Holidays to Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur

Holidays to Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur

Travelling along the Pacific Coast Highway? Then be sure to spend part of your holiday in the seaside towns of Carmel-by-the Sea and Monterey and stop at the many jaw-dropping lookout points on the Big Sur stretch of coastline. Incredibly scenic and distinctly charming, you’ll soon sink into a more leisurely pace when you spend a few days in these beach towns with their lighthouses, boardwalks, pebble beaches, restaurants serving clam chowder and whale watching boat trips. Our USA Travel Specialists recommend including these in any road trip along the California Coast and are here to help plan your holiday exactly as you want it!

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Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Travel Information

There are regular, direct flights from major UK airports to get to Monterey, California via San Francisco.

  • Currency: US Dollars 
  • Time difference: GMT -8 
  • Flight from UK: 14-15 hours 
  • Visa: Yes - ESTA required prior to travel 
  • Language: US English 

Hiring a car is the best way to explore Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur, and to see the incredible scenery.
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Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Activities


Holidays to Monterey County will, inevitably, involve a great deal of outdoors living, including venturing up hillsides, trekking through expanses of forest, watching the waves crash beneath the cliffs, and traversing any number of the state national parks that are located along the route. Visiting landmarks such as Ragged Point, Bixby Bridge and Point Sur State Historic Park are also popular ways to embrace this beautiful destination, and you'll no doubt want to embark upon a driving tour of the area.

Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Food & Drink


Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur all offer a unique outlook on life in Monterey County and for foodies, great places to exercise your taste buds. From quirky all-American venue Nepenthe and the Big Sur Roadhouse, to the striking views of the Lucia Lodge Restaurant, and traditional tastes of the Fernwood Resort, every taste is catered for along this magnificent stretch. Make sure you sample some of the fantastic, locally produced wine with your meal. What could be better than enjoying generous helpings, rich flavours and great company as you gaze out at the Pacific Ocean?

Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Attractions


Monterey County boasts a wide variety of largely unspoiled habitats that you'll adore exploring, including secret coves and sandy inlets, dark caves and tropical lagoons, rocky mountaintops and sheer cliff-faces, and lush redwood forests. As you can imagine, such landscapes are home to an incredible array of plants, animals and birds, including black bears, seals, condors, bald eagles, sea otters and a number of whale breeds; gray, orca and blue whales can regularly be seen offshore.

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