Attractions — Best of The Bay

Photo courtesy Douglas Steakley. By Greg Archer Photo courtesy gettyimages.com/tupungato Landscape painter Francis McComas once referred to this coastal locale as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” To be sure, few Central Coast spots compare to the stunning variety of sea creatures, hiking, diving, and whale and dolphin sightings that can be experienced here. Between the …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Attractions — The Big Small

By Elizabeth Limbach Ethereal, sunset-hued jellyfish drifting mesmerizingly in the current. Adorable sea otters intent on cracking clams open with a rock. Leopard sharks cruising through a towering kelp forest. Such are the jaw-dropping displays that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is famous for. Understandably, these flagship animals are so striking that visitors tend to beeline for them, overlooking anything else …

Bixby Bridge

Attractions — Bixby Bridge

Photo courtesy Callum Snape. At 86 years old, Bixby Bridge is more than a historic gateway to Big Sur; it is one of the most photographed landmarks in Monterey County, gracefully spanning 714 feet across a deep and wild canyon along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, suspending drivers and pedestrians 280 feet in the air. Named after intrepid New York …

Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance

Attractions — Speed and Splendor

By Matt Jaffe For 10 days every August, the Monterey Peninsula becomes the center of the automotive universe. The peninsula certainly isn’t a manufacturing hub, like Detroit; Stuttgart, Germany; or Maranello, Italy, the home of Ferrari. But for anyone fascinated with historic automobiles and automotive design as high art, nothing compares to Monterey Car Week. This engaging series of events …