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Pacific GroveUnited States of America

Soak up the old-style charm of this small seaside city, which is famed for the monarch butterflies that stop here on their great migrations.

Visiting Pacific Grove is like taking a delightful step back in time. Once a summer retreat for church groups, today it still emanates a sense of tranquility. Victorian houses dot the 2.5-square-mile (6.5-square-kilometer) city, deer wander through the streets and, in fall, the skies fill with thousands of monarch butterflies. Amble along the pretty streets, walk along the seafront boulevard and search for wildlife in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Pacific Grove is best enjoyed on foot, so put on your most comfortable footwear and stroll in the sunshine. Walk along the 3-mile-long (5-kilometer) Ocean View Boulevard, a cliff-top promenade where you can spot plants and dozens of species of birds. Sit on one of the benches and enjoy the views of Monterey Bay. Spend some time in the pretty little Marine Gardens Park.

Walk to the end of the boulevard, marked by the Point Pinos Lighthouse. Famed as one of the oldest continually operating lighthouses in the country, it has guided ships to safety with its 50,000-candlepower beacon since the mid-1800s. Visit the interesting little museum inside the lighthouse.

Pacific Grove is perched on the edge of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a haven for wildlife and nature. Venture to Lovers Point to glimpse sea otters diving for abalone. Go rock-pooling to spot crabs, starfish and limpets.

In autumn, the skies above Pacific Grove fill with tens of thousands of orange-and-black monarch butterflies as they pass through on one of the world’s most astounding migrations. See them hanging in great bunches from eucalyptus trees in Monarch Grove Sanctuary and George Washington Park. To learn more about the region’s nature, visit the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.

Pacific Grove is 42 miles (67 kilometers) south of Santa Cruz and 113 miles (181 kilometers) south of San Francisco. Navigate this tiny city easily on foot or by bicycle.

Top Hotels in Pacific Grove

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
3 out of 5
1150 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is $129 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Grove Golf Links and 17-Mile Drive. Monterey Bay and Lovers Point are also within 1 ...

3.9/5Good! (977 reviews)

"The best part about this hotel is that it's at walking distance from Asilomar State Beach. We just walked there and spend the most wonderful afternoon at the beach. We stayed at the cottages which is just a oversized room with a king bed and a sofa bed. The room is nice with high ceilings but the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
Monterey Peninsula Inn
Monterey Peninsula Inn
2.5 out of 5
1101 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is $98 per night

Situated in Pacific Grove, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 17-Mile Drive and Monterey Bay. Cannery Row and Lovers Point are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"We liked everything, but the curtain of our room. It was all shredded on the top."…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Monterey Peninsula Inn
Sunset Inn
Sunset Inn
2.5 out of 5
133 Asilomar Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is $149 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oceanview Boulevard and 17-Mile Drive. Monterey Bay and Lovers Point are also within 1 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)

"It's a lovely place. We stay every year for our anniversary. The manager is so nice and vert accommodating. Can't wait to go back."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Sunset Inn

Popular places to visit in Pacific Grove

Lovers Point
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Lovers Point

4.5/5(792 reviews)

Enjoy a day of sun and surf at this beautiful beach, which is one of the few places on the U.S. west coast where you can watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean.

Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary
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Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary

4/5(2 reviews)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary and enjoy the golf courses in Pacific Grove. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the seafood restaurants while you're in the area.

Point Pinos Lighthouse
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Point Pinos Lighthouse

4.5/5(287 reviews)

Experience a piece of American maritime history with a tour of one of the oldest lighthouses on the West Coast. 

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

5/5(1 review)

Step into a field guide to the Californian Central Coast, packed with local birdlife, marine life and Native American culture. 

Oceanview Boulevard
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Oceanview Boulevard

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Oceanview Boulevard during your travels in Pacific Grove? Wander the seaside in this romantic area.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

4.5/5(1,731 reviews)

Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find a spectacular window into life both above and below the waves.

Top things to do in Pacific Grove

4 Hour Summer Whale Watch - Sightings Guaranteed
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4 Hour Summer Whale Watch - Sightings Guaranteed

$75
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

$40
Per adult
Scenic 17 Mile Drive Self-Guided Driving Tour
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Scenic 17 Mile Drive Self-Guided Driving Tour

$8
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
California Coastline: Monterey & Carmel
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California Coastline: Monterey & Carmel

$105
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
1-Hour Sea Car Tour
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1-Hour Sea Car Tour

$65
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket

$9
Per adult

Reviews of Pacific Grove

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May 26, 2020

We love Pacific Grove. Beautiful beach town that we love coming to often.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

The area itself and the things to do were awesome just Beware of the locals and realize that they don't like you and just be careful of them are nice some are really mean

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

Would be coming back again for future trips

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Nice little town we have visited often over the years

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

My favorite location on peninsula.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Pacific Grove has some very nice spots, but in a limited visit more time was spent in Monterey and Carmel.

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