The gorgeous county of Monterey boasts 99 miles of prime Pacific coastline, the 5,312 sq. mile National Marine Sanctuary and the nation’s top-ranked Monterey Bay Aquarium. Now, there is a new addition. Set for August 25-29, 2010, the 2010 Blue Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is a global ocean-focused event that will wet everyone’s whistle with the screening of 60+ award winning ocean films, photography and visual arts exhibits, line-up of seminars and special tribute to Jacques Yves Cousteau at 100.

For a limited time, businesses in Monterey county are celebrating this new event with outrageous discounts. Guests can easily combine an educational getaway with a wave of deals from September 1 through November 30, 2010. One participating hotel, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, is offering discounts that will step things up a notch. Draped along the Pacific with clean Mediterranean-style decor, this hotel is the only Forbes Four Star rated property in Monterey. The 290 room Cannery Row classic boasts two restaurants and gracious guestrooms perched over Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. In honor of the film festival, the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is offering a two-night escape along with a $100.00 credit that can be amply applied to the rooftop Vista Blue Spa starting at $189.00/double.

During the day, spend your time enjoying the many activities that Monterey has to offer. Go kayaking among the waves of the Pacific ocean, explore the lively tide pools, or catch a glimpse of the whales off of the coast. Whether you are staying the night or spending a few weeks, Monterey county has plenty of activities sure to please travelers of all ages.

To view the full list of “Deep Blue Deals”, including additional hotels and activities, click here.