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Celebrate Summer Solstice 2024 in Monterey, California

As the longest day of the year graces us with its presence, Monterey, California, transforms into a haven of summer delights. The Summer Solstice, on June 21, 2024, marks the official start of the season, inviting everyone to embrace the warmth and vibrant energy that summer brings. Monterey, with its stunning coastline, charming downtown, and plethora of activities, is the perfect destination to celebrate this celestial event. 


Here are several summery things to do in Monterey this summer.

1. Explore the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Start your summer adventure with a leisurely bike ride or walk along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. Stretching 18 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south, this scenic trail offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and diverse wildlife. Pack a picnic and make a day of exploring the various beaches and parks along the way.

2. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium

No trip to Monterey is complete without a visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located on historic Cannery Row, the aquarium showcases the rich marine life of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. From mesmerizing jellyfish exhibits to playful sea otters, the aquarium provides a fascinating glimpse into the underwater world. This summer, be sure to check out the special exhibits and interactive programs designed to educate and entertain visitors of all ages.

3. Whale Watching Tours

Monterey Bay is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Summer is the perfect time to witness humpback whales, blue whales, and orcas as they migrate through the bay. Several local tour operators offer guided whale watching tours, providing an unforgettable experience to see these magnificent creatures up close. Don’t forget your camera to capture the awe-inspiring moments!

4. Enjoy a Beach Day at Carmel Beach

Just a short drive from Monterey, Carmel Beach is a picturesque spot to soak up the sun and relax by the ocean. Known for its soft white sand and stunning views of the rugged coastline, Carmel Beach is perfect for sunbathing, beachcombing, and even surfing. Bring a blanket, some snacks, and your favorite book for a perfect beach day.

5. Indulge in Local Cuisine

Monterey’s culinary scene is as vibrant as its landscape. Summer is the ideal time to savor fresh seafood, locally grown produce, and fine wines from nearby vineyards. Dine al fresco at one of the many waterfront restaurants, where you can enjoy delicious meals while taking in the stunning ocean views. Don’t miss the chance to try Monterey’s famous clam chowder or a fresh seafood platter.

6. Take a Scenic Drive Along 17-Mile Drive

For those who love scenic drives, the 17-Mile Drive offers breathtaking vistas of the Pacific coastline, iconic landmarks, and pristine golf courses. This picturesque route takes you through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, offering numerous photo opportunities and picnic spots along the way. The drive culminates at the Lone Cypress, a natural icon that has stood for over 250 years.

Stay at the Merritt House Hotel

After a day filled with summer activities, unwind at the Merritt House Hotel, located in the heart of Monterey. Our charming hotel offers comfortable accommodations, warm hospitality, and an unbeatable location just steps away from the best attractions. Book direct to take advantage of our exclusive Summer Special Rate and make your summer stay even more memorable.

Visit to book your stay and enjoy the best of Monterey this summer. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with us and create unforgettable memories in this beautiful coastal town.