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On your holiday to the quaint coastal towns of Carmel and Monterey, on California’s Monterey Peninsula, you can expect to find travellers blustery beaches and secluded coves, fascinating local history, indulgent eateries and boutique hotels - all underpinned with a rich cultural heritage and enduring creative vibe.
Seafaring Monterey is known across the globe for its pioneering non-profit aquarium overlooking Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which helps conserve the dense kelp forests and a vibrant marine ecosystem of seals and sea lions, dolphins and whales. On your holiday to Monterey we recommend you is just the place to board an expedition vessel led by marine biologists and scour the glittering seas for humpbacks, blue whales, long-beaked dolphins and killer whales. Every literature-loving visitor needs to You must tick off the former sardine-packing district of Cannery Row, made famous by local boy John Steinbeck and now populated with hotels, seafood restaurants and quirky boutiques. But we’d steer you towards the charming historic quarter downtown for a slice of small-town Americana, with restored and well-preserved Spanish adobe buildings and 1920s theatres like the legendary Golden State, which has played host to B.B. King and Willie Nelson.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is Monterey’s artsier and distinctly more genteel sister, with an enviable heritage as a 19th century seaside village that evolved into a bohemian mecca for famous writers and artists like Sinclair Lewis and Jack London. Today Carmel’s stately avenues are home to over 100 independent galleries and museums, and the 1920s shingled Comstock cottages - with gable roofs and stone chimneys - add to the old-world, fairytale feel of one of California’s most charming small towns. The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf hub Carmel Beach to Carmel River State Beach, while to the south of town, the whaling museum of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve offers a fascinating insight into California’s seafaring history.
El Nido Pangulasian – Philippines
Tucked away in a secluded bay of emerald waters and dramatic limestone karsts, El Nido Pangulasian in the Philippines is simply sublime. Endless stretches of pristine beaches and a marine sanctuary beneath the waves, you will see why it has been voted as the Most Beautiful Island in the World by Condé Nast Traveller. This really is an untouched, picture perfect haven just waiting to be discovered…
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