The Monterey Peninsula is situated in an area of natural beauty which rivals many of our national parks. It is comprised of several small cities and villages including Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Seaside and more.
Despite their proximity, each town had unique origins. Monterey was founded by the Spanish in 1770 and was once the center of government for all of California. Carmel started with the establishment of the mission, and was later a colony for artists and free-thinkers who fled San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Pacific Grove began as a Methodist retreat. Pebble Beach was founded as a playground for the rich and famous.
These varied origins spawned a tremendously rich and diverse local culture that is little understood by outsiders. Each town honors unique traditions and local residents work hard to preserve them. Monterey, a small bustling city with a rich history, is the hub of activity. Tourism and commercial fishing have been the foundation of the city's economy since the 19th Century. Life in Carmel is intimately tied to the natural landscape and the town is the Peninsula's focal point for the arts. Pacific Grove maintains a wholesome Small-Town America feel and remains relatively unaffected by the tourism industry. Pebble Beach is still the place for the rich and famous, especially those who play golf.
Mr. Toy has never played golf.
This visitor's guide is the place to learn what the tourist guidebooks don't tell you about visiting the Monterey Peninsula. It is given free to you as a gift from Mr. Toy, a native of Carmel. Mr. Toy knows how to get around. He knows all of the secret hideaways. He knows how to distinguish between the genuine Monterey Peninsula, and the tourist traps. Mr. Toy knows this place like it was his own home, because it is!
This doesn't mean you can throw your guidebooks away. They list some great attractions and provide useful background information. But once you've been there and done that, you'll be hungering for something more satisfying.
So grab your mouse, warm up the printer, bookmark this page on your favorite mobile device, and take this stuff on the road!