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Relax Beachside at Monterey Tides Hotel

Relax Beachside at Monterey Tides Hotel

The Monterey Tides Beach Hotel is the lovely location to stay while relaxing for a weekend in Monterey. It has a prime beachside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has also been used for some “Big Little Lies” TV series scenes. I had the intro song to the show stuck in my head the whole weekend, and kept turning my head thinking I might catch a glimpse of the Monterey Five. We were visiting for a bachelorette party, and this was place to relax with beach, wine, and spa.

From this hotel it’s a quick ride to Cannery Row and to downtown Carmel. There are also some great places to go for a day at the spa, like Refuge, a thermal spa experience that might call “aggressive relaxation.” That someone is my friend, because you are expected to be silent while inside the spa zone.

Monterey Tides Hotel isn’t 5 star, it’s a bit dated and worn on the outside from the salty sea air. It was originally built in 1969, and although it was renovated in 2017, it still has a dated appearance. The rooms are nice enough, but a bit drab and dated. Even though the hotel needs a little more love, from our room you looked out over the expansive Pacific Ocean, and for me personally, that can make any location 5 star quality. Especially since we could hear the sound of the waves lapping as they lulled us to sleep. I thought it was quite magical being here. Looking out the window every morning made me incredibly happy.

The lobby, bar, and restaurant are quite beautiful and very affordable considering the supreme location. Breakfast was about $12-15 a plate, and dinner around $22-$28.


It’s a quick jaunt to the beach from the hotel, just out the door and down the steps. We spent both late afternoons here enjoying the lucky 80 degree weather.


There is also a pool you can relax at, we went here for a bit, then retreated back to the beach where the real views are.


It’s legal to have beach bonfires on the beach here. There is a lot of ash on the beach during the day (no fire pits). By night, it’s quite lovely being able to dig a hole in the sand and start a fire next to the ocean. We spent Saturday night under the dark skies chatting about life with the smell of salty sea air and camp fire, and the taste of Chardonnay.

Note: Monterey Tides has bundles of wood you can purchase.



Cannery Row: This downtown area of Monterey was once a thriving sardine cannery that collapsed after World War II. It was revived from ruin in 1976 and transformed into a beautiful historical destination with shops and restaurants.

Monterey Aquarium: This aquarium is a window to marine life. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. A great place for adults and kids alike.

Downtown Carmel: This quaint little downtown has farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries, wine tasting rooms and more.

Refuge Spa: A spa is known for its thermal cycle, including hot and cold pools, saunas, and eucalyptus steam rooms. Come here for a massage or just to meditate in silence among the trees in this refuge of relaxation.

Point Lobos State National Reserve: This beautiful National Reserve is populated with rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea.

I would happily stay at Monterey Tides Hotel again and explore more of what Monterey has to offer!

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