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Explore Accessible Monterey: Hotels, Attractions & Transportation Guide

Explore Accessible Monterey: Hotels, Attractions & Transportation Guide
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Explore Accessible Monterey: Hotels, Attractions & Transportation Guide

Accessible Attractions, Hotels, and Transportation in Monterey County

Introduction

Monterey County prides itself on being an inclusive destination that warmly welcomes individuals with physical or sensory challenges. With many accessible amenities and accommodations, Monterey ensures that everyone can fully enjoy the beauty and charm of this coastal paradise. Read on to learn more about some of the accessible attractions, hotels, and transportation options.

Getting Around

Whether you use a wheelchair or have another physical or sensory need, getting around Monterey County is convenient and affordable. Monterey boasts free disabled parking options as long as you display a parking placard or have a disabled license plate. 

Our regional bus system also accommodates people with accessibility challenges. All Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) routes are equipped with wheelchair lifts, so you can rest assured that exploring the area via bus is quick and easy.

Beaches & Things to Do

Carmel River State Beach

Monterey County boasts many accessible attractions for both adults and children. Read on to learn more about our favorite accessible activities!

Beaches

You may be curious to know what beaches are accessible in Monterey. The most accessible beaches are:

  1. Pfeiffer Beach at Los Padres National Park in Big Sur
  2. Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove
  3. Carmel River State Beach

These beaches boast either hard-packed sand or paved trails, disability parking, and some have beach wheelchairs available on-site. Del Monte Beach in Monterey features a wheelchair mat to provide better access.

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

One of the most exciting and accessible attractions in Monterey County is the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. This 18-mile paved trail runs along the coast from Pacific Grove to Castroville and serves as a gateway for other attractions, like Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On the Coastal Trail, you’ll find stunning ocean views, marine animals, and plenty of beach access points (hard-packed sand paths.)

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row

Both of these popular tourist hubs, made famous by John Steinbeck’s classic book Cannery Row, boast numerous wheelchair-accessible restaurants and shops that appeal to every taste and sensibility.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the most beloved tourist attractions in Monterey County, the Aquarium is accessible to people of all needs. Namely, they offer manual wheelchairs and bariatric wheelchairs available to use free of charge. They also have complimentary sensory bags, noise reduction headphones, and welcome trained service animals.

Monterey Bay Eco Tours

The Elkhorn Slough Safari Tour gives guests a one-of-a-kind experience on the El Cat, a fully electric catamaran to see the wildlife of the Elkhorn Slough. The El Cat is equipped with a ramp that is set up for a stepless entry onto the boat.

Monterey Bay Eco Tours Moss Landing

Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary

The peak time to see the Monarch Butterflies is between the months of November – January. The sanctuary is ADA accessible including accessible parking and restrooms. Get more information here.

Tatum’s Garden

Tatum’s Garden in Salinas is a fully-accessible playground. Their mission is to cultivate accessible and inclusive play.

Tipsy Putt

Play

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status – Accessible amenities and accommodations for individuals with physical or sensory challenges in Monterey County
– Free disabled parking options
– Wheelchair lifts on regional bus system routes
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 11.2: By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons – Accessible transportation options in Monterey County
– Wheelchair lifts on regional bus system routes
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all – Accessible attractions and accommodations for individuals with physical or sensory challenges in Monterey County
– Availability of manual wheelchairs and bariatric wheelchairs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
– Complimentary sensory bags and noise reduction headphones at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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