com.
17-Mile Drive: Discover nature's treasures tucked into the Del Monte Forest along with world-renowned golf courses. During your drive, visit the Lone Cypress, Seal and Bird Rocks, Fanshell Beach, Point Joe, the Restless Sea and Pescadero Point. Be sure to stop for lunch at one of the fine restaurants of the Pebble Beach Resorts.

Pebble Beach Call 800.654.9300 or visit www.pebblebeach.com

      • Links at Spanish Bay
      • Pebble Beach Golf Links
      • Poppy Hills Golf Course

The Monterey Area

 Carmel Valley





Boating/Sailing/Kayaking/Stand Up Paddle

Scuba Diving/Snorkeling





A sampling only! For many more fine restaurants visit www.montereyinfo.org


Carmel Valley

      • Baja Cantina, 7166 Carmel Valley Road, 831-625-2252 (Mexican)
      • Wagon Wheel Coffee Shop, 7156 Carmel Valley Rd, 831.625.8878 (Breakfast)
      • Will's Fargo, 16 East Carmel Valley Road, or 831.659-2774 (American)

Big Sur

Pacific Grove


Pebble Beach