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TRAVEL GUIDE: CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST

Both Monterey and Carmel have distinct personalities that separate them from the big-city vibe of nearby San Francisco. Destinations in their own right, Carmel-by-the-Sea (its official name), has cultivated a charming artsy feel, while Monterey offers one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world.


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Bernardus Lodge
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Hyatt Regency Monterey

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Carmel Valley Ranch

Carmel Valley Ranch (Carmel)
Hotel Los Gatos (Los Gatos)
Hyatt Carmel Highlands (Carmel)
La Playa Hotel (Carmel)
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (Monterey)
Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur)
Stonepine Estate (Carmel Valley)
Ventana Inn & Spa (Big Sur)


NEARBY AREAS

BIG SUR

A TOP 10 YOGA RETREAT
Esalen Institute
This exquisite institute with its annual 400 plus workshops, designed to maximize what Aldous Huxley called the "human potential," is a top-secret address for serious retreaters. The quality of its teachers, unique approach and spectacular coastal setting put Esalen in a league of its own.


A RUSTIC BIG SUR ROMANCE
Post Ranch Inn

The Post Ranch Inn is a masterful example of architecture in harmony with the environment. Not only does it provide the opportunity to commune with nature, it inspires couples to commune with one another. Here the architect has maintained the integrity of the natural landscape without sacrificing style and good taste.


PEBBLE BEACH
A LEISURELY HOT SPOT
Pebble Beach Resort
Exercise then relax, all at the same facility. The Lodge at Pebble Beach is one of the top ten golf resorts in the nation and its The Spa at Pebble Beach is sure to soothe. Whatever your preference, from swinging clubs to reaping the benefits of hot stones, you'll find something to your liking.

TRAVEL

A beach in Big Sur
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
72 Hours on the Monterey Peninsula
An artistic retreat for over 100 years, it's easy to see why the Monterery area’s craggy cliffs, scenic shores, and sandy white beaches have proved inspirational. With an interior that also boasts great golf and world-renowned wineries, there’s plenty for everyone on this peninsula.

Visit the official websites of Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur.
Top four images courtesy of Monterey County CVB, www.SeeMonterey.com.

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* Banner images courtesy of the California Travel & Tourism Commission. From left to right: Highway 101 and Central Coast; Old Monterey; Monterey Bay Aquarium.

(Updated: 03/15/13 CT)


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