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Monterey, California Cruises

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Monterey is located in Monterey County on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's coastal central coast. The town is stunningly yet surprising at the same time, from rugged mountain heights to bountiful valleys, historic sites, nature reserves, and more. Monterey is a seaport town surrounded by a charmingly rough edge. Most of the city's visitors come to the aquarium overlooking Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which is home to dense kelp forests and numerous marine species, such as dolphins and whales. In the 1930s, Monterey was called the Sardine Capital of the World due to the world's largest aquarium located on Cannery Row. As of today, it serves as a spot for visitors lined with souvenir shops and standard eating establishments housed in faux-retro buildings. Stroll past the restored Spanish and Mexican buildings downtown for more authenticity.

Best Things to do in Monterey, California

Explore Monterey and Monterey Bay, and find out what to do. Check out the aquarium and whale watching and learn about the area's history! This city is blessed with several things to do and amazing landscapes.

1. Monterey State Historic Park

Old Monterey, the former capital of California, boasts Old Monterey State Historic Park, located on the waterfront. Many of the buildings in the park date from the early 19th century; many of them are made from adobe. Because it is relatively compact, it is easy to explore, and the sidewalks are lined with yellow tiles linking attractions together. The gardens are awe-inspiring, as well as the stately homes and buildings. Rose gardens, cypress hedges, and herb gardens all feature within. Views of Monterey Harbor can be found at the Custom House Garden. Take a moment to notice the rare whalebone sidewalk as you walk through the park. Frequently, Cannery Row and the rest of the waterfront can be explored from the state historic park.

2. Point Lobos State Reserve

The Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is south of Carmel-by-the-Sea and is highly praised by tourists. Nature lovers like the pocket gopher and southern sea otter and the dramatic rock formations rising from the ocean. Hikers can choose from 13 trails within the reserve, some of which are easy and some of which are challenging. Its views of Monterey cypress trees perched precariously on the seaside cliffs and rugged coastline make the Cypress Grove Trail especially popular. Diving enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. The dive spots at Point Lobos include kelp forests and coral reefs that measure 70 feet in height. There is a chance that you will see passing seals and whales.

3. 17-Mile Drive

The 17-Mile Drive traces the rugged Pacific coastline. It winds its way through the Del Monte Forest to hug the Pacific coastline while offering stunning ocean views. You can view the multi-million dollar homes along the coast and see the natural marvels of Monterey. You should stop at several points of interest along the 17-Mile Drive and park your vehicle. The Lone Cypress will be hard to miss, or you can take a stroll along the wooden paths that line the shores of Spanish Bay. Visit the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links at Pebble Beach Resorts for genuinely unforgettable views. Those feeling peckish on their journey will find multiple restaurants at the resort complex (where you'll find the Lodge at Pebble Beach, Casa Palmero, and The Inn at Spanish Bay).

4. Old Fisherman's Wharf

Wharfs are one of the must-visit places in Monterey that you will regret not visiting. There are many seafood restaurants there. It juts into the Pacific from the side of Lighthouse Avenue, where a medley of cafes and crab shacks can be found. By smelling the deep-fried shrimp and oysters, one can get a sense of where one is. Two legends are associated with the wharf - the Old Fishermen's Grotto and the 2-story Crab House. There are 180-degree views of Monterey Bay from both locations, with traditional painted-wood facades. The best way to sample the county's unique cuisine is to order the clam chowder served in a chunky sourdough bread bowl with cream. 

5. Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

It stretches 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Besides walking, jogging, biking, pushing a stroller, walking dogs, and even skating, you can also do other activities. Rest stops along the route are provided by benches. In addition to snack bars, there are restaurants where one can enjoy a leisurely lunch. Monterey can be explored on this pleasant trail. The American Tin Cannery outlet mall, Cannery Row, Old Fisherman's Wharf, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are just a few attractions.

Best Time to Visit

Monterey is a year-round destination with mild temperatures and cool ocean breezes. The most rainfall happens from December to February, and the summer months become busy. Plan a visit between April and December for some best whale watching experiences.

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