Apr 20

Whale watching in Monterey Bay is the marine equivalent of going on a safari in Africa. The diversity on the Monterey Bay is pretty amazing. In addition to the whales that migrate seasonally through the area, such as humpbacks, blue whales and gray whales, many other whale species are visible throughout the year. It’s not unusual for whale watchers to spot a fin or minke whale. The rarely observed beaked whale, which dives for up to an hour at a time, has been known to make a cameo appearance, as has the occasional sperm whale.

Imagine standing on the deck of a boat with your camera, as you witness one of the most fascinating sea mammals surface the waters. Whale watching is a unique and educational experience for both adults and children.

Whale Watching in Monterey Bay 300x185 Enjoy Whale Watching in Monterey BayMonterey Bay is a popular whale watching location due to the fact that it contains the largest and most productive canyon in North America. The canyon reaches an amazing depth of 12,000 feet, allowing deep water species such as whales to migrate to and feed on the abundance of fish and squid. Other marine animals such as dolphins and sea lions can also be seen in the same area.

The whales will give you a performance of your lifetime, slapping their tails 500 feet away from the boat. They exert different motions, including slapping their fins against the water, lie on their backs, and hop vertically above water. Keep your camera and camcorder ready to catch them performing an acrobatic movement called breaching, propelling their massive body really high above the water. Sometimes they twirl around and slap the water on their way down.

Among the whales that are seen, the most commonly observed are humpback Wales. Humpback whales are very intelligent and curious animals, and often approach the boats. By law, the captain cannot move the boat until the whales have moved away.

Tips for First Time Whale Watching:

1. Best time to go is April-Nov: During the summer/fall months of April-November, you will be able to see different types of whales, including the humpback whales, minke whales, killer whales, mighty blue whales, as well as different species of dolphins. Other sea mammals also feed in the area including sea lions, seals, pelicans, sharks, and sea turtles.

2. It’s always much colder on the water than it is on land. If it looks sunny, it’s often colder because of a breeze on the bay. Weather conditions can be different than on land. It’s a good idea to wear a waterproof jacket, gloves, and even a beanie. Wear sunscreen and shades. You will be exposed to the sun since the boat is going to be out in the middle of the ocean. It’s extremely bright and sunlight will reflect off the ocean. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen! Remember, you can still get sunburn on a foggy day.

3. Take sea-sickness medication: Prepare for your whale watching excursion by taking seasickness medication at least an hour before boarding your boat. This will give the medication time to take effect and ensure that you can enjoy the whale watch without getting queasy. If you prefer to avoid medications, ginger tea or capsules can be an effective and natural anti-nausea remedy.

4. There are snack bars available on the boats, but you can also bring your own food. Wear flat, rubber-soled shoes. The deck is likely to get wet as you sail, which can be slippery and dangerous. Wear rubber-soled shoes! Do not wear leather-soled shoes, flip flops, or high heels.

5. Secure your camera or binoculars. Make sure your camera, camcorders, or binoculars have a strap.

General Prices:   $40-Adults, $27-Children

FREE for children less than 3 years of age

The Boat Tours in Monterey for Whale Watching:

The boats take you to the whale viewing area where you’ll experience the thrill of 45 ton whales surfacing near your boat. The experienced captains know how to approach these animals safely and encourage them to come closer. The tour guides, also called “naturalists” on board will entertain you with some fascinating facts about the animal’s behaviors, different species classifications, and their migration patterns. This is a great opportunity for your children to learn about the wildlife.

Many whale watching companies are open daily throughout the holiday season except Christmas Day. Some of the most famous are Monterey Bay Whale Watch, Princess Monterey Whale Watching, Randy’s Whale Watching Trips, Chris’ Whale Watching and many more.  Experience adventures on the high seas where you can participate in deep sea fishing or catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales.

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Apr 07

Colton Hall Museum: Colton Hall is the place where California became America’s thirty-first state. The place is in the Monterey. Soon after the American occupation in 1846 of what was then called Alta California, a prominent local businessman named Walter Colton was appointed as alcalde of the Monterey district. Alcalde is the local name where it is known as Chief Magistrate. During his three years’ service in this capacity, among other accomplishments he directed the construction of the first American public building in California. It was ultimately named Colton Hall in his honor. From September 1 to October 13, 1849, Colton Hall was the site of a convention to draft California’s first constitution.  Forty eight delegates had been elected from ten districts and they debated many issues. California’s eastern boundary had to be decided upon. Slavery was forbidden in the new state. After much argument, the city of San Jose was chosen as California’s first capital.

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More history

On October 13, 1849, the new constitution was signed. It was ratified by the people on November 13 and California was ready to be admitted to the Union. However, word of this then had to be sent to the American government for its approval. This was done by ship; southward along the western coasts of the continent, “around the Horn” at the tip of South America and northward through the Atlantic Ocean to Washington, DC. The trip took three months. As time-consuming and arduous as it was, it was still considered safer and more certain than any route overland at the time. The issue then had to be debated and voted on by Congress. Ultimately, on September 9, 1850, California was admitted as the Union’s 31st state under the administration of President Millard Fillmore. Of course, word of its admission then had to be sent back around the Horn, which took another three months. In the meantime, the state capital had moved to San Jose as specified in the constitution and Colton Hall was put to other uses. The local school district established a grade school there in 1873 and the building continued to serve this purpose until the school moved to larger quarters in 1897.

Today, Colton Hall is part of Monterey’s city hall complex. The first floor is occupied by the offices of the Planning and Building departments. The second floor contains the Colton Hall Museum which was established by the city in 1949, one hundred years after California’s constitution was created there. The museum is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free of charge, and a museum attendant is available for tours and information. Check out more about Colton Hall Museum and know more about California State and its formation. Read more on other attractions in the below paragraphs.

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El Estero Park: El Estero Park is centered on Lake El Estero in Monterey. The place is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. El Estero Park is full of ways for small children to play and burn off excess energy. The location is very much known for children play. The El Estero Exercise Course, which wends around the lake, is a great way to get exercise while enjoying the area’s natural beauty. So what you are waiting for. Come and check out the place where your children will definitely love it. Skaters also love the park where it is designed by local skateboarders. Anglers can fish off Lake El Estero’s fishing piers, while birders can check a few more avian species off their lists. Check out more options for entertainment in Monterey in the parks.

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Mar 23

History: Monterey, California sits over a hundred miles south of San Francisco. It’s a small quaint city of about 30,000 which anchors a larger metropolitan area including the towns of Seaside, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, and Carmel. Well known for its golf courses, seaside mansions, and outstanding coastal scenery the city got its start when a Spanish presidio and mission were established in 1770. By 1821 Monterey became the capital of the Alta California province under a newly minted Mexican republic which broke from Spain.

Monterey city 300x193 A city tour to Monterey, CaliforniaThings to Know: The Monterey State Historic Site has a number of buildings mostly concentrated around Custom House Plaza which offer self-guided tours. Pick up a brochure at the Pacific House. There is also a museum with free admission. Follow the bronze markings on the sidewalks, known as the Path of History, which takes you on a self-guided walking tour. The best way to see Monterey is with the sidewalk underfoot. Park the car and get out and walk, it’s small enough, with the exception of maybe driving to Cannery Row about .75 miles to the north. But even that’s walk able with enough time and energy and there are things to see along the way.

Monterey Sea Life: Scenic Monterey County is one of the richest ecological regions along California’s central coast, as proven by the diverse species that call it home. Sea Otters, harbor seals, and sea lions inhabit much of the stretch of the Monterey peninsula and are easily spotted from points close to shore and especially those with sheltered coves. This makes Monterey an ideal spot to view these creatures as the city is not accidentally situated in a cove within Monterey Bay. The offshore area provides federally protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in the United States and it covers a section of the ocean that extends out to sea for 30 miles and along the coast for about 276 miles. Kelp forests are the most celebrated aquatic plant life and they can grow to towering heights beneath the water’s surface.

Place to see the popular sites: Start at the Monterey State Historic Site which is just behind Portola Plaza along the waterfront. Much of the Monterey Old Town Historic District, an eclectic assortment of Spanish colonial and early Anglo-American buildings, is found within the Monterey State Historic Site. Walking the Old Town is easy because of the bronze medallions that self-guide the visitor. Known as the Path of History, these sidewalk inlayed markers can be followed or you can simply make your own path. Whatever path you choose, proceed first to Fisherman’s Wharf to get views of the ocean and often provided gratis at the entrance to various restaurants. A bit far, Old Custom House, a beautifully restored building, and one the city’s oldest, which dates from 1827. Colton Hall is also located on Pacific Street at the Civic Center and it was in this building that California’s first state constitution was written in 1849. Other honorable mentions worth a look in Monterey’s Old Town are the Larkin House known for its distinctive and eclectic Monterey colonial style. About a ten to fifteen minute walk from Colton Hall, there is famous Carmel Mission which is located about five miles south in the town of Carmel.

About midway between Cannery Row and Custom House Plaza there is the entrance to the Presidio of Monterey an active U.S. Army installation which houses the Defense Language Institute. There is a gate open to visitors who can access the Presidio of Monterey Museum and the monument in Lower Presidio Park which has great views of the city and bay. After a short walk, you will come to Cannery Row, a blessing with mixed reviews. The alternative to the high varieties of glitzy retail outlets, luxury hotels, and seafood restaurants.

Enjoy the ocean views and otter watching from numerous seafood restaurants that line the sea cliffs before taking in perhaps California’s most famous aquarium, it too built in the remains of an old cannery, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Aquarium highlights marine life, both mammal and fish, of the waters off northern California in general and Monterey Bay in particular. You will also see the Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum and Steinbeck Plaza.

Best Time to Go: Summers are very crowded in general and weekends in particular. Summer weather can also be foggy as warm air on land collides with cooler ocean air forming coastal fog. Winter can bring intermittent rain with cooler temperatures.

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Mar 09

Monterey is a beautiful and modest town on the Central Coast of California, decorated with gorgeous Cypress trees, constantly refreshed with a cool ocean breeze and blessed with exquisite oceanic scenery. The world famous 17 Mile Drive from Monterey to Pebble Beach is a scenic route that takes you to the beautiful California coastline with several beaches on your way to the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Course. The area where the land meets the sea is packed with mini-stops and attractions for tourists to take photos and observe the history of Monterey and Pebble Beach.

17 Mile Drive 271x300 17 Mile Drive Monterey – A Beautiful California CoastlineThe Lone Cypress:

For more than 250 years, Cypress tree has remained alone on the rocky shoreline and has become a natural landmark along the California coastal region of Monterey Bay. This solitary tree has even become the symbol for the Pebble Beach Company. Be sure to stop a little and capture some photos of this coastal treasure  as it is one of the most distinct exhibits and has become an icon of the 17 Mile Drive.

Cypress Point Lookout:

The Cypress Point Lookout has provided some of the most breathtaking views of the ocean along the 17 Mile Drive. Although it may temporarily be closed from time to time to protect seals during breeding season, this scenic stop is a must see for those driving through the region.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course:

Named after Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island, Spyglass Hill has become known worldwide as one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world. After opening in 1966, Spyglass Hill Golf Course has been listed as one of the best golf courses in America and in the world for over 40 years while hosting events such as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach Invitational, and U.S Amateur Championship etc.

Pebble Beach Golf Links:

Being known as one of the best public golf courses in the United States is quite the title to hold, and Pebble Beach Golf Links lives up to its reputation. You can feel the prestige as you step onto the green for the first time, knowing that the best golfers in the history of the game have enjoyed some of their best moments on the very grass you are standing on. Pebble Beach Golf Links has been the host to the U.S Open Championship many times.

Spanish Bay:

This is a great area to get out of your vehicle and take a walk along the beach to soak in the natural environment and enjoy the legendary setting. Spanish Bay is also home to “The Links at Spanish Bay,” a Scotland themed golf course that closely replicates the country of Scotland with its shoreline appearance.

Fanshell Overlook:

Fanshell Overlook is a great place to stop and observe wildlife, especially the seals in the spring season. If you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, then there is nothing like the sight of newborn seal pups playing with their moms and friends in the shallow shore waters.

Huckleberry Hill and Shepherd’s Knoll:

Huckleberry Hill and Shepherd’s Knoll are located on top of the hills as you enter one of the 17 Mile Drive entry points. Take in a breathtaking view of the shoreline before you make your descent to the coastline full of beaches and other scenic views of the Monterey and Carmel coasts. The famous Pebble Beach awaits you at the bottom.

Pescadero Point:

Pescadero Point is a tip of land on the Carmel side of the 17 Mile Drive that is always sure to give many visitors the gift of a pleasant ocean view. It is just one of the many scenic stops that allow you to take in the shoreline experience along the 17 Mile Drive.

Bird Rock:

Appropriately named, Bird Rock is the hang out spot for many species of birds as well as seals and sea lions that bask in the sun on top of this rocky structure. Be sure to bring the camera with you to see rock that is covered with birds.

China Rock:

The Chinese settled in local fishing villages around this location near the end of the 19th century, and as a result, has been named “China Rock” in their honor. This landmark exposes the scenic shoreline to visitors all year long and is a sure place to take a couple snapshots to bring home as memories of the magical coastal features.

Point Joe:

The Point Joe was the entrance to the Monterey Bay. Many ships bottomed out on the rocky coastline of Point Joe causing several shipwrecks. Now it has become one of the sights-to-see along the famous 17 Mile Drive through Monterey and Pebble Beach along the California coastline.

Crocker Grove:

Crocker Grove is home to some of the oldest trees on the Monterey Peninsula. While some of the trees in Crocker Grove may be lacking vibrant colors and features, they are attractive in their own ways. These trees of Crocker Grove present a different kind of beauty and a unique forest experience.

The Ghost Tree:

The tree has stuck in its roots and stood its ground over years of abuse from natural forces such as wind and ocean spray to become a point of interest along the 17 Mile Drive. That is the mysterious outlook that fits well with The Ghost Tree.

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Mar 05

The Presidio of Monterey was founded on June 3, 1770, by Fray Junípero Serra, Gaspar de Portolá, Fray Juan Crespi, Lt. Pedro Fages, six Catalonian Volunteers, four cuera soldiers, and men from the ship San Antonio. On June 4, 1770, Costanso surveyed a level spot directly in front of the ship and perhaps two gunshots from the beach near an inlet which communicated with the bay at high water. Work apparently began immediately, but the temporary church was only partially completed when it was blessed on June 14. Culleton describes how, for the feast of Corpus Christi, the square marked off for the presidio was swept clean and an altar set up for High Mass and the traditional procession.

The original presidio was a stockade made of earth and pine logs. Portolá and Costansó did not stay to see the design completed. they returned to Mexico on the San Antonio on July 9, 1770. By that time the preliminary wooden palisade was probably completed enclosing the plaza. Buildings included a church, warehouse, quarters for soldiers and priests, and a powder magazine. The walls of these buildings were poles driven closely together into the ground. Work on the more permanent adobe walls probably began immediately. By the middle of November 1770 the square was enclosed so well that Fages was no longer worried about the safety of the inhabitants. At the presidio, building operations were probably conducted for most of the winter and spring, as on June 20, 1771 a communication from Fages to the viceroy implies that everything was complete except for the new church, which was to replace the original brush structure. Know deeply about the Presidio of Monterey.

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18th Century

In spite of the deterioration and need for constant repair, the presidio remained the center of Monterey for a number of years after 1800, and virtually the entire population of Monterey lived within the walls. Even though the outer walls were continually expanded -reaching some 200 yards on a side, living conditions were damp, crowded and unsanitary. Monterey was an outpost, not a town. It was not self-sufficient, as was the mission at Carmel, but still relied on supply ships from Mexico. The Hidalgo Revolt and the subsequent disorders (1810-1817) curtailed those supply ships, and increasingly the mission had to support the civil and military personnel. British, American, Russian, Peruvian, and other merchant ships brought supplies on an irregular basis, as most such trade was considered illegal. A visitor in 1814-1815 notes the population at about 400. From 1810 to 1820 the Monterey garrison, never too well paid at best, received no pay at all. Within a period of fifty years Portola’s royal fortress had become a forgotten outpost of a crumbling Spanish empire. It was during this period (1818) that the presidio and fledgling town were sacked by Hipólito Bouchard, the Argentine privateer.

Beginning somewhat before 1820, a few families, led by Corporal Manuel Boronda, took up residence outside the presidio walls. A few people had lived in outlying ranchos as early as the 1790s, but these do not seem to have been permanent residences. Teresa Russell notes that the Borondas were the first people to build a home outside the walls of the presidio. There had been other grants bestowed in the Carmel Valley, but none of the grantees had chosen to occupy their land. Their adobe was one room. They had an outdoor kitchen called a ‘ramada.’ They wore fine clothes in homemade surroundings.” In 1814, a number of non-Spanish immigrants began to settle in Monterey. But the town grew slowly. A watercolor by William Smyth during the winter of 1826-1827 shows a small number of scattered adobes without any formal property lines, fences, or streets. But by the early 1840s the pattern of the town was laid out and the presidio ceased to be the center of activity. After the American occupation the old presidio was abandoned and a new facility was built near the site of El Castillo, on the hill overlooking the harbor.

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Feb 19

Pebble Beach

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Pebble Beach Golf Course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, opening on February 22, 1919. The original layout has changed very little over the years. Prior to the 1992 U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus made some alterations, including rebuilding the 4th, 5th and 7th greens. The most recent change occurred in 1998 when Jack Nicklaus designed a replacement for the par 3, 5th, which is now positioned along the cliff above the beach at Stillwater Cove. It is number 1 public course in America by Golf Digest Magazine. It is also number 1 among the Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S. by Golf Magazine. Pebble Beach Golf Links is arguably the greatest course in the world. With the amazing combination of unmatched coastal beauty, remarkable architecture and legendary golf history, it is hard to disagree. It is now featuring nine holes directly on the bluffs overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. Pebble Beach is one of the greatest meetings of land and sea ever created by Mother Nature. Holes #8, #9, and #10 are positioned on cliffs overlooking Carmel Bay and are considered the most difficult stretch of holes on the course. Course management is imperative to playing well at Pebble Beach Golf Links. With narrow fairways and well-protected postage-stamp greens, golfers experience a wonderful challenge throughout the round.

Pebble Beach has played host to a number of world-class tournaments over the years as well as co-hosting the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am with Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shores Course and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. A total of 11 USGA championships have been contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links, five of which where U.S. Open championships held in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010. Pebble is also scheduled to host its sixth U.S. Open in June of 2019.

Monterey Jazz Festival

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The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running Jazz festival in the world. It is held annually on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey Fairgrounds located at 2000 Fairgrounds Road in Monterey, California. More than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend on 8 stages spread throughout the grounds. Outdoor stages include the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage, the Garden Stage and the Courtyard Stage. Indoor stages include the Night Club/Bill Berry Stage, Dizzy’s Den, the Jazz Theater and the Coffee House Gallery. True to its founding principles, each year the Monterey Jazz Festival continues to focus on the festival side as well as presenting an array of clinics, conversations, exhibitions, shopping, food, fun and festivities. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception. In 1956 Jimmy Lyons, and his co-founder and colleague Ralph Gleason, wanted to create an alternative to East Coast festivals, “a sylvan setting with the best Jazz people in the whole world” to be held in the tranquil seaside setting of Monterey California. The first Monterey Jazz Festival lived up to that billing hosting such legends as Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan and Billie Holiday. Know more about Monterey Jazz Festival.

Since 1958, through its comprehensive Jazz Education Programs, the Monterey Jazz Festival has helped to perpetuate Jazz and educate people about America’s music. The Monterey Jazz Festival invests $500,000 a year to support year-round education endeavors helping to meet the musical needs of thousands of students at the local, state and national levels.

Among the 2014 featured artists were Herbie Hancock, Billy Childs, Charles Lloyd, Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Michael Feinstein, Jason Moran, Marcus Miller, Gerald Clayton, Russell Malone, Harold Mabern, Harry Allen, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gary Clark Jr., Booker T. Jones, Sassy, Salty & Sweet, Davina & The Vagabonds, Brian Blade, Pete Escovedo, The Roots, Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, Quartet San Francisco, Aaron Diehl, Jon Batiste, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Eric Harland, Rueben Rogers, Melissa Aldana, Sarah McKenzie, Kendrick Scott, Derrick Hodge, Lionel Loueke, Peter Michael, Juan Escovedo, Donald Brown, Becca Stevens, Lisa Fischer, J. Hanrahan, Brian Gephart, USAF Commanders Jazz Ensemble, Lionel Loueke, Dan Ouellette, Ashley Kahn, Geoffrey Keezer, Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wayne De La Cruz, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pamela Rose and many more.

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Jan 29

Monterey State Historic Park is a collection of significant historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. There are also many destinations present in Old Monterey, but your visit will be incomplete without seeing this spot. The inside of many historic adobes can only be viewed with a State Park Guide. Tour information and tour tickets may be obtained at Pacific House Museum. It will be the best way and a great way to start your discovery of Monterey. Step into the past on the “Monterey Walking Path of History” and view the site where the Spanish explorers first landed in Monterey and the year was 1602. Here you will check out the one of the nation’s last remaining whalebone sidewalks. Just continue from there itself and walk the same street that is famed author Robert Louis Stevenson who walked in 1879.

Explore this two-mile path and discover some of California’s most historic homes. Also, here are the buildings and beautiful gardens along the way. Monterey was the city that served as California’s capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. military rule. It was the day on July 7, 1846 when the U.S. flag was first officially raised in California here. That brings 600,000 square miles of land to the United States. Monterey’s Path of History can be entered at any point. Just you need to follow the yellow-tiled markers and discover Monterey State Historic Park. The Monterey state historic park is an area that preserves and interprets places and objects of statewide historic significance. The 55 path of history sites of Monterey consist of twelve buildings, including the Custom House, the oldest government building in California, and several residences. It is called as house museums now where you can enjoy the guided tours also. These attractions and places are all part of Monterey’s 55 Path of History sites. Check out more details on park and recreational center in Monterey, CA.

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The weather of Monterey can be changeable you have to ready for it. Keep the layered clothing which is advised.

Location

The location of Monterey State historic park is at 20 Custom House Plaza, in Monterey.  Monterey, CA.

Driving Directions to Monterey State Historic Park

From the North Direction

If you want to come from San Francisco, San Jose, Gilroy, Marina and other cities from the north than take the Pacific Grove or Del Monte Avenue exit off of Highway 1. There are two other Del Monte exits prior to this one that are incorrect. So, without any confusion follow Del Monte for approximately one and a half miles. Now turn right into the Fisherman’s Wharf, Historic Park parking lot. If you end up going through the tunnel than continue on until you can legally turn around. Then return to this parking lot turning left this time. Watch for the signs present there.

From the South Direction

If you are planning to come from south from Big Sur and Carmel than take the Munras Street exit off of Highway 1. Now continue to down Munras which eventually becomes Abrego Street. Now continue on Abrego which eventually becomes Washington Street. After crossing Abrego Street, follow the Washington Street until it ends at the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot. This entire journey is less than two miles in length. Make a plan according to your direction.

From the East Direction

If you are coming to East from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Banos, Hollister and other cities than the best option is to take Highway 68 to Highway 1. Don’t forget because at this major intersection move into the left lane as this will take you toward Monterey. Don’t take right because right-hand lane goes to Seaside or Santa Cruz. Now after taking left, take the Fremont Street exit and follow to the third signal. Now turn right onto Abrego Street which shortly becomes Washington Street. Follow Washington Street until it ends in the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot. This entire journey is less than two miles in length. This is all about the direction, just make a plan to this destination and explore the history of Monterey.

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Dec 27

Monterey is situated at the southern end of the Monterey Bay. The city lies in the historic and picturesque Monterey County. The major industry of the County and the city is tourism. Monterey attractions include the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and many more.

Scenic and Natural Getaways

Whole Monterey County is located on the Pacific Coast which includes both coastline includes both sandy and rocky beaches. The beaches consist of many high cliffs which gives you an expansive view of the ocean. There are lots of activities happening in the beach area as known for a different activity. The beaches are actually famous for different things like if you are lover of diving then must visit McAbee Beach for diving, Carmel River State Beach for bird watching and Moss Landing State Beach for swells and waves that daily tempt surfers. The majority of these attractions are controlled by state and federal park officials. Their main aim is to protect the area’s landscapes. One of area’s most fascinating beaches is located off of Highway 1 at Jade Cove. Like its name suggests, the region is full of jade, which you can mine following Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary regulations. There are top class attractions which should know by everyone.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey bay Aquarium is ranked one of the top family attractions in the country. You can’t imagine Monterey’s aquarium draws nearly two million visitors a year. One of the world’s best and largest exhibit aquariums, it’s home to more than 350,000 marine animals and plants, and about 550 species. The Aquarium is consisting of three stories in which 335,000-gallon tank with clear acrylic walls. These fully loaded building is offering stunning views of leopard sharks, sardines, anchovies, and other creatures swimming through a towering kelp forest. The 1.2-million-gallon Outer Bay tank houses open-ocean life, including yellowfin tuna, large green sea turtles, barracuda, sharks, giant ocean sunfish, and schools of bonito. The Giant Octopus exhibit is also amazing. Splash Zone (designed for kids up to 9) runs daily programs and displays of black-footed penguins, invertebrates, and other inhabitants of coral reefs and the cooler waters of Northern California.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 300x187 Monterey Attractions – Redefine the excursion

Historic Sites

As California’s first capital, Monterey is the site of many California firsts, such as the state’s first theater and first brick house, both of which can be seen on the “Path of History” tour located near downtown Monterey. Visitors can follow yellow markers along the street for a self-guided tour. In 1977 the National Steinbeck Center was created in honor of Nobel prize–winning writer John Steinbeck. The center is located in Salinas, Steinbeck’s birthplace, and is open Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center features seven theaters showcasing films based on Steinbeck’s most famous novels as well as interactive, multisensory exhibits about the history and agriculture of the area. Eccentric Carmel poet, Robinson Jeffers, left behind a legacy in his home, Tor House. Visitors may take tours through the house, which is full of artifacts from around the world, such as stones from the Great Pyramids, or climb up Celtic-style Hawk Tower, which in the backyard. As of February 2010, tours run every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Alternative Destinations

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of many places where wildlife-lovers can get their fix. Also, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve teems with sea lions and otters, and from December to May, migrating gray whales. Tourists often overlook Monterey’s downtown area, in favor of Cannery Row, which is only a few miles away. Located primarily on Alvarado Street, the downtown area is home to many British-themed pubs and restaurants, such as the Crown and Anchor or the Mucky Duck, which features an outdoor dancing area. Rather than pay to drive the famous 17-mile Drive, make a journey down Pacific Grove’s Ocean View Boulevard. The route, which eventually turns into Sunset Drive, follows the rocky coastline, providing breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Dec 04

Monterey is beautifully situated on Monterey Bay. What many people don’t know is that it was the capital of Spanish California. Historically, Monterey was an important city in the fish canning industry but that collapsed with the disappearance of the sardine. Today tourism is the main focus and there are many tourist attractions in Monterey.

1. Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium occupies the site of the old Hovden Cannery, one of the largest of the eighteen in Cannery Row. The architecture of the elaborate aquarium complex was adapted from the former factory which stood here from 1916 to 1980. The aquarium stands right on the edge of the rocky bay and focuses on the rich marine life of Monterey Bay.

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2. 17 Mile Drive

Only a few miles from Monterey, on the south side of the Monterey peninsula, lies Carmel. The many charms of the countryside make it worthwhile going the long way round, on the “17 Mile Drive”. This drive begins at Pacific Grove Gate and then goes along the Pacific coast. Part of the way runs through the Del Monte Forest, where there are a number of large villas. The forest is impressive with a rich abundance of cypress trees and the Monterey pines. You will also drive past picturesque beaches, isolated cliffs, the famous “Lone Cypress”, the Pebble Beach Golf Course and the “Lodge at Pebble Beach” Hotel. Cypress Lookout offers a particularly beautiful view north and south along the Pacific coast.

3. Cannery Row

Cannery Row is a waterfront street that originally served as a fish packing area and now operates as a tourist attraction, with shops and restaurants, as well as a beach of golden sand. Cannery Row has evolved over the years from its sketchy origins of warehouses, bordellos and low budget hotels. Today visitors will find a relatively upmarket row of chain shops, some boutiques, plenty of restaurants and a great place for a stroll. A visit to Cannery Row can easily be combined with a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf.

4. Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park is located in Old Monterey, which was once the capital of California. The park consists of historic homes and buildings. Attractions are linked by following yellow tiles in the sidewalks. Many of the buildings date from the early 19th Century. This area is not overly large, the main street is 2 miles long. One unique attraction is a rare whalebone sidewalk. In addition to the stately homes and buildings, the flower gardens are what many visitors remember the most. The gardens range from stunning rose gardens, to cypress hedges and an educational herb garden. The Custom House Garden is noted for its fine view out to Monterey Harbor.

5. Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel

South of Carmel is a beautiful stretch of coastline that is encompassed by Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The reserve is a natural area of dramatic granite cliffs, unusual rock formations created by the erosion, headlands, caves, and rock-enclosed ponds which continually re-form. Waves crash on the rocks while tidal pools reveal some small marine life.

6. Monterey Museum of Art

The Monterey Museum of Art has a large focus on California art and artists. There are two separate locations which comprise the Museum of Art. The Pacific Street location, simply called the Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street, is a rather austere looking building featuring eight galleries. Here you will find early American and California collections, including paintings, photography and contemporary art.

7. Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio in Carmel

Because of its architecture and its location on Monterey Bay, the Carmel Mission, as it is generally known, is one of the most beautiful of the mission stations. When it was founded it formed the northernmost point of Spanish dominance. From 1934 onwards the Moorish style mission and the church, built in 1797, were restored in their old form.

8. Dennis the Menace Park

Based upon the comic book character, The Dennis the Menace Playground offers slides, a maze, a railroad switch engine and a lion-shaped drinking fountain for children.

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Nov 06

There are so many Monterey Attractions in Monterey County that why it is very tough to choose. Below are the lists of top attractions around Monterey:

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is in downtown Monterey. It is in “must-do” list of every visitor to the area because of its restaurants, shops and great views of the ocean. The dock is most popular destination on the trail where everyone go n visit once due to its location, scenery and historical displays, including several generations of fishing craft. This is a great place to take in the sights and sounds and smells of Monterey. You can usually watch the working trawlers unloading the catch of the day – just look for all of the seagulls hoping for a handout to know who’s had a successful day on the Bay. Stroll down the wharf with a cup of hot clam chowder, or stop by one of several restaurants featuring fresh Monterey Bay seafood. You can also take pictures of sea lions and others frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters or if you can also try out more adventurous thing, just take to the waters with a glass bottom boat tour, deep-sea fishing trip or whale watching tour in season.

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is one of the most attractive sights to view and enjoy with one of the most scenic drives in the world. Here you can visit championship golf courses, gourmet restaurants, a top-rated spa, top-flight shopping and more. It consists of 17 miles drive where visitors enjoy the best scenic view in the world. Department of Transportation’s National Scenic Byways Program has declared it as an All-American Road by the U.S.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Discover sea life in Monterey’s bay without leaving dry land at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is totally dedicated to marine research and conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is very well known in the world for its interactive exhibits and ability to present marine life. Forbes Traveler list Monterey Bay Aquarium as a one of most America’s most captivating aquariums.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984, located on the site of a former sardine cannery on cannery row which is a public aquarium in Monterey, California, United States. The total attendance of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is 1.8 million visitors every year.

The height of the centerpiece is 28 foot high and water of 333,000-US-gallon tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this Aquarium, It was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp. There are several levels in the building where visitors can inspect the creatures of the kelp forest. It is one of the few aquariums to hold the ocean sunfish in captivity.
The Aquarium includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is few of the aquariums in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin together. There is kreisel tank which creates a circular flow to support the jellies for displaying jellyfish.

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Monterey Attractions

Regional, State and Federal Parks

Monterey County is having many and many of acres of parks range which start from the mini-Yosemite to the grim beauty of Pinnacles National Park in between. If you want to walk or ride your bike on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail then it is the best scenic trail which is having 18 miles along the coast and also connects with many of the coastal parks. There are more than 30 parks in Monterey County like Go hang gliding, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, surfing, birding, diving and more.

Beaches

There are over 13 beaches in the whole county whether you want to look for the typical sandy beach then check out California surfing beach, also there is outstanding cliffs with spectacular views of the ocean, Dive, surf, sail, kayak or watch wildlife.

Special Events

Monterey County’s calendar is full of event which is widely acclaimed to attract visitors from around the world. There is Monterey Jazz Festival happens every year in September for the music lovers who returns annually. Also there is one more festival for music lovers happens in July that is Carmel Bach Festival. There are also many events for automobile lovers, every year in August, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance happens and other events of Monterey Auto Week.

If you want to enjoy Monterey Attractions then come and stay at the Monterey Stagecoach Lodge in Monterey County and get rooms at very affordable rates. Make your Monterey hotel reservations today.

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