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Old Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey, CA
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Ranked #17 of 55 activities in Monterey
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: Monterey Fisherman Wharf Area has restaurants, unique tourist shops, whale watching opportunities, bay cruises,and fishing and sailing excursions. more »
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Lake Forest, California, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We walked to the end of the wharf and back, thinking we'd find someplace to eat, but everything seemed really dirty and unappetizing. I don't know what it was, but blech. I was just totally turned off by this place. We ended up walking just a few minutes up Alvarado Street to Cafe Trieste for pizza (YUM, worth the walk).... More

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London, Canada
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130 reviews 130 reviews
85 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Yes we love sea lions! And the wharf didn't disappoint. There was one floating pier that was covered in sea lions! What a sight! And there were a bunch swimming in the water too! So fun to watch! Could have spent a lot of time here had the parking not been so expensive...

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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This Wharf is attractive. A really neat place to walk around and enjoy. Full of neat little shops and great fun restaurants. Some places are high dollar but worth it for some of the best food around. Water is attractive and the boaters will be playing. There appears to also be a kayak rental location near by.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

The pier to the east is lovely ! We visited before 10 a.m., and we're lucky enough to see a lone bull seal sunning himself on the wooden slats. Also fish being dredged from the sea, covered with ice and loaded into lorries.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Went for a late afternoon walk on the wharf. We had dinner at one of the Italian/seafood restaurants on the wharf. It was a little touristy, but the food was good and we had a table with windows looking out on the water. Great seal watching on the wharf with a couple of opportunities to see them up close on... More

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Orinda, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a very touristy spot, but well worth the stroll. Standing outside the candy shops is great fun - going in even more so. Lots to see and taste. However, liked the Coast Guard Pier more.

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Sonoma, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
55 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We like Old Fisherman's Wharf but there is a working part that is the real deal and much more interesting. If you visit the municipal pier on the East side of the marina from Old Fisherman's Wharf, you will see real fishing boats in action and there are even a few true fish markets with fresh and live fish for... More

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Pismo Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Monterey and the wharf area in particular is a great place to visit but beware of the parking Weenie. This is a little man in his electric cart whizzing around making certain the slightest infraction get penalized. Apparently the City Of Monterey has jobbed out the parking fine business to a corporation in Inglewood, CA. So it is simply a... More

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Monterey, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We like to eat a "progressive dinner" as we walk down the wharf. It feels like a day in another country. The wharf is technically a "tourist attraction" but all my local friends love to come here as well. Most, if not all, of the restaurants are owned by local families. I love going down first thing in the morning... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Had a lovely time walking and finding places to shop and to dine. Will definitely go back if we are in the area again.

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