Monterey Peninsula Travel Guide
The Monterey Peninsula, as landscape artist Francis McComas once observed, is "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world." Indeed, it is an area of stunning beauty, encompassing thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness along the Central California coast, with cypress forests and low, coastal hills, white-sand beaches, sand dunes and craggy cliffs, and nature preserves with sea lion colonies and shorebird habitats. There are fabled oceanfront greens and fairways here, and charming little towns with quaint inns and art galleries, together with mounds and mounds of California history, and fertile valleys fanning out inland to offer up one of the most varied agricultural regions in the state. There's even an Amalfi-type coastal drive along the southern end of the peninsula, with twists and turns and fabulous vistas, which fairly leaves the motorist-tourist entranced.
The Monterey Peninsula is situated at the southern end of Monterey Bay in central California, approximately 125 miles south of San Francisco, or 345 miles north of Los Angeles. The peninsula itself is roughly 35 square miles in area, largely consisting of the Del Monte Forest, a beautiful, 8,400-acre cypress forest.
The Monterey Peninsula can be reached more or less directly on Highway 1 from the north or south. An alternate route is by way of Highway 101 south to Salinas some 110 miles, then Highway 68 southwestward another 15 miles or so to the Monterey Peninsula. There is also a commercial airport at Monterey.
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