I’m really excited to interview Chris Christensen of Amateur Traveler about Monterey, California. Chris’ tips for the best things to do in Monterey are awesome because he grew up in Monterey County, and has been traveling to Monterey for 60 years. He says that there’s no bad time to visit and you can enjoy its scenic views and incredible seafood all year long.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out See Monterey, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Monterey
Chris said the cheapest option is to fly into either San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is about an hour and forty minutes from Monterey, or San José Mineta International Airport (SJC), which is about an hour and ten minutes away from Monterey. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.
Chris says that you’ll need a car to explore all of the attractions in the Monterey area. However, when you’re in Monterey, Carmel, and other cities, it is easy to walk around. Parking is generally plentiful in each area. However, you may need to walk a bit to get to the beach since parking can be tough in Carmel on the weekends. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.
Places we talked about on the Monterey, California podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Chris Christensen about Monterey, California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Monterey, California
- Green dots = best things to do in Monterey, California
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Monterey, California
Who is Chris Christensen?
Chris is the creator of AmateurTraveler.com. Amateur Traveler is a popular online travel website that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a couple of audio podcasts and a blog. His travel podcasts were downloaded over 1.7 million times in 2022.
The Amateur Traveler is 18+ years old, and they use Amateur Traveler to teach English at Oxford University and to test English proficiency for employment with the Thailand Foreign Ministry.
Chris has won a Lowell Thomas Award, 5 NATJA awards, and a SMITTY Award from Travel+Leisure as the “best independent travel journalist.”
Here are a few of his articles and podcast episodes:
- Sailing the Greek Islands: Rent a Boat in Greece with Skipper
- Sailing in the Saronic Islands and the Peloponnese – Greece
- Armenia Road Trip
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Suzie Clark of Female Leadership Collective shares the best things to do in Canggu, Bali. In this episode, Suzie and I talk about taking a sunrise trek to Mount Batur, visiting the white sand island of Nusa Lembongan, and spending the day at a Bali beach club. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
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Related episodes for Monterey
To learn more about the area surrounding Monterey check out our episodes below: