Things to Do - Monterey PIO Recommendations

Dear CAPIO Friends,

We are so excited to have our fellow PIOs joining us in our beatuiful coastal city this year for CAPIO!  Please enjoy this curated list of our favorite activities and destinations in the area.  We can't wait to see you here!

Laurie Huelga - City of Monterey
Theresa Wright - Transportation Agency for Monterey County


Whale watching tour boats – all leave from Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Princess Monterey Whale Watching, (831) 372-2203 - Whale watching tours led by scientists 

Discovery Whale Watch, (831) 372-7064, 

Chris' Fishing and Whale Watching, (831) 375-5951, 


Bike, Kayak, Paddleboard Rentals and Tours

Adventures by the Sea
299 Cannery Row
(831) 372-1807

Monterey Bay Kayaks at Monterey Beach
693 Cannery Row
(831) 373-5357



They are all good courses 
Advanced booking required


Scuba Dive
Aquarius Dive Shop
2040 Del Monte Avenue
(831) 375-1933

Other adventure sports 


For a full list of adventure options - visit the Monterey Convention and Visitors Bureau Site



Walk or jog

Monterey Bay Recreational Trail – through Pacific Grove and Monterey

Point Lobos State Park in Carmel 



Jack’s Peak Park hike – for views of the whole bay 

Fort Ord National Monument for hiking or biking 

Sobranes hike at Garrapata, Big Sur 

For families with young kids – Dennis the Menace Playground is walking distance from the hotel 

More family activities 

Spotting wildlife 



Art Galleries

Monterey Museum of Art


Art Galleries in Carmel – walking self-tour



Most large hotels including the Hyatt have good spas – Portola Hotel, Vista Blue Spa at Monterey Plaza

The Refuge, Carmel Valley


FOOD AND WINEsee restaurant list


WINE TASTING - wineries