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Pacific Grove, CA

Travel Guide
Pacific Grove

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.

Monterey Peninsula Inn
Monterey Peninsula Inn
2.5 out of 5
1101 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is $144 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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! (936 reviews)
"Close to many points of interest and beaches in Pacific Grove and Monterey area"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Monterey Peninsula Inn
Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
3 out of 5
1150 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is $241 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,132 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Near the aquarium, Cannery Row, the beach, etc. Very quiet. Will stay again in the future."

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Lighthouse Lodge And Cottages
Lovers Point Inn
Lovers Point Inn
2 out of 5
625 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA
The price is $169 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this motel is steps from Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay, and Lovers Point. 17-Mile Drive and Cannery Row are also within ...
3.4/5Good! (958 reviews)
"great location right by the beach, the building is old and outdated it's nothing like the picture on the website very misleading."

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Lovers Point Inn
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Mv6: Lover's Point Mermaid Cottage
Mv6: Lover's Point Mermaid Cottage
715 Mermaid Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA
Situated in Pacific Grove, this golf cabin is within a 5-minute walk of Oceanview Boulevard and Lovers Point. Monterey Bay and 17-Mile Drive are also within ...
Mv6: Lover's Point Mermaid Cottage
Private Cottage in Pacific Grove
Private Cottage in Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove, CA
Located in the heart of Pacific Grove, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Jameson's Classic Motorcycle Museum, Monterey Bay, and Lovers Point. 17-Mile ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (129 reviews)
Fabulous location
"We really enjoyed our stay. The cottage was very clean, had all the things you need and just enough room for the 4 of us. The location is great, very close to shopping and easily within walking distance of Lover's point. We booked and weren't sure what would be open. But it all worked out and I am ..."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Private Cottage in Pacific Grove
Oceanview Designer Beach House 2 Free Aquarium Passes License #0366
Oceanview Designer Beach House 2 Free Aquarium Passes License #0366
Pacific Grove, CA
Nestled on the beach, this Pacific Grove condo building is within a 10-minute walk of St Mary's by the Sea and Monterey Bay. Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (104 reviews)
Wonderful location.
"Loved our getaway. Great views for dinner on the deck. Easy scenic walking distance to everything. Will definitely come again."

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Oceanview Designer Beach House 2 Free Aquarium Passes License #0366
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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