The Getties — as in “getaways” — are our selections for best places to stay, best places to eat and best things to do in various categories and regions. These picks have been selected by our team, our regional editors and award-winning writers. This time we’re homing in the gorgeous swath of land that encompasses Monterey and its surrounding municipalities — including Carmel-by-the-Sea, of course — down to Big Sur. Known the world-over for its beauty, California’s Central Coast is also lauded for its farm-fresh and innovative cuisine, as well as its wide assortment (read: not just expensive) of remarkable lodging options. Consider this your fail-safe guide to the region. . We hope you will use and share these professionally curated "Best of" lists for your next Monterey Peninsula adventure. Please let them serve as guides to making the most of your Monterey Peninsula experience. Live like a local!
Best Restaurants in Monterey Peninsula
We’ve done the research for you from Big Sur to Monterey on where to get the best breakfast, lunch, dinner, clam chowder (cause, yea, Monterey is famous for delicious clam chowder) and dining with a view.
Best Hotels in the Monterey Peninsula
Looking for the most romantic, most luxurious, best value, best places to take a group (wedding, family reunions or just a well deserved girls trip?) And speaking of well-deserved respites, we’ve also curated the best wellness hotels in Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur.
Best Things to Do in Monterey Peninsula
From visiting the internationally famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, whale watching, food tours and hikes, we’ve done the research for you for Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur.