Monterey holidays
Holidays in Monterey

Arts and beats by the bay

Hiking trails, hidden beaches and a summer jazz festival make for a fabulous escape in this arty coastal town. The Monterey Bay Aquarium and its Giant Pacific Octopus are a huge hit with families while golfers are sure to head to the legendary Golf Links of Pebble Beach. Be sure to make a visit to Carmel-by-the-sea, though quaint in size the area more than makes up for this in character.

With beautiful boutique shops, fairytale-like architechture and delightful wine tasting-rooms, you're sure to feel right at home on your visit to Monterey. 

We fly to San Francisco daily

11 hour flight
London Heathrow
Connect from other UK airports

You can also fly from Manchester, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Belfast on one of our partner airlines.


Travelling to Monterey

Monterey is approximately 155 miles south of San Francisco International Airport. 

Welcome to Monterey County

Pebble Beach

Highway One 

We believe this itinerary is the perfect way to experience California's coast, from San Francisco down to Los Angeles. Mixing city, beach and just about everything in between on one epic road trip.

  • Spend 3 nights in San Francisco, we suggest a stay in the Fisherman's Wharf area.
  • Drive to Monterey and spend 3 nights here, indulging in the freshest seafood and sampling the region's finest wines.
  • Drive to San Luis Obispo, passing through Big Sur on your way. Be sure to stop here to witness the iconic scenery.
  • Spend 2 nights in Pismo Beach, relax on the soft white sands or rent a board and try to catch some waves.
  • Stay in Santa Barbara for 2 nights and see why some of the world's biggest stars choose to reside here.
  • Arrive in Los Angeles for your final stop and explore the endless sights and acitvities available to you. 

Sound like fun? Contact one of our sales team to start planning your Highway One adventure.

Hotels in Monterey

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Essential information for Monterey

Local Time
USA flag
American English
US Dollar $
Official currency of the United States
Flight information
San Francisco (SFO)
Direct flight
Getting around
Virgin Atlantic fly direct to San Francisco
are our main partner airline

Do I need a visa?

To travel to the USA, you will need an ESTA visa. Please make sure that you have this approved at least 3 days before you head off on holiday.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Sightseeing ideas

For those of you who prefer more water based activities, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to many species of sealife including the Giant Pacific Octopus.

Holidays you can trust

Why choose us?

Holidays are important. But with everything costing more right now, affording a holiday might feel like a world away.

We want you to know that when you’re ready to turn your dreams into reality, we’ll make sure that every penny and cent you put in is well spent. Since 1985, we’ve been helping our customers create magical moments they can keep forever. And you can be confident your dream holiday will be in safe hands too.

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We've got you covered

Book your dream holiday with confidence. We provide financial protection for our holidays with ATOL and ABTA protection, giving you peace of mind that if anything doesn’t go to plan, we’ll make sure you’re looked after.


As part of Virgin Atlantic, you can expect a seamless journey to your destination, with our fabulously faultless service at every step.

We're experts

We've been arranging holidays since 1985 and are the largest, most successful transatlantic tour operator, and market leader for travel to the USA and the Caribbean.


Our sales experts are dedicated to finding your perfect holiday, with all the insider tips and tricks you need to take your trip to the next level. Book your in-store appointment now.

We make it easy for you

From choosing your seats to pre-booking meals, our Manage my Booking portal is your one-stop-shop for all the tweaks, changes and add-ons that make your trip so special.


Once you've made it to your destination, our Resort Experts and Support Teams are on hand for any questions or concerns. Your holiday is our priority.

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