This is an image of the coastline in Big Sur. The waves are a brilliant turquoise blue set against the bright oranges, greens, browns and yellow of the rocky cliffs at golden hour.

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From the dramatic panoramas of the Big Sur coastline to the fairytale cottages of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County is a truly inspired California getaway. A visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and a trip through time on historic Cannery Row merely scratch the surface of things to do on California's central coast. Browse a full calendar of year-round events, discover the abundant wildlife of the Monterey Bay, play an unforgettable round of golf or dine on the local bounty of the region at exceptional restaurants, complete with award-winning wine.

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