Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast

1-Night Stay with Animal Visit at Vision Quest Safari B & B in Salinas, CA, Valid for Check-In Monday–Thursday.

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Hotel at a Glance: Vision Quest Safari Bed & Breakfast

Monterey Bay is an unlikely setting for an African safari, but Vision Quest Ranch offers the closest to the real deal this side of the Atlantic. The ranch is home to the Monterey Zoological Society and provides a haven for more than 100 exotic animals, many of whom have appeared in movies and TV shows, such as Mighty Joe Young and Dr. Doolittle. The regulars here include lions, tigers, bears, mountain lions, panthers, elephants, camels, lemurs, sloths, and more, making a stay here an especially original holiday gift for animal lovers.

  • Dig into a continental breakfast each morning, delivered in a picnic basket by staff members and a hospitable elephant
  • See the animals each afternoon around 1 p.m. on a guided tour of the compound, included with this deal. You'll see big cats, bears, alligators, and a host of smaller mammals
  • Safari-style bungalows come with canvas walls and views of the surrounding mountains in Salinas Valley. You might even be able to hear the animals squawking and roaring in the compound
  • Watch elephants play in the five-acre Elephant Play Yard from the convenience of your own bungalow, depending on the unit
  • Extra perk: Some animals are also walked past the bungalows starting around 3:30 p.m., so you'll have another chance to see them out and about

Salinas, California: Charming Small Town Near Monterey Bay

Salinas' Oldtown is a slice of historic Americana, with a charming main drag lined with coffeehouses, bakeries, a wide range of restaurants, pubs, and shops. The National Steinbeck Center downtown pays homage to Salinas native and Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Exhibits include Steinbeck's personal belongings as well as private letters and notes pertaining to some of his most popular novels, such as The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice & Men, and East of Eden.

The Pacific coast is less than 20 miles away, where a string of beach towns hug the horseshoe of Monterey Bay. Spend the day shopping the upscale boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea or head to funky Santa Cruz to ride roller coasters along the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. You'd be remiss if you were in the area and didn't check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the world's premier aquariums. The center recreates several ecosystems, including a kelp forest, coral reef, sandy shores, and open sea. You'll see hundreds of animals, including a variety of sharks, dolphins, whale, otters, jellyfish, turtles, and more.

What You Get

1-night stay for two in a bungalow, valid for check-in Monday–Thursday; not valid for Friday–Sunday night stays

  • Option 1: $119 to stay in Pachyderm Palace, The Monkey Manor or The Bear's Den valley view bungalow (up to a $175 value)
  • Option 2: $145 to stay in Josef's Jungle honeymoon suite bungalow (up to a $175 value)
  • Option 3: $165 to stay in Giraffe Manor, The Big Cat House, Leopard's Lair or The Zebra Zone safari view bungalow (up to a $205 value)

Included in all options:

  • Daily public tour
  • Afternoon animal visit
  • Continental breakfast accompanied by an elephant

Policies and Fees

Book by: 3/10/14
Travel by: 4/15/14

  • Blackout dates: No blackout dates.
  • Cancellation policy & fees: 7-day cancellation notice required or fee of Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 10.5% tax not included.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Daily continental breakfast
  • On-site menagerie of animals

The Fine Print

  • Book by 3/10/14 or promo value expires
  • Travel by 4/15/14
  • 5/person, +2 as gifts
  • 5/visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 7-day cancellation required or fee of Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in, 4+ to stay
  • Credit card required at booking/check-in
  • Must use promotional value in 1 visit
  • Not valid with reward points
  • A signed reservation form must be signed and returned to Vision Quest Ranch prior to your reservation being guaranteed
  • $25 late check-in fee after 6pm
  • 10.5% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Josef’s Jungle, The Big Cat House, Leopard’s Lair, The Zebra Zone

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Giraffe Manor, Pachyderm Palace

  • One queen bed and one full-sized futon sleeper
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 per night for each additional guest

The Monkey Manor, The Bear’s Den

  • Two full-size beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $50 for each additional guest

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 12:30 p.m.
  • Parking: free.
  • Rollaways: not available.
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available.

Getting There

  • By plane: 72 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC); 103 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • By car: 69 miles south of San Jose; 115 miles south of San Francisco

Customer Reviews

405 Ratings

beautiful animals...nice atmosphere
Jana C. · June 2, 2014
We loved the entire experience of Vision Quest. The cottages were wonderful, large, comfortable, quiet, and you felt like you were in an African wilderness. I loved the sounds of the animals at night and in the morning and having an Elephant greet you in the morning and bring breakfast was such a emotional high. We will be going to South Africa this May and visiting Vision Quest was the perfect thing to do. I simply loved it.
Nancy M. · May 24, 2014
The bungalows are nicely furnished and quiet. I loved looking out on the elephant pen.
Amanda S. · April 25, 2014
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