The lush area of Del Rey Oaks is a great destination to escape to if you are searching for some peace and downtime. The tiny community is part of the oldest settlement in California. Del Rey Oaks gives you easy access for the slow pace of world-class golf courses, beaches, history and surf, or the adrenalin rush of adventure and loud-revving speed.
In less than two and a half hours you can have your feet in the sand near Del Rey Oaks, when road tripping from the bustle of San Francisco.
To get there, you can take the fast lane of US 101-S. That will carry you most of the drive, until you take CA-156 at Prunedale and connect with famed US-1 S in Monterey County. From US-1, take Canyon Del Rey Blvd. east from Monterey to get to Del Rey Oaks.
Of course, you also could get onto US-1 right out of Daly City in the San Francisco area, and make it a coast-hugging drive to remember. It might add around 30 minutes to your drive, but the view more than makes up for it.
Lone Oak Lodge in Monterey gives you easy access to check out Del Rey Oaks, and the surrounding Monterey County sights. Lone Oak is budget friendly, and the owners are known for their accommodating, easy-going service. The hotel is only an 11-minute walk from the beach. Pebble Beach is 6.2 miles away, and the famous Cannery Row in Monterey is 3.3 miles away.
The Best Western De Anza Inn in Monterey offers the comforts and amenities you're looking for. This hotel is modestly priced and is completely smoke-free. It's a 20-minute walk from the beach, has a seasonal outdoor pool and year-round hot tub. It's only 3.7 miles from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.
Monterey Tides is beach-side. Watch, listen and taste the salty waves from your room. Look across the hook of the bay to see the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and so much in between. It's less than four miles away, with the galleries, restaurants and shops of downtown and Cannery Row between.
For an American classic, visit The Grille on Salinas Hwy. in Monterey. It is great for breakfast and lunch with pulled pork sliders, chicken tenders and Cuban sandwiches among many delicious choices on the menu. The Grille also produces a fantastic breakfast buffet that is highly rated.
The Market on Fremont Blvd. is a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar, a white tablecloth place with big value for your dime. Expect the wine pairings to be on point, as well as the seafood, steaks and service. And don't forget to hang on for dessert. The white chocolate creme brûlée, apple cake, drunken bread pudding, and berry pie are among the favorites.
This world-famous raceway is worth the visit, whether for a scheduled event or just to take in this slice of racing history. If you're a cyclist, there are monthly twilight rides for all ages to experience pedaling Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile course.
Seventeen-Mile Drive is one of the most luxurious and scenic drives anywhere, with world-class golf clubs sprawling on both sides of the road. Enviable homes perched just above the sea line the driive, as well, with unobstructed views of the rocky shoreline and ocean that makes it a many-million dollar stretch of coast.
There is no higher rush in Monterey Bay than jumping from a perfectly solid airplane at 16,000 feet above the farmland and coast. Never plunged into the big blue yonder before? No worries. Take the tandem leap with a more than qualified instructor. Get a video and photos to save the memories.
At the end of Cannery Row, you will find the Monterey Bay Aquarium which is a huge hit for marine biologists, locals and tourists alike. With more than 600 marine species held on the site of the former sardine cannery, the aquarium attracts many of visitors each year. It has been home to great white sharks and is also one of the few aquariums to exhibit both yellowfin and bluefin tuna.
The 17-acre Frog Pond Wetland Preserve is a local treasure in Del Rey Oaks. It is a unique habitat that includes frogs, deer, hummingbirds, towhees, mallards and western fence lizards. The habitat housed in the Preserve offers great opportunities for nature study, education, recreation and inspiration. Visitors are also enjoy the surrounds of beautiful Coast Live Oak, Arroyo Willow and Monterey Pine trees.