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Day Trip - Monterey and Carmel

Monterey & Carmel Birdseye view

Day Trip - Monterey and Carmel


  • 70 miles southwest of San Jose


  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Cannery Row
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Pebble Beach Golf
  • Scenic 17 Mile Drive
  • Mission San Carlos Borromeo
  • Carmel Beach
  • Shopping
  • Wine Tasting and Tours


Although there’s plenty to keep you busy in San Jose, its central location makes it the perfect home base for day trips to Monterey and Carmel. Just an hour and 15 minutes southwest of downtown, Monterey’s beaches and attractions await. The shops and restaurants of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and golf on Pebble Beach are all easily accessible by car from San Jose. Monterey’s neighbor to the south is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a town as well known for its shopping, whimsically romantic homes and art galleries as it is for its former celebrity civil servant, the Honorable Mayor Clint Eastwood. The area around Carmel-by-the-Sea, known simply as Carmel, has breathtaking scenery, wonderful parks and the historic Mission San Carlos Borromeo (or Carmel Mission). Monterey County is home to 17- Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in America, which takes you past dream homes, some of the world’s greatest golf courses, long stretches of unbelievably beautiful coastline and the serene majesty of Del Monte Forest. 

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