Summer Travel in Monterey Made Easy with My Trip

When are you traveling in Monterey? Whether you are planning for a 3-day weekend and a 7-day full week of summer trip you can personalize it by using Monterey Trip Planner. This helps us plan a trip based on your unique interests and preferences.  Add and share your favorite attractions, activities and things to see and do for later view.

How to Use the Trip Planner?

Step 1. Select your travel dates (You can adjust your dates at any time).

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Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you when you visit Monterey this summer? Come and stay here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, Munras Inn offers 29 charming, well appointed rooms.  Munras Inn shows in My Trip when you select for a hotel.

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More to Do this Summer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Summer is the best season to go and see the aquarium. A visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium can be a treat for the whole family. You will love the many treasures of the ocean with the latest tours and offers. Have a look at these activities that you will surely enjoy this summer.

TAKE TIME FOR A TOUR

Go behind the scenes for a more intimate look at the animals and operations.

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Insider’s Tour
Ages: 6 to adult
When: Daily
Length: 1 hour

Get an insider’s look at the Aquarium by exploring exhibits with the most seasoned guides. Through their personal stories, you’ll meet new animals and fishes, go behind the scenes with jellies, and learn about groundbreaking research.

Sea Otter Conservation Tour
Ages: 6 to adult
When: Daily
Length: 1 hour

Are sea otters your favorite animal? You aren’t alone! This tour offers a close-up look at the Sea Otter Program, which has been studying and trying to save the threatened southern sea otter for more than 30 years.

Shark Tour
Ages: 8 to adult
When: Most Wednesdays and Saturdays year-round; Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer
Length: 75 minutes

Love sharks? Join just before they open the doors to the public and discover over a dozen species of sharks, skates and rays that call the Aquarium home! You’ll even get a behind-the-scenes view of one of their largest sharks.

Family Tour
Ages: All ages
When: Weekends year-round; Daily during the summer
Length: 45 minutes

Do your kids dream about getting closer to ocean animals? Designed with their youngest visitors in mind, this group tour takes you behind the scenes with Aquarium naturalists.

Learn more and book tickets here.

UNDERWATER EXPLORERS | Special Member Pricing

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In this unique program, Monterey Bay Aquarium introduce kids ages eight to 13 to the underwater world through surface scuba diving. They will encounter amazing animals and discover the wonders of Monterey Bay while being safely guided by Aquarium dive staff in the Great Tide Pool. No experience is necessary, only a sense of adventure! They’ll run four programs a day between June 19 and September 4 (except from August 28 to August 31). Underwater Explorers is the most popular summer program and sells out quickly, so book online now!

Essentials:

Ages:
8–13 (Child’s eighth birthday must occur on or before the day of participation. No age exceptions will be made.)

When:
June 19–September 4, 2017
(except August 28–31)

Length:
90 minutes

Fees:
Underwater Explorers
$95 per person plus admission, general public
$75 per person, Aquarium members

Underwater Explorers Package
(includes t-shirt)
$119 per person plus admission, general public
$95 per person, Aquarium members

SUMMERTIME SLEEPOVERS | Special Member Pricing

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Sleep next to your favorite Aquarium exhibit this summer! Start your Sleepover experience with live music during Evenings by the Bay. When the doors close, continue to explore the Aquarium at your leisure with special programs and a light bedtime snack before you fall asleep in front of your favorite exhibit. Wake up with the fishes and enjoy a continental breakfast in the Cafe.Capture.PNG

Visit this page for more info.

EVENINGS BY THE BAY | July 1–September 2

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Monterey Bay Aquarium changed their extended summer hours this year to kick off the weekends a little early. During Evenings by the Bay this season you can linger until 8 p.m. on Fridays (July only) and Saturdays (July to September) at your favorite exhibits as you enjoy live music, beverages from a no-host bar, and delicious food. On Fridays in July only, enjoy popular Monterey Jazz Festival musicians.

On Saturdays from July to September a variety of live bands will entertain you, and you can purchase small bites from special menus created by the Aquarium’s Executive Chef, Matthew Beaudin, as well as a variety of beverages from a no-host bar.

Images source: www.montereybayaquarium.org

Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you when you visit Monterey Bay Aquarium? Come and stay here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, Munras Inn offers 29 charming, well appointed rooms.  Munras inn is about 8 min (2.2 miles) away from Monterey Bay Aquarium, via Lighthouse Ave and Foam St – Fastest route, the usual traffic.

Top 5 Tours and Attractions in Monterey Bay

There is so much to see and explore in Monterey. Whether you are in for a thrilling adventure by the sea, game for a wildlife and nature tripping, or ready for an exhilarating land activity. Monterey has it all for you.

Here are some of the top tours and attractions to try when in Monterey.

Explore the wonders of nature at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 

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Make your every trip in Monterey memorable by visiting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Explore and discover the wonders of nature with this one of a kind wildlife experience. This is the perfect tour to see the marine life not in the aquarium nor inside the window glasses, but in their natural habitat. Seals, sea lions, otters, whales, dolphins and many more are truly a sight to behold. You can go kayaking while whale watching at the same time learning the rich history of the area. Or you can just sit on the shore and observe the sea life.

You don’t have to worry about where you can get a kayak to explore the seas or a bike to enjoy the nature. Adventures by the Sea provides its visitors, locals or not, the opportunity to connect with nature, whether by sea or by land. It offers bike and kayak rentals and tours for the whole family. For your kayaking and biking needs, contact Adventures by the Sea at (831) 372-1807 or you can visit them at 299 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA. Check their website at www.adventuresbythesea.com.

Have a taste of the best wines at Monterey Wine Country

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Heads up wine lovers! Ready yourself for a jam-packed tour of wine making and wine tasting.  Take a trip to the hidden gem of wineries that is in Carmel Valley and Salinas Valley. Have a fun-filled, relaxing and educational tour at the finest wineries in California. Never miss an opportunity to learn about grapes and the ins and outs of wine making. And the best way to cap the day tour at Monterey wine country? A satisfying wine tasting, of course!

Are you ready to treat your taste buds on a full-day of fun learning and end it with wine tasting? AG Venture Tours and Consulting got you covered.  Experience superior service and unique tour packages without breaking the bank. AG Venture Tours and Consulting specializes in wine tasting, sightseeing and agricultural education. For bookings and reservations call them at 761-8463, or visit them at PO Box 2634, Monterey, California. Check their website at www.agventuretours.com for details.

Discover nature at Point Lobos State Reserve

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Gorgeous beaches, incredible views and amazing coves will greet you at Point Lobos State Reserve. It offers great trails for a nice walk or hike while contemplating on the breathtaking beauty and diversity of nature. One of its highlights is the marvellous views of seals and sea otters and some stunning coastal birds. There is so much of marine life, wildlife, flora and fauna to see. Its spectacular view with so many fun activities to do will make the trip worthwhile. Point Lobos State Reserve is a sweet escape from the busy city life.

California Legacy Tours offers an unforgettable and commendable well-planned and detailed tour. What makes this tour special is that you will be guided by the author, interpreter, historian and storyteller herself, Monica Hudson. Visit California Legacy Tours at 66 Hwy 1, Carmel, California or you can contact them at (831) 824-3304 for more details. Check their website at http://www.calegacytours.com.

Go Kayaking

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Invite your friends and family members for a thrilling and exciting kayak at Monterey. A kayak lets you get in contact with the scenic view of the beach. It allows you to be close with beautiful sea life that you can’t see if you are on the shore alone. The sea is loaded with otters and seals that will help you appreciate the beauty of the waters. Go kayaking during the time of the day when the water is calm and serene. Beginners need to have proper lesson and training before rushing to the waters.  Not to mention, you need to be safe and comfortable at the same time, so it is best if you have a life vest and gears with you.

Looking for the best one-stop-kayak shop around the area? Contact Kayak Connection. They offer kayaking rental, instruction and tours in Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. You don’t need to worry about drowning after losing control of the kayak; Kayak Connection will give you a worry-free training and lesson before braving the waters. Expert kayakers can rent their kayaks, paddles and helmets and many other kayaking needs here.  Visit Kayak Connection at 2370 Hwy One, Moss Landing, California. Contact them at (831) 724-5692 or you can check their website at www.kayakconnection.com.

Elevate your movie experience with movie tours

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This one of a kind tour lets you experience being physically there on the site where the movies were filmed at the same time seeing the clips from the movies while inside the bus. The bus will take you on a trip to Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel. The idea of travelling while learning fun facts about the movies being shown is something that is unique and fascinating. All you have to do is relax inside the bus equipped with video screens and earphones and be entertained by a revelation of interesting information. Movie aficionados will definitely appreciate this kind of tour.   Some of the most famous movies being shown are A Summer Place, National Velvet (the original version), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, My Favorite Brunette, Star Trek IV and Play Misty for Me and the Shirley Temple movie, Captain January. Even though you are not a fan of the movies, still this is a great tour to see the beauty of the Monterey peninsula. With the fantastic sites, astounding film locations and mind blowing movie trivias, this kind of tour will surely make your stay in Monterey worthwhile.

Been dying to experience this highly recommended movie tour? Don’t miss this two-tour-in-one experience when you visit Monterey. Who says learning can’t be fun and exciting? For bookings and reservations visit Monterey Movie Tour at 301 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA. You call them at (831) 372-6278. Check their website at www.montereymovietours.com for more details.

Give your Bedroom and Hotel Inspired Makeover

To sleep, perchance to dream? Take inspiration from Munras Inn nautical and modern chic look spaces. Munras Inn has renovated their Guest Rooms with great amenities that maintains its look and feel.

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This very modern and cozy feel room with a built in fire place is completely enjoyed by the guests (go to this LINK for more hotel photos). Spruce up your bedroom and hotel with these helpful ideas.

Bedroom Inspiration

Studded Uholstery

Nailheads add spark to an upholstered headboard in this cozy guest room. Blue-and-white embroidered pillows with blue cashmere throw.

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Blue Check

In the master bedroom of a California home, the small-scale pattern of C&C Milano’s Gentleman Pied de Poule on a pair of Wisteria X-base stools plays against the bold blue-and-white stripe on Restoration Hardware’s Directoire bed. Carpet by Stark.

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Shell Art

It’s a DIY shell art with two Ikea frames, blue card stock, and starfish. Once the starfish was glued onto cardstock, then cardstock to the wood back that comes with the frame.

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Hotel Room Inspiration

Color Palette |  Night of Navy, Real Red, Basic Gray

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A pair of twin beds is more convenient for guests who aren’t couples, and the symmetry you can create will give your guests double the design envy! (www.decoist.com).

Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, Munras Inn offers 29 charming, well appointed rooms.  Munras inn is about a mile away from Old Fisherman’s Wharf, 6 min (1.1 mi) via Munras Ave and Pacific St | 6 min (1.5 mi) via Cass St and Pacific St.

Of Thrill Rides and Magical Experience

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Who says you cannot get the best of both worlds? With Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk you can have a relaxing stroll by the beach or challenge the kid in you and try the thrilling rides the amusement park has to offer. With over 40 rides to choose from, kids and kids at heart will enjoy wide choices of park rides from the nerve-wracking thrill rides to family rides, down to kid-friendly rides.

Thrill seekers can try Undertow, a monstrous 50ft ride that will put you at the edge of your seat. This roller coaster-like attraction is the only spinning coaster in Northern California. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss this unique ride when you visit. Guests can also try the classic favorite roller coaster via the world-famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster. You can also try Wipeout, Fireball, Cliff Hanger and a whole lot more.
Family rides are also available for the whole family to enjoy. Freefall can be a good start for riders who are not yet ready for some serious thrills. Bumper car can also be enjoyed by the kids via the Space Race. Be ready to get wet with Logger’s Revenge, this water ride will first lift you up and watch the water splatter against you as it goes down the slope. Ghost Blaster and Haunted Castle are up for people who love some creepy adventure. For the complete list of family rides, you can visit http://www.beachboardwalk.com

Tons of activities and fun rides are also accessible for your little ones. First on the list is the Looff Carousel, this classic merry-go-round ride is every kid’s favorite, it never gets old and truly an amusement park crowd drawer. Dubbed as a National Historic Landmark and National Treasure, this ride will definitely awaken the kid in you. Ever experienced riding on a whale? Well, Bulgy the Whale is another attraction that has the right amount of thrill for kids to enjoy and be scared of. Beach Swing is another crowd darling as it gives its riders the feels of riding a classic swing while you enjoy the view of the beachfront. All these and more you will experience when you visit Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Wipe Out T1D Day

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Celebrate Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day at the Boardwalk on April 22, 2017, Saturday, on a full day of fun, all for good cause. For the price of $43.95 per person (tax included), you can Help Turn type 1 into type none.

Participants who will make advance purchases* are entitled to an all-day ride wristband, MyBoardwalk Card with 15points, good for attractions, arcades and midway games, limited edition bucket of “sand bucket”, awareness bracelet, access to VIP tent and a 10dollar JDRF donation.
For the list of event schedule and more details visit event schedule:

10am – Neptune’s Kingdom and Casino Arcade Open
11am-9pm – Rides Open
11am-3pm – VIP/Awareness Booths near Speed Bumps (Bumper Cars)
12pm-1pm – Beach Hang Out

This event is sponsored by Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for the benefit of JDRF.
*no day-of-event sales. orders are ready for pick-up at Season Pass/Group Sales office near the Main Entrance.

Todd Snider Concert

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Catch Todd Snider with the Great American Taxi live on May 11, 2017, Thursday, 7pm as they hit the roads of California in a night of fun-filled concert. Watch them perform at Boardwalk Cocoanut Grove Historic Ballroom, 400 Beach Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States. Ticket price is $35, concert starts at 7pm.

Boardwalk DeafFest

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Come and join Northern California’s Deaf Community as they celebrate Boardwalk DeafFest on May 20, 2017, Saturday. For the price of 39.95 dollars, goers get the chance to see The Rosa Lee Show* at the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove as she perform live on stage. Not only that, goers will also get an all-day ride wristband, but if you purchase by May 5, 2017, you will receive an event t-shirt* for free.

Festival Schedule:
11am-9pm – Rides Open
11am-4pm – Deaf Community Awareness Booths near Speed Bumps (Bumper Cars)
1pm & 5pm – ASL Entertainment at Neptune’s Stage with the Singing Hands Children’s Choir
7pm-8pm – LIVE Variety Show with Rosa Lee Timm* in the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove (Doors open at 6:30pm.)

*Rosa Lee show has limited seating. Event-day ticket availability not guaranteed
*event t-shirts are subjects to availability

Planning to visit Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk soon? Here’s the park schedule:
Boardwalk rides are open daily from late May to late August including weekends and holidays throughout the year. Rides are closed from December 1-25 for winter maintenance.

Park Fees and rates:
Admission is free and open for everyone. However, if you wish to ride a park attraction, you can purchase for yourself individual ride tickets or an all-day wristband. Ticket prices are as follows:
Unlimited Rides every operating day in 2017 for only $81.95 plus tax!Includes these extras: ONE (1) FREE All-Day Rides Wristband for a friend (one per season). PLUS a Bonus Book full of discounts and exclusive invites for Member-only events!

>All-Day Rides Wristband $36.95 plus tax
Unlimited rides all day long
>Rides + Attractions Combo $42.95 plus tax (reg.$48.95)

Unlimited rides all day long! PLUS $15 in Bonus Points for Attractions, Arcades, and Midway Games.

(http://www.munrasinn.com/ofthrillridesandmagicalexperience)

 

Upcoming Events on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Old Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to take in the sounds, sights and smell of Monterey. Experience the myriad of fishing and sailing, whale watching, bay cruises, great restaurants and more. But before you enjoy the local seafood and stroll, here are the upcoming events you wont want to miss.

Next Generation Jazz Festival
Mar 31 – Apr 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz, expands its boundaries, and provides opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. And now, the Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce the 47th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival, featuring the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school, and college jazz musicians and vocalists.It features the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school, and college jazz musicians and vocalists.

The free Next Generation Jazz Festival will take place in historic downtown Monterey from March 31-April 2, 2017 and will feature bassist/composer John Clayton, drummer Jeff Hamilton and pianist/composer Gerald Clayton as the 2017 Artists-In-Residence. It is the first time in the Festival’s history that a father and son have been chosen in this role. Between the three of them, they have won or recorded on 12 GRAMMY-winning albums, with an additional 21 nominations.

Learn more about the 47th Annual Next Generation Jazz Festival by clicking this link.

2016 Next Generation Jazz Festival – SF Jazz High School Allstars – Newport

Wharf Walk – Salmon Fishing on the Monterey Bay
Apr 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf Association Continues “Wharf Walks – Walking Tours at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf” on Saturday, April 1, 2017 with a focus on “Focus on Salmon Fishing in the Monterey Bay”. Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf Association continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas, who is offering monthly “Wharf Walks – Walking Tours at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf (http://www.montereywharf.com) on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – Noon.

Wharf Walks will be held on April 1st and the focus will be: “Focus on Salmon Fishing in the Monterey Bay.” Tours meet at the head of Old Fisherman’s Wharf (near the pink “Harbor House” store, #1 Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com.

The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years). Group Rates are also available.

Easter Bunny on the Wharf
Apr 1 – Apr 9, 2017
Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf

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Hop on over to the Wharf during the first two weekends in April for some Easter Bunny fun! Bring the whole family for a photo op and “meet and greet” with a giant Easter Bunny. Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf is holding a special free “Easter Bunny on the Wharf” event on two upcoming weekends, Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2nd and on Saturday and Sunday, April 8th and 9th, 2017.

The hours will be 10 am – 6 pm on April 1st and 8th and 1 pm – 6 pm on Sunday, April 2nd and 9th. Celebrate the Easter holiday on the Wharf!

Paint with Dali17

Apr 8, 2017 at 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Dali17, 5 Custom House Plaza

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Uncork your creativity and come Paint with Dali17. Paint, canvas and brushes are provided as experienced local artists Darls & Darls Fabrications lead you step by step through the process of unleashing your inner Salvador Dali.

$25 per person OR 2 people are $40, includes Museum Admission
Enjoy a free glass of Deciderio cabernet, second glass is $5

Space is limited! Purchase tickets in advance
(831) 372-2608, also available at the Museum | Kid Friendly
Dali17 is located adjaced to Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

WHERE TO STAY?

Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, Munras Inn offers 29 charming, well appointed rooms.  Munras inn is about a mile away from Old Fisherman’s Wharf, 6 min (1.1 mi) via Munras Ave and Pacific St | 6 min (1.5 mi) via Cass St and Pacific St. Book now by clicking here, or call at (831) 646-9696.  

SOURCE: www.montereywharf.com

Tips to Save Money During your Spring Travel to Monterey Bay

Have a blast in Monterey without breaking the bank. Find discounts, cheap and free things to do in Monterey as well as coupons to make your trip affordable. There is no place like the Monterey Bay during the spring! Take full advantage of this season in Monterey without spending too much.

@ 17-Mile Drive

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17-Mile Drive is a magical place and a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. You can book guided tours to the 17-Mile Drive that range from &100 to &1000, but you can also drive it yourself in this scenic road and just pay $5 gate fee. You can stop wherever you like to take pictures, watch sunset or have a picnic with your family and friends.

@ Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Admission fee is $49.95 which seems to be pricey but it is good for a whole day where you can see a lot to keep you entertained. You can purchase Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets from AAA that have a small discount, about $2, on both adult and children’s tickets. There are few discounts offered by the Aquarium on the entrance fee and it is packed with children and families on weekends.

@Cannery  Row

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Explore the history of Monterey’s fisheries with a visit to the Cannery Row Historical District, (made famous by John Steinbeck’s novels), where former sardine canning factories now house an assortment of shops, restaurants, and the popular Cannery Row Antiques Mall. Be close enough to the seaside for seal watching where you can experience for free.

@ Monterey Country Youth Museum

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Are you traveling with kids? Here is perfect place for them to work off some excess energy while you recharge. The admission fee is $8 but kids under 2 are free. This is a budget-friendly afternoon activity for the whole family.

Are you visiting Monterey County or is your family coming over for a vacation? Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay with us here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, we offer 29 charming, well appointed rooms. Munras Inn is definitely the best choice for you! Book with us now by clicking here, or call us at (831) 646-9696.  You’ll definitely enjoy great accommodation and excellent customer service.