Monterey County is always an excellent getaway for any traveler, and with spring on the horizon, the timing for a visit could not be any better. Take full advantage of the spring season in Monterey as the sun starts to emerge, wildflowers begin to bloom and events take center stage.

Wild Flowers

Toro Park, Salinas

In springtime, Monterey County is wild flowers ranging from the vibrant purple carpet on Pacific Grove’s rocky coastline, orange poppies at Garrapata State Park in Big Sur and the periwinkle lupine at Toro Park in Salinas. Click here to learn more about the top places to see wildflowers.

Spring Outdoor Activities

Salinas River State Beach, Moss Landing

Enjoy the great outdoors in Monterey County where you can kayak, hike, para-glide and bike all in one day! Savor the warmer temps and longer days while otter watching at the Elkhorn Slough, biking along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, horseback riding along the sandy beaches of Salinas River State Beach and hiking amongst lush foliage in Carmel Valley.

Deep Ocean Adventures

Whale tail in the Monterey Bay

Go above and below the big blue sea! Book a whale watching tour to scout out gray whales, killer whales and dolphins or choose to stay indoors by exploring underwater creatures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


Marina State Beach

Spring is easily the best season to take full advantage of the Monterey Peninsula’s expansive sandy coastline. Unlike summer, where fog is typical, spring is often sunny and offers up for warm sunny beach days perfect for catching some rays and much needed Vitamin D. Lovers Point is perfect for picnics and tide pooling, Carmel Beach is prime for sunset dates while Marina State Beach is a favorite for hang-gliding and surfing. Click here to see our list of “Undiscovered Beaches."

Spring Events

IMSA Races WeatherTech Raceway

There’s no shortage of events once April and May roll around where there is truly an event for everyone! Fine diners can rejoice at epic food and wine soirées like Winemakers’ Celebration. Fitness and outdoor enthusiasts will find the Big Sur International Marathon and the Sea Otter Classic right up their alley. If you have a need for speed you won’t want to miss the Motul Course de Monterey (IMSA) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Plus, don't miss out on the West Coast's premier epicurean lifestyle event, Pebble Beach Food and Wine (April 4-7,2024). Over four days, indulge in wine tastings, cooking demos, and exclusive dining experiences set against one of the world's most picturesque coastlines.