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Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur

Home to Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row

Monterey is a delightful place to stop before heading south along the coast road from San Francisco. Immortalised by Steinbeck, it used to be the sardine capital of the world before overfishing killed the trade in the mid 1940s. Tourists became the new sardines, the canneries transformed into shops, bars and restaurants.

Essential sights include the superb Monterey Aquarium and, close to the town centre, the scenic ‘17 Mile Drive’ which parallels the white sand beaches and seabird colonies of the forested Monterey Peninsula, finishing at the dainty, artsy town of Carmel.

Big Sur is the name given to the 75 mile magnificent stretch of highway that snakes south from Monterey between the surf and the Santa Lucia mountains.

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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur

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Ventana Inn, Big Sur Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur

Lean back and relax. This is what real holidays are all about. The Ventana Inn understands; so your poolside peace will not be disturbed by children playing, and the restaurant caters purely for adult palates. …

The Hotel Carmel Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur

Formerly The Dolphin Inn, the Hotel Carmel has been totally transformed to give a modern, seaside feel. The 27 newly-renovated guest rooms and suites are both roomy and welcoming, with cosy platform beds, luxurious pillow-top mattresses …

La Playa Carmel Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur

La Playa Hotel is based in one of California’s most illustrious neighbourhoods, and has been known for over a century as the “Grande Dame of Carmel”. Sitting amongst manicured gardens and patios in the …


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