An RV vacation to Monterey, California is great any time of year, but winter is really perfect. Besides Monterey being a lovely and serene place, outdoor recreation is marvelous and nature shows its beautiful side.
You could say that Monterey and nearby Big Sur have picture-postcard beauty, and you would be spot on! There are plenty of sights to see, so bring along your bike, your hiking boots, and your camera gear. You have a wide choice in RV campgrounds so you can settle in and have a comfortable home base.
Anyone coming to Monterey needs to put the Monterey Bay Aquarium on their list to see. It’s the pinnacle of attractions in the area to view fascinating marine life, such as a giant Pacific octopus, sea otters, and sea horses. Ride in a submersible craft and sink down into the watery depths to view deep-sea creatures. Catch the daily shows and learn about ocean life – facts you never before knew!
Whether or not you’ve ever read John Steinbeck, you will learn a lot of history by visiting Cannery Row. In Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, he made this waterfront famous. You will also want to visit the Old Fisherman’s Wharf and fit in whale watching. You could also charter a fishing expedition. Dine, shop, and browse — there really is a lot to see!
Coming up a little later in January is the Whalefest Monterey which will be held on Old Fisherman’s Wharf. Recently hundreds of dolphins, humpback whales, and orcas have come to Monterey Bay to feast on anchovies. Whale watchers are in seventh heaven with this special experience and you will be too. And, of course, there are many exhibits and educational opportunities during the Whalefest Monterey. The kids will love attending, but the adults won’t want to miss a second either!
There are a wide variety of other things to do outdoors in the area. You can hike the trails in Toro Park or Lake San Antonio. Boating is also great at Lake San Antonio. Biking trails are fun at Laguna Seca Recreation Area with miles of bike trails. Take a wonderful drive in your RV on the 17 Mile Drive for expansive scenic views.
Naturally, you can’t miss Big Sur which is so close by. Drive on this memorable coastal highway. The views are thrilling, to say the least. If you are lucky, you’ll spot a rare California condor with its wide wing span soaring over the crashing waves. This section of coast is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that stretches along the coast for 276 miles.
Sea otters live in this region and thrive. They are able to find the 15 pounds of food they need to survive each day. In the 1930s sea otters had almost vanished, but from a small group of sea otters along the Big Sur coast they increased in numbers until they have reached more than 2,000 currently.
Learn more about the life along the Monterey and Big Sur coast. Come and visit on your next RV vacation!