5 days
Duration
Challenging
Physicality
April-October
Dates

Santa Cruz to Monterey

Self-Guided Inn to Inn Walking Adventure Around the Monterey Bay

This is a 6 day / 5 night inn to inn walking vacation.  You will stay at oceanfront (or ocean side) lodging each night from Santa Cruz to Monterey, as you walk the entire coastline of the Monterey Bay.  The total distance will range from a minimum of 40 miles to over 50 miles, depending upon your route preference and desire to take optional hikes on your arrival and departure dates.

DISTANCE 40-50 miles
DEPART Santa Cruz
ARRIVE Monterey
IINCLUDED Unique coastal lodging each night
Five breakfasts and one lunch
Luggage transfers each day
Detailed maps and walking notes
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Day 1

Sunday – Arrive at The Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. You will have an ocean view room overlooking the Santa Cruz Wharf. Day free for exploring this vibrant beach community with several excellent coastal walks. Many excellent restaurants are nearby for dinner.

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Day 2

Monday – Walk begins after breakfast at your hotel. You’ll pick up lunch along the trail at a local cafe/deli or choose an oceanfront restaurant in Capitola right on the route. Walk 10 miles to the Aptos Seascape Resort. You’ll have an ocean view room high on the bluffs with fireplace, deck, and wet bar. Enjoy the many amenities at the resort, including a fine restaurant and bar.

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Day 3

Tuesday – Walk begins after breakfast at your hotel. You’ll pick up your lunch along the trail at small market/cafe. Walk 11 miles from Aptos Seascape Resort to Captain’s Inn in Moss Landing. You’ll cross the Pajaro River with the assistance of a local guide, if necessary. You’ll have a room at this historic B&B set in the downtown along the harbor canal with a wide variety of birdlife.

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Day 4

Wednesday – Walk begins after breakfast at the B&B. You’ll pick up your lunch before you set off at a choice of two small markets/cafes. Walk 7.5 miles from Moss Landing to Sanctuary Beach Resort. You’ll cross the Salinas River with the assistance of a local guide, if necessary. You’ll be on the dunes in a fireplace room with deck overlooking the ocean.

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Day 5

Thursday – Walk begins after breakfast delivered to your room. A custom ordered lunch will be delivered to the hotel prior to you hitting the trail. Walk 10.5 miles from Marina to Monterey, enjoying California’s newest State Park, Fort Ord Dunes. You’ll finish at Fisherman’s Wharf and walk along the shoreline to your hotel at Cannery Row, The Monterey Bay Inn or The Victorian Inn.

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Day 6

Friday – Breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy optional walks to Pacific Grove and/or Pebble Beach or enjoy the many sights of Monterey, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The price for this trip is $1,495 per person, sharing a room and bed; $1,595 with separate beds; $1,995 for your own room. The trip price includes five nights of lodging, luggage transport each day, breakfast each day, lunch on the final day, taxes, tips, and service fees. In addition, each walker will be provided an extensive trip dossier with maps, narrative directions, historical notes, and nature guides, a local guide for 24/7 telephone support, and memorable trip souvenirs. The only additional expenses most walkers incur are the cost of lunches on three of the days and dinners each night.

Cancellation Policy

All trips require a non-refundable $500 deposit per person. Once this is paid and you have been sent your tour packet, the $500 is non-refundable if you cannot come on the trip for any reason. If you notify us 60 days before the start of your trip, we will refund everything you have paid with the exception of the $500. If you notify us prior to 30 days before the trip begins, we will refund you 50% of the trip price. If you notify us within 30 days of the trip, we can only refund you 20% of the trip cost as we will have had to pay for your hotel rooms. We recommend you invest in trip insurance to compensate you for any losses. You may transfer from one trip to another up to 60 days before departure date without penalty.

Please call 831-332-7923 or email Slowadventure@icloud.com with any questions

Leisurely Option

For those that enjoy a slower pace, this trip can be arranged to spread the same walking route over 5 full days, rather than 4. Please ask!

High Season Surcharge

Many of our inns have seasonal rate adjustments that may result in a small high season surcharge ($50-$100 per person), particularly during late June, July, August, and early September.

Slow Adventure inn to inn hiking California

April 23 – April 28
April 30 – May 5
May 7 – May 12
May 21 – May 26
June 4 – June 9
June 18 – June 23
July 23 – July 28
August 6 – August 11
August 20 – August 25
September 17 – September 22
October 1 – October 6
October 15 – October 20

Tour Reviews

5 based on 6 reviews
June 12, 2016

Okay, my most important comment is that I loved the whole trip!  The hotels were wonderful–having ocean/slough views every night was a fabulous treat.  Breakfast was just right; lunch choices were great; suggestions for dinner were also terrific.  We didn’t have a mediocre meal anywhere.  The directions were clear (except for that one error on our part) and the careful planning was evident at every turn.  I loved that I didn’t have to do anything but send my check…no worrying about ANYTHING.  For someone like me, who is on overload, it was such a perfect way to relax.

November 19, 2016

You far exceeded any expectations we had and cannot thank you enough for such a GRAND adventure.  Every day was filled with absolute delights from the ocean breezes/wildlife to delicious meals (alas, I fear I did not lose an ounce!).

November 19, 2016

We have had an amazing 4 days of walking and enjoyed the unique accommodations.  Now just deciding on where to have our last dinner in California before heading home. Your attention to every detail is impressive. We will spread the Slow Adventure name to all our friends in Calgary. This has been a first class trip.

November 19, 2016

“Best solo adventure I have been on so far – completely and competently organized, and oh-so-beautiful and inspiring a walk from St. Cruz to Monterey on the beaches.” 

February 4, 2017

I did this walk with 2 friends five years ago and it remains a memorable experience. The directions proved to be exemplary; the lodging was wonderful. Most importantly, the walk along the ocean with the sea breezes and magnificant views proved to be the best stress-reducer I’ve had. I enjoyed the experience so much, I did the Bay to Bridge hike a couple of years later. Writing this review, brought back so many memories, I may just have to do the walk again, this time as a solo hiker.

February 6, 2017

Walking solo from Santa Cruz to Monterey was just what my soul needed. The only thing I had to really pay attention to was keeping the ocean to my right. (I have been on other solo journeys where I did get lost and that was scary!)
I had scorching heat and cold fog and each was special. I learned that for me, walking is a meditation that empties my mind and allows me to connect fully with nature and the wildlife surrounding me. Another day soon!

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