Pacific Grove has long been known as the Butterfly Capital of California. The
groves of trees seasonally have been filled with orange and black Monarch
butterflies, beautiful winged creatures that flutter and cling to the branches
of the trees and groves.
While migrations of butterflies have been down in
recent years, the city continues to honor them with a parade and a delightful
statue of near the Pacific Grove post office.
As a year round destination what really captivates travelers, however, are
the beaches. Overlooking the Monterey Bay, the beaches in Pacific Grove have
incredible rock formations smoothed by the winds, water and sands of time. A
paved beach path runs along the shoreline, and it is here that you find people
strolling hand in hand, walking a pet dog, riding a covered surrey bike, or
jogging for exercise.
Asilomar Beach is one of the most beautiful places to watch a sunset and as
water from the Pacific Ocean spills over the rocks, and the sun drops down
behind the rocky coast with a golden glint.
Things to see:
Point Pinos Lighthouse is locate on the Pacific Grove municipal golf
course where you can play, as long as you don't mind the occasional deer roaming
and munching on the grass lawns overlooking the ocean.
17 Mile Drive is one of the most memorable drive tours on the
California. Pacific Grove has an entrance gate to the 17 Mile Drive, which is
highly recommended for its vistas, photo opportunities, and glimpse into
spectacular golf courses and beaches. Road markers and a map you are given at
the entry gate provide all you require to find your way into the world and
lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see attraction. A world class aquarium
built right into one of the historic old Cannery buildings offers a window into
the world of the Monterey Bay.
Cannery Row shops and dining offer fun souvenirs purchases, gourmet to
affordable cuisine, and a walk that includes statues and markers providing a
history of the region.