Monterey is known for its incredible opportunities for rich indulgences such as wineries, new pop- up breweries and cuisine to rival any major gastronomic location in the world. But what may be a hidden gem of this gorgeous peninsula is its incredible attunement to wellness. 

Monterey is a world class getaway for wellness activities. And here are 5 reasons why:

1. Outdoor Activities

Monterey is home to some of the best nature walks and hikes. And there’s a walk for everyone from the novice walker to the most seasoned mountaineer. Big Sur offers hikes to waterfalls such as Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and leisurely strolls to the beach at Andrew Molera State Park. And if you want to stay closer to town, Veterans Memorial Park has a set of stairs that will challenge even those in the best of shape. There is also a scenic walk along Scenic Avenue in Carmel overlooking the pristine beach and Pebble Beach in the backdrop.

Beach at Andrew Molera State Park

2. Spas

Monterey has some incredible opportunities to detox and rejuvenate. The best kept local spas are at Pebble Beach, Bernardus, and The Spa At The Plaza. In fact, the Spa At The Plaza has recently launched a brand- new cutting edge wellness program to help people understand how to heal from the inside out.

Pool Area at Bernardus Lodge & Spa

3. Healthy food

Carmel Belle in downtown Carmel has organic, fresh healthy food choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a great vegetarian option in Pacific Grove with the cool and unique name Tillie Gorts Cafe. If you’re looking for fish, you can buy fresh caught local fish at the Municipal Wharf or eat down at the wharf for local caught seafood.

Poached Eggs Over Toast at Carmel Belle

4. Yoga

Yes, this town packs a huge punch when it comes to yoga. The gorgeous scenery and lovely people draw in wonderful talent to live here and that abounds with the local yoga community. Try something new like Buti Yoga at Om Studios or meet Adarsh, the Ashtanga Yoga guru at Monterey Yoga Shala. And if you’re looking for a restorative, mellow practice you can check out Wave Street Studios on Monday nights or Stacey’s Thursday night restorative class at The Monterey Sports Center.

5. Fitness enthusiasts unite

Whether you’re a runner, rock climber, or gym rat, Monterey has you covered. The Wednesday Night Laundry Runners host group runs every single day of the week and welcome all levels to join their runs. Sanctuary Rock Gym in Sand City offers a wonderful opportunity to build muscle while brushing up on your climbing skills. And The Monterey Sports Center is a wonderful full- service gym where you can easily pick up a day pass and pump some iron.

Now you can see Monterey is much more than food and wine festivals and golf- although we’re proud of those too. Make Monterey your next destination for a wellness retreat and you will return home transformed.