- While many residents live in Salinas, close by to the hospital, we have several other beautiful cities nearby where some of our residents choose to live. Each city has its own special qualities - and activities to enjoy! Here’s a closer look at what this area has to offer.
Click on the thumbnail to view this video clip of the local Monterey Bay area.
Old Town Salinas
Salinas is a Central Coast town located just Northeast of the beautiful Monterey Bay. It is the major financial, governmental and agricultural center of Monterey County, but still has the feel of a rural community. Its nickname is “The Salad Bowl of the World.” Salinas is also the birthplace of the famous author John Steinbeck.
Seals at play in Monterey Bay
Monterey has a temperate climate, world-class golf courses, and numerous art and music festivals which provide a relaxing way to spend your free week-ends! Extensive coastal trails are ideal for biking and rollerblading - or just stroll along the waterfront, enjoying the sea lions romp and watching for whales. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an added “gem.”
Waves breaking in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is about 45 minutes Northwest of Salinas. The eclectic city of Santa Cruz is famous for its Beach Boardwalk and “Banana Slug” UC mascot. Residents who like surfing, hiking and a “laid-back” atmosphere are especially drawn to this town.
Golf Greens in Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach is a small coastal resort destination, famous for its golf courses.
Carmel by the Sea
Carmel by the Sea is like a European village in the middle of California and offers unique shops and fine dining. For a more relaxed afternoon, grab a cup of coffee and stroll down the white sand beach.
Pacific Coast in Big Sur
Big Sur / Highway 1
Coastal Highway (HWY 1) Is one of the most scenic drives in California. The Big Sur Coast Highway hugs the Pacific coast, from Carmel-by-the-Sea and winds south to Los Padres National Forest. Residents have great opportunities for hiking and camping in several State parks along the way. The historic Hearst Castle is along this drive, and is a great place to visit!
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