When I was growing up in Corpus Christi, Texas, my hometown went by the nickname of “Sparkling City by the Sea.” It is a city situated on its namesake bay, traversed by scenic Ocean Drive, the coveted address of the city’s well-to-do. Today I live in “America’s Finest City,” San Diego, where Harbor Drive offers grand views of our beautiful bayfront.
Now, our region is being connected to yet another city on a bay with another famed drive! San Diego International Airport’s newest air route connects San Diego to Monterey, California and its celebrated bay of the same name. Allegiant Air will offer this service three times a week (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday) to Monterey Peninsula Airport.
So what’s there to do in Monterey? I was there recently and soaked up a couple of its most famous attractions:
The home of Monterey’s mansions is 17-Mile Drive along Pebble Beach, which is also the golf course resort setting of some of the most famed scenery on the California coast – including the Lone Cypress. You have to pay a fee to drive the route, but it can be rebated with a minimum purchase at certain resort shops along its winding way.
Also not to be missed in Monterey is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s well known nationally for those sustainable seafood eating guide wallet cards they produce. While there, one is treated to an undersea menagerie of vibrant life while exploring dark deep-sea exhibits and enjoying sun-bathed outdoor viewing areas. I was fortunate to be there during an otter-feeding show – what a delight!
So, in case you need a getaway to another beautiful city on a bay, remember that now there’s one just a new non-stop destination away from SDIA!
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