Monterey Bay, California, USA

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Monterey Bay, California, USA

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Northern California's marine wonderland

Offering everything you think of when you imagine coastal California living, Monterey Bay is an ocean lover's dream. From stunning sunsets over sandy beaches, to marine wildlife encounters and whale watching, this picturesque Pacific inlet south of San Francisco has it all. Whether you prefer the city life of Santa Cruz or a secluded stretch of coastline, there's a perfect Monterey Bay vacation rental for you. Even better, the temperatures are comfortable year round, making it the ideal place for soaking up the sun and getting a much-needed dose of fresh air.

Unleash your inner marine biologist at Monterey Bay

If you want to be up close and personal with some friendly marine life, it doesn't get much better than this. A Monterey Bay vacation rental puts you on the doorstep of 6 marine protected areas, offering all the ocean encounters you could want. If you prefer to stay on land, settle into one of the countless sandy beaches lining the coast for some top-notch sunset viewing and whale watching. Be sure to save some time to explore the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife of Cannery Row, made famous by the stories of John Steinbeck.

From animal encounters to picture-perfect coastline

You can't escape the marine life at Monterey Bay, whether you prefer it live in the form of whales frolicking off the shores or safely behind glass at the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. For wildlife of a non-marine variety, head to Monterey Zoo or the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. History buffs will love exploring California's Mission Trail, Fisherman's Wharf, and the historic Cannery Row. For Instagram-worthy sunsets and jaw-dropping views, take a trip along scenic 17 Mile Drive. If you still have energy after all that, there are also 20 world-class golf courses in the area.

Pack a cozy sweater for the cool sea breezes

Thanks to its sheltered position and saltwater breezes, Monterey Bay enjoys a mild climate with only moderate temperature swings throughout the year. The highs are only near 70 in the warmest summer months of June to August, and just slightly lower in the winter, averaging around 57 in the coldest months of December to February. You'll see some rainfall between October and April, but almost none the rest of the year (though the fog rolls in sometimes in summer). You'll want a sweater year round at your Monterey Bay vacation rental to fully enjoy the amazing sunsets.

Underground caves and sea life galore

Monterey Bay is home to countless species of marine mammals, including harbor seals, elephant seals, sea otters, and bottlenose dolphins, along with several varieties of fish, sharks, and sea turtles. The bay is on the migratory path of humpback and gray whales, which attract killer whales on the hunt. Monterey Bay is also home to Monterey Canyon, one of the world's largest underwater caves, as well as kelp forests. The coastlines are dotted with sandy beaches from top to bottom, with some rocky outcroppings in between, making for crashing Pacific waves.