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Old Monterey is a welcoming, walkable area with convenient options for restaurants and bars. Take in the natural beauty of the beaches and sea views—or broaden your horizons with some local aquarium and live music.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Aquarium is fantastic, but it helps to do a bit of crowd management. Summer is the high season, as pretty much everyone who visits Monterey stops by to see the jellyfish. Octobers are a nice time to come, especially on Wednesdays, when you’ll be fairly unhurried.