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Showing 16-30 of 30 Nature Resorts
Explore the stunning Monterey Peninsula beaches, nature preserves, and hiking trails. Scuba diving, rock climbing, and whale watching offer unconventional options, while fishing, biking, and hiking are solid favorites! There's so much to explore that you won't know where to start!... more
A stay at The Eagle Inn puts you right on the edge of some of the most beautiful natural scenery in all of California. Not only is there the tranquil and beautiful Santa Barbara coast and beach. Nearby are both Channel Islands National Park and Los Padres National Forest, two spectacular destinations for any nature lover!... more
Wander winding trails at Seven Falls and see the natural springs and waterfalls that feed the Pacific. Cyclists will love Cabrillo Bike Path, nature lovers the Andree Clark Bird Refuge and Ty Warner Sea Center on Stearns Wharf. Done it all? Try something new and go skydiving in the open ocean air!... more
Cozy oceanfront houses, cottages, and condos separate you a wall of windows away from a breathtaking ocean view. See the sunset from your own sundeck on the crescent, white-sand beach or discover your sense of adventure surfing from your own backyard.... more
The natural geographical beauty in this area is in a category of it's own. Hiking in Big Sur, walks along all the amazing beaches or just taking a stroll through some of the areas walking paths are just a few things locals and visitors can do to enjoy nature in around the Monterey Peninsula. ... more
Runners and walkers can make it to Morro Bay at low tide, walking the soft and sea-soaked sand five miles. Water enthusiasts can surf, boogie board, and kayak the idyllic aqua waves of the open ocean.... more
Explore the beauty of nature when you visit Santa Barbara. See the brilliant colors of live butterflies at the Museum of Natural History, or visit the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Or, enjoy the stunning ocean views from local sand beaches nearby. ... more
A spectacle of nature not to be missed, the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery is truly rare opportunity to witness elephant seals in their natural environment. This colony is one of the few places in the world where elephant seals can be seen from such a short distance!... more
Enjoy the scenic beauty of California's coast when you stay at Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge. Whether you want to just walk the beach or if you'd prefer to get more ambitious and rent a kayak or go on a long hike, or even try off-roading on the nearby dunes, you can do it all! All at Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge!... more
Witness nature at its best from Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, a beautiful coastal bluff area with a wonderful, wandering bluff trail that is nothing short of breathtaking! Feet tired of beach-sand trails? Take an outback horseback-riding tour of Cambria!... more
Stroll the beach collecting treasures from the sea: sand dollars, sea shells, beach glass, and more. For those who enjoy sightseeing, the Monterey Bay offers an amazing variety. Explore amusement parks or state parks; go whale watching or hike mountain trails; visit art galleries or specialty museums – the choice is yours!... more
FogCatcher Inn sits between the California coastline and the spectacular Big Sur redwood forests. Hike the miles of nature trails along the shoreline, or explore the secluded forestland. The nearby Morro Bay National Estuary provides the unique opportunity to view a variety of bird & fish species!... more
Monterey is the best place in the nation to view a variety of marine mammals and seabirds! Monterey Bay Whale Watch offers year-round whale watching trips to observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the wandering waters. Stay dry at Garland Ranch Regional Park, where you can hike among cascading waterfalls... more
Just three miles from Pismo Lighthouse Suites sits one of California's most popular state parks: the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. This 3,600 acre area is great for off-roading with ATVs and dune buggies. The Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach.... more