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In Search of Sea Life in Monterey, California

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My memories of Monterey, California dated back over a decade when my family took a road trip from San Francisco. This time around, I was traveling with my mom and her friend down the Pacific Coast Highway. Monterey was a good point to stop for a few days, using it as a base for day trips. The former fishing town is most associated with John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. The waterfront area where most tourists stay was renamed for the book.

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The main reason for our visit was to go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the top in the world. As a lifelong water baby, I couldn’t wait to see creatures up close. The aquarium starts with an introduction to the building’s former life as a sardine cannery. It was packed when we arrived, because of the rainy weather, but we got a discount through AAA membership, which I highly recommend. Ticket prices aren’t cheap. But the non-profit aquarium focuses on education and sustainability, operating a seafood watch program that’s known worldwide.

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I wasn’t overwhelmed with the places we ate in the Cannery Row area, so we took a Lyft to Old Monterey for a bite and to browse the shops. This is where the locals live and dine, so we came to this area a few times. We even made it here when the power was out all over Cannery Row due to storms. Alvarado Street Brewery was perfect for a pint and burger.

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On our last afternoon in Monterey was the sunniest of our entire trip. We were scheduled to go on a whale watching cruise with Princess Whale Watching after many the day before were canceled. The seas were still rocky, but I was excited about the possibility of seeing some whales. Sea lions hung out on the shore as we made our way out of the harbor and our guide started to point out creatures in the distance. First, the whales were little more than water spouts, but we got closer and closer, seeing grey whales surface and wave at us. Not everyone enjoyed the journey, as many below deck got sick, but being up top with the California breeze made it all worthwhile.

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If You Go

Monterey is a great weekend getaway, especially if you’re an ocean geek like me. Here are a few of my favorite spots from my trip.

Eat/Drink: Alvarado Street BreweryRevival Ice CreamOld Monterey CafeCafe LumiereThe Wharf Marketplace

Shop: Fine Art Turkish Grand BazaarA Taste of Monterey – Wine Market & Bistro

Stay: InterContinental The Clement MontereyHI – Monterey

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  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium
    Attraction in Monterey

    886 Cannery Row
    Monterey
    http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
  2. Alvarado Street Brewery
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    426 Alvarado St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 655-2337
    http://www.alvaradostreetbrewery.com/
  3. Revival Ice Cream
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    463 Alvarado St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 747-2113
    http://www.revivalicecream.com/
  4. Old Monterey Cafe
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    489 Alvarado St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 646-1021
  5. Cafe Lumiere
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    365 Calle Principal
    Monterey County California
    (831) 920-2451
    http://cafelumieremonterey.com/
  6. The Wharf Marketplace
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    290 Figueroa St
    Monterey County California
    (831) 649-1116
    http://www.thewharfmarketplace.com/
  7. Fine Art Turkish Grand Bazaar
    Attraction in Monterey County California

    685 Cannery Row
    Monterey County California
    (831) 649-1552
  8. A Taste of Monterey - Wine Market & Bistro
    Restaurant in Monterey County California

    700 Cannery Row
    Monterey County California
    (831) 646-5446
    http://www.tastemonterey.com/
  9. HI - Monterey
    Hotel in Monterey California

    778 Hawthorne St
    Monterey California
    (831) 649-0375
    http://www.hiusa.org/monterey

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One Response to In Search of Sea Life in Monterey, California

  1. Steve Johnson Jr. August 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    Hey Caroline, Monterey Bay Aquarium & Handcrafted ice cream seemed nice for a go. The whale watching part also seems great for the kiddos. I see you got one pictured attached here too, haha. It’d be much better if you would have written about some decent places to live for 3-5 days as I’ve my wife & 3 little kiddos with me.

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