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Things to do in Monterey

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The top 17 attractions in Monterey

Zoos in Monterey
Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Amazing! If you have kids, you can't miss it! The aquarium in Monterey is small but fantastic, with many interesting marine creatures. You can stroll over two floors or sit outside and see whales and marine animals in their natural habitat. Colorful and bright, in one room you'll find seahorses of all kinds, in another algae, fish, and in another, sharks. Admission is expensive ($37) but worth it. We could touch starfish and seaweed, and see all kinds of creatures!
Of Touristic Interest in Monterey
17-Mile Drive
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The famous 17 Mile Drive links the towns of Monterey, which was California's first capital back in 1821, to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where Clint Eastwood was once mayor. The latter is a small town full of million dollar villas overlooking beautiful white beaches. After a brief visit to the historic buildings of Monterey, like Colton Hall where the first constitution of California was signed and the Customs House, we strolled through the quaint Fisherman's Wharf full of seafood restaurants and stalls for sampling local cuisine like the famous crab sandwiches. From here, we took the 17 Mile Drive along lush green golf courses and pristine beaches. The map, handed out at the entrance, shows 21 points of interest where you might want to stop, among them the Lone Cypress often shrouded in fog. The road ends at Carmel-by-the-Sea, where we strolled around the many art galleries and stylish boutiques.
Bays in Monterey
Fisherman's Wharf
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I just happened to bump into this place. From San Francisco to San Diego driving down the coast we stopped off in Monterey, a rather unique and lively town, especially downtown. I bought a shirt in the Bubba Gump Restaurant, the first restaurant opened since Forrest Gump was filmed. Now there are heeeeaaaps more throughout the United States.
Beaches in Monterey
Monterey State Beach
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A fantastic beach in Monterey County, California. It reflects the American dream in all its glory. We come across this wonder at the diversion of the famous Route No. 1 all along the coast. This you cannot miss!On this beach you will see students, life-guards, people seeking tranquility, skaters, etc..
Nature Reserves in Monterey
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
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This reserve, which is a few kilometers from the town of Carmel By-the-Sea, is designed to preserve the delicate natural ecosystem of this stretch of the Pacific coast. It's a haven for many species of flora and fauna, including sea lions and the rare Monterey cypress. Several paths take you around the most beautiful area of the park, including Bird Island. The water is cold all year round, but the views of the emerald coves are breathtaking, and you'll see a large colony of seabirds and sea otters. Another interesting route is the 30 minute Cypress Grove Trail, often shrouded in fog during the summer season.
Bays in Monterey
Old Fisherman's Wharf
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As Monterey one of the coolest cities on the Californian coast, it's no surprise that Fisherman's Wharf is a great spot to go for walk in the sun. The site has its own parking, part paid and part free. There are several shops and plenty of restaurants, although you'll find some better closer to the aquarium. And here you can catch a whale-watching boat trip. And you can see Georges Birds, a man with many tropical birds for you to take a picture with (I'm not sure if this is legal or not...).
Streets in Monterey
Cannery Row
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Cannery Row is the fashion area of ​​Monterey. Here you'll find the best hotels, the aquariums, and a lot of stores and restaurants. After visiting the aquarium, it's a nice place to go for a stroll. The shops are very cute, and have everything! It's the perfect place to buy an ice cream and browse all the different stores.
Beaches in Monterey
Pfeiffer Beach
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More than any other, this beach embodies the tormented soul of Big Sur. Harsh, wild, windswept - rough and cold even in summer - with violent waves, but at the same time Pfeiffer Beach possesses an enchanting, timeless beauty. When the wind whips the white sand up, it can sting your skin. It is accessed by a road of about two miles, a little hidden, which branches off to the coast from Highway 1. The parking costs five dollars (with a bathroom available), then there is a short distance by foot. On the beach there are no kinds of services, and it is really nice to see a place still controlled by nature. Of course, swimming is not recommended. Not only is the water is freezing all year round, but the waves are often large and powerful, and the front of the beach is studded with sharp rocks.
Cities in Monterey
Monterey
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South of the city of Santa Cruz and close to the seaside town of Carmel by the Sea, Monterey Bay is a beautiful and pleasant stop on your journey along the California coast. In winter it is neglected by tourists, and is a great place to watch the migration of whales, particularly from the McAbbee Beach. The bay offers some beautiful scenery with the shimmering turquoise sea.
Safari in Monterey
Monterey Whale Watching
Seeing a whale is one of the most amazing experiences that you can have in your lifetime. If you love nature, you will remember the sights, the smells (yes, really!) and the feelings for the rest of your life. Along the pier in Monterey there are various companies offering whale watching all year round for fifty dollars (the link is referring to one of many). Thanks to its shape, the Monterey Bay is always full of sea life, so whales and dolphins can be found in every season. In short, it is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. For this reason it is really worth it. But I, to be honest, I had no particular expectations when I got on the boat. When you leave the port you are instructed by the crew about what to look out for that might help indicate where the whales are. But I wasn't feeling too hopeful, so it was really crazy to hear the scream of the crew that indicated the presence of a whale! We saw a humpback whale and her calf just a few meters away. Humpback whales are known for being very shy. Just seeing these huge animals emerge from the Atlantic was incredible and spectacular enough to remain indelibly imprinted in my memory. Not to mention the dozens of dolphins, sea lions, and cormorants. I remember it like a dream. Depending on the season - and your luck - you might also see killer whales and the great blue whales. The trip by boat takes about three hours. You are recommended to bring layers of warm clothes - it can get very cold in the boat - a cap or a hat even in August and sea sickness pills to take before embarking (seasickness could turn the trip into a nightmare!). It costs about fifty dollars, and usually if there are no sightings, you can get another trip for free or a discount. Inquire at the start. Unfortunately, the photos aren't great, but the experience was unforgettable.
Beaches in Monterey
Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach is located within the area of ​​17 Mile Drive, between Carmel and Monterey. The beach is very quiet, as it's a semi-private area, open only to locals or those who pay a fee ($10). The beach is rocky in the middle, and the blue/green sea is super transparent. It's very cold, though! The view is great, and it's a lovely place to relax, walk around, and take photos.
Markets in Monterey
Pebble Beach Market
Pebble Beach is a beach in 17 Mile Drive, a restricted area of ​​Carmel. The area can be visited, and costs $ 10 to enter. Inside there are lots of beautiful homes, plus parks, beaches and a tranquil golf course. Pebble Beach is a beautiful area, almost like a mini city with banks, shops and a small market. There are top brands, a good selection of wines and some salads to buy.
Of Touristic Interest in Monterey
The Monterey Coast
San Francisco, the gay capital of the world, is one of the most liberal cities on the planet, famous for its bridge, steep streets, tram, hills ... and of course the people, who are always happy to invite you to their parties or homes. In the surroundings you can find interesting cities like San Jose, Santa Cruz (home to one of the world's oldest rollercoasters), mountains, redwood forests, beaches for surfing ...
Nature Reserves in Monterey
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Monterey receives millions of tourists every year, almost all of whom are drawn by the rugged and spectacular stretch of coast here. While the coast is probably the main thing to see in Monterey, there's lots more going on here. One of the top tourist attractions in Monterey is the impressive marine reserve. Boat trips are one of the best things to do in Monterey and most leave from Fisherman's Wharf. Many whale or dolphin watching tours and boat cruises depart, and these can be memorable Monterey activities.

The bay is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Monterey Peninsula, along with numerous trails, Garrapata State Park, and the waterfront. Of all the monuments to visit and stuff to do in Monterey, the Cannery Row monument, Cooper-Molera Adobe, or the churches of San Carlos and Mission Basilica Cathedral should be at the top of the list. The city also has several parks which are ideal if you are traveling with children. These Monterey attractions include the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Edgewater Packing Company. The rugged coastline here is the backdrop to many of the world's most beautiful golf courses, and while not cheap or easy to arrange, they are among the best attractions in Monterey.

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