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Monterey Bay Inn-to-Inn Hiking

Journey light and comfortably from Santa Cruz to Monterey, traversing serene beaches and wildlife-rich trails, complemented by cozy seaside stays each night.
Starting point
Santa Cruz
Finish point
Monterey
Duration
6 days / 5 nights
Tour type
Inn-to-Inn
State
California
Season
All year round
Technical level
Easy trails, without bigger steeps or rough sections
Fitness level
Suitable for most who enjoy an occasional hike
Price
From: 1,380$/person

Traverse iconic Santa Cruz Boardwalk and historic Monterey

Enjoy leisurely walks along pristine beaches and scenic coastal trails of Monterey Bay

Awaken in a new charming coastal hotel or B&B each morning

Experience the majestic marine life of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, from playful sea otters to migrating whales

Explore diverse landscapes, from vibrant towns to tranquil dunes

Delight in the serenity of less-traveled paths, offering intimate encounters with the bay’s breathtaking scenery

Sunset view of the Pacific Ocean rugged coastline, Santa Cruz, California; Santa Cruz surfing museum in the background

Begin with cliffside sunsets by historic beacons

Beach & Building on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, USA

Stroll by bays of turquoise hues and vibrant flora

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA, USA - JULY 3, 2019: Manresa Uplands State Beach

Trace sandy shores where each step fades into mist

Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California at sunset

End your day with twilight hues at ocean's edge

Scenic Monterey coast, beautiful California coastline, Pacific Grove, Monterey, California, USA

Hike where cypress and ocean sculpt the skyline

Sunset image of Moss Landing Harbor and natural gas power plant, with harbor seals and seagulls on a protected beach,

Witness day's end with sky-painting birds in flight

Sunset from Marina Dunes Park

Follow footprints on dunes kissed by sunset light

sunset over the sea

Walk floral paths above lively Monterey sands

Monterey Aerial Shots

Soar above Monterey's marina, where sea meets shore

Sunset view of the Pacific Ocean rugged coastline, Santa Cruz, California; Santa Cruz surfing museum in the background
Beach & Building on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, USA
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA, USA - JULY 3, 2019: Manresa Uplands State Beach
Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz, California at sunset
Scenic Monterey coast, beautiful California coastline, Pacific Grove, Monterey, California, USA
Sunset image of Moss Landing Harbor and natural gas power plant, with harbor seals and seagulls on a protected beach,
Sunset from Marina Dunes Park
sunset over the sea
Monterey Aerial Shots

Self guided

Included in price

5x accommodation with breakfast in local 4-star boutique hotels or B&Bs
Tour design and organization
Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
Service and support during your hike
GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
Luggage transfer
Dinners in restaurants

Optional Extras

Airport transfers
Single supplement

Explore the picturesque Monterey Bay with this meticulously designed experience, offering an unparalleled opportunity to explore the diverse beauty of the California coast – from the vibrant streets of Santa Cruz to the historic waterfront of Monterey.

At the heart of your journey lies Monterey Bay, a marine sanctuary of unparalleled beauty. Its coastline, a harmonious blend of sandy beaches and rugged cliffs, offers hikers dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean.

The bay’s waters, teeming with marine life, present opportunities to witness the playful antics of sea otters, the graceful flight of seabirds, and, if fortune favors, the majestic breaching of whales.

Your adventure begins in the eclectic town of Santa Cruz, known for its iconic boardwalk and surf culture. As you venture south, the quaint towns of Aptos, Moss Landing, and Marina unfold before you, each with its own story and charm, before culminating in the historic city of Monterey, a jewel of California’s coast.

Understanding the importance of a hassle-free experience, we’ve ensured that the walking is easy, with minimal elevation changes. The path following coastal trails and sandy beaches invites hikers of all skill and fitness levels.

Our luggage transfer service ensures that your belongings await you at each new destination, allowing you to walk with just the essentials.

We provide GPS navigation tools and a personalized travel booklet, guiding you through each trail’s segment with ease. Whether navigating the next stretch of beach or looking for a local dining spot, these resources put the information you need at your fingertips.

After each day’s journey, retreat to the comfort of carefully selected hotels and B&Bs that offer a warm welcome and a restful night’s sleep. Additionally, our team delivers 24/7 support, ensuring that assistance is just a call away should you need it.

Join us for an unforgettable journey along one of California’s most scenic routes, where the rhythm of the waves sets the pace for a truly transformative experience.

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Things to know

Self-guided

Those who like a good adventure and limitless flexibility should go on a self-guided tour. We prepare the itinerary and book your accommodations while you enjoy the journey without our guide, being fully in charge of all the daily decisions. While you’ll have the full support of our team in case of any emergencies or concerns, a certain level of self-reliance is required.

HASSLE-FREE

We handle itineraries, accommodations, and anything else you prefer not to deal with, so you can enjoy a carefree hike.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

We are a financially protected company, fully bonded and insured, keeping your money safe and allowing you to travel with confidence.

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