Key Monterey – Your Only Monthly Visitors Guide to Monterey Peninsula!

Expect to be delighted, awed, entertained, and refreshed during your stay. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, the variety of things to do and see, places to eat and shop, cultural events, recreational activities – even relaxing day spas and retreats – accommodates your budget, desire and sense of adventure.

Each community offers a unique experience. In fact, many of the country’s top tourist destinations are located on the Peninsula. Few places in the world provide such a diverse range of activities. While enjoying the luxury of world-class hotels and restaurants or the comfort of a bed and breakfast and village cafe, make time to explore – do and see as much as you can.

Enjoy your visit to our special area. Take KEY with you as you sightsee. Refer to the maps and event listings. Stop in to the featured stores, restaurants, attractions, and galleries. Finally, take KEY home to help you plan your next visit to the Monterey Peninsula.

Dane Riggenbach


There are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic, yet so quaint and picturesque as Carmel-by-th-Sea. Situated on the Bay of Carmel in this world-renowned scenic environment, visitors can immerse themselves in the incredible beauty and mesmerizing charm of Carmel’s unique brand of enchantment. Nestled in a pine forest above a spectacular white-sand beach, the one-square-mile village of Carmel offers endless vacation and cultural opportunities within an ecologically harmonious setting.


Carmel is a community rich in the history and traditions of early California. Carmel’s Bohemian founders fought to maintain the outdoor mystique and small-town appeal and their efforts are still evident today. The residential district has no sidewalks or street lights, and the beach is unadulterated by commercial development. Homes are known only by name and have no street addresses.

Diverse sights and activities await visitors to Carmel who can easily set their own pace taking life as energetically or as leisurely as they desire. Within the village, visitors can relax, unwind and enjoy the peaceful, European ambience where they are free to stroll through winding streets and explore secluded courtyards and arcades. Highlighted by over 90 art studios and galleries, numerous antique shops, hundreds of boutiques and small intimate cafes and restaurants, Carmel promises hours of discovery.

missionSince the turn of the century, Carmel has been a mecca for artists, writers, actors and playwrights intent on creating an intellectual and cultural oasis. Each year, visitors are drawn to the diverse festivals and events created to promote and enhance the creative traditions of Carmel. The annual Carmel Art Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, and the Carmel Shakespeare Festival are just a sampling of events presented by professional artists, actors and musicians from Carmel and around the world.

The Sunset Community and Cultural Center, located on San Carlos Avenue between 8th and 10th, is the heart of Carmel’s cultural life. It’s newly renovated, award winning, state-of-the-art, 718 seat Sunset Theater is home to the Carmel Bach Festival, the Monterey Symphony Orchestra, the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz at Sunset series and many other eclectic groups. The Sunset Center presents the annual Performance Carmel series – nine performances throughout the year featuring some of the best touring music, theater, dance and comedic attractions.

The Outdoor Forest Theatre, the Pacific Repertory Theatre, and other local theaters have a rich tradition of quality performances in unique venues. Also take a tour of the Carmel Mission and the Robinson Jeffers Tor House.

Visitor Information Center is located on San Carlos between 5th & 6th, next to the Hog’s Breath Inn.

Call 1-800-550-4333 or visit the chamber website at

Article by Carmel Chamber of Commerce Used with permission.

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Beautiful Monterey—a city rich with history, natural beauty and attractions. Monterey offers a wealth of things to see and do: Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, historic adobes, city parks, walking trails and, of course, lots of shopping opportunities.

seaottersHome to explorers, traders, military and religious leaders and fishermen of all nationalities, Monterey boasts a rich and diverse history. You can learn much about Monterey’s colorful past by visiting the historic museums in Colton Hall, the Pacific House and the new Maritime Museum. Journey back in time to 19th century Monterey by taking a walking tour of the many historic adobes and buildings (see Monterey Map). Guided tours are available in Larkin House, Stevenson House, Casa Soberanes and Cooper -Molera. Self-guided tours are available in the Pacific House, the Custom House, Colton Hall and many of Monterey’s other historic sites.

monterey capital houseThe Monterey Bay harbor provides many more things to do and see: Scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, whale watching tours, boating, tidepooling, diving, beachcombing or sunbathing. Enjoy the restaurants and shops at Fisherman’s Wharf. Visit the Coast Guard Pier and talk with the sea lions and sea otters. Walk the Recreation Trail to enjoy Monterey’s stunning view of the Pacific Ocean.

Shopping in Monterey is always a delight. Known for its shops, boutiques and specialty stores, Monterey maintains a tradition of quality at reasonable prices. You can shop downtown, on the Wharf or on Cannery Row and find bargains and delightful treasures everywhere.

Take the kids to “Dennis The Menace Park,” which was designed by the cartoonist, Hank Ketchum. This city-owned park is surrounded by El Estero Lake, and is a great place to take the kids. There is no admission charge. The park boasts swings, slides and a myriad of creative things to do to keep your children busy and happy for hours. You can rent a paddle-wheel boat and just “cruise the water” if that’s your pleasure.

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