3 Awesome Tours to Check Out This Summer in Monterey Bay

Let’s face it: There’s a lot to see in the Monterey Bay, and people travel here for a wide array of reasons. Literature lovers come here for the Steinbeck experience. Marine lovers come here for the aquarium and whale watching. Others come to see the ocean for the first time in one of the most beautiful spots in the whole world, but how can you see the best of it?

Unless you’re lucky enough to live here, you might have to face some time constraints. Check out these tour options to make the most of your time in the Monterey Bay!

Monterey Movie Tours

Photo courtesy of Monterey Movie Tours

Photo courtesy of Monterey Movie Tours

Owned and operated by Doug Lumsden, the Monterey Movie Tours has been shuttling guests around the peninsula for 20 years. This tour combines some of the most iconic scenery the bay has to offer, while showing scenes that were filmed here throughout the years.

Didn’t know Monterey filmed anything here? (Apart from Big Little Lies, that is.) That’s because Monterey is mostly used as backdrop settings for places like New Zealand and England.

Along the way, you’ll stop at places like the house used in A Summer Place, an area where Elizabeth Taylor rode a horse in National Velvet, and you’ll even make a stop at the world-famous Pebble Beach Lodge for a drink and some food (if you’d like) next to one of the most popular golf courses in the world.

Tours depart daily at 1 pm. For more information, click here.

Big Sur Tours and More

Photo courtesy of Big Sur Tours and More

Photo courtesy of Big Sur Tours and More

Featured in National Geographic and run by Dave Engelberg, Big Sur Tours and More offers van trips around the entire peninsula, down Highway 1, and even as far south as Morro Bay.

Something to be noted: These tours are all personalized, so it’s just you and whoever you bring! From there, you decide where to go and what to do. When you initially sign up, you purchase anywhere from a two-hour trip to a Hearst Castle round trip, and Dave shows you the highlights of the locations you’ve selected.

And trust me, even two hours is enough to pack in an insane amount of scenery.

For more information, click here.

Adventures by the Sea

Photo courtesy of Adventures by the Sea

Photo courtesy of Adventures by the Sea

The first item on the agenda for Adventures by the Sea is choosing a location. There are six different options, ranging from Cannery Row to Lover’s point, and they all offer a variety of outdoor options.

Interested in kayaking in the bay? Maybe even getting lucky enough to spot an otter, a dolphin, or a whale? Adventures by the Sea has you covered.

Is keeping your balance on a paddleboard more your style? They’ve got you covered there, too.

Are you more of a land dweller? Have your selection of ebikes or surreys for either yourself or the group you’re with.

Are you here for some team building exercises? Don’t worry, there’s even a scavenger hunt to build on trust and communication! Any adventure is at your hands with Adventures by the Sea.

For more information, click here.

BONUS — Something Wild Mindfulness Tour


You didn’t think a stop in Monterey would be complete without a food tour, did you?

In addition to our Old Monterey Tour, we’re also excited about our upcoming Something Wild Tour with the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio!

Our original tour takes you to historical points of interest in downtown Monterey while tasting local food, sweets, and drinks. You can read more about what to expect here.

The Something Wild Tour pairs meditation, connecting with the senses, and establishing an awareness of your surroundings as you taste food in different locations. Don’t hesitate on this one, either — spots are limited, and we’re currently only hosting one tour a month!

Click here for booking information on the Old Monterey Tour, and book for the Something Wild Tour here.

Have you tried any of these tours? Any ones that are on your list but you haven’t gotten around to yet? Let us know in the comments!