Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay
4.5
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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Robert D
Omaha, NE56 contributions
Feb 2020
Having friends in the area and wanting to get away from winter in the Midwest, a trip to this coastal city was just right. Moderate temps with little or no rain, as well as moderate crowds, was perfect. Great sites with in walking distance from our rental unit. A do again some future winter for sure!
Written March 1, 2020
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cherylyosh
San Francisco, CA310 contributions
Feb 2020
My husband and I frequently go to Monterey to relax, eat, venture to Carmel Valley to pick up wine, enjoy the cuisine. The Bay is gorgeous! We often stroll along the pathways. Monterey Bay is also the home of Capitola, where our good friend lives. When we visit her in Capitola, we sit at a restaurant with a great view of the bay. Of course, in Monterey itself, there are wonderful places to just sit, walk, eat and enjoy the view of the bay.
Written March 1, 2020
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preciousness22
United States818 contributions
Apr 2021
This area is one of the most beautiful on the coast of California. It's no wonder so many people travel here each year to visit and experience the beauty of Monterey Bay. A definite place to visit when traveling to this part of California.
Written March 25, 2022
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Greg W
100 contributions
Jul 2021
You can't beat Monterey and Carmel for beauty. It's one of the most gorgeous areas in California. However, if you plan on staying in Monterey overnight expect to get yourself taxed!! We stayed at the Hyatt Resort for 4 nights and paid over 30% of our room charge in taxes and fees. Better to take say trips in and skip the robbery.
Written July 17, 2021
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William
5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
I have been to Monterey,CA three times and this last time was a let down. Went to the Aquarium and found out that you have to buy your tickets via online to get in. Used my cell phone to purchase while standing in line and lucky enough completed the purchase before entering. Non Tech people would have had a real issue. Also price of admission was expense. $50 Standard, $40 Seniors. Spent rough 1 hour inside and was done. Was very crowded and was difficult to see many of the attractions on a Tuesday. Parked on the street in Cannery Row. Paid with a credit card and selected the max time of 2hrs. Guess what, was back in 1.5hrs and had a parking ticket for $48. Was warned by a local resident about using the parking meters and he was right! Called the parking office about my parking transaction not being processed and so sorry dispute it at our website which I did. Still waiting for a response. Went to the wharfs for something to eat. Sandbar & Grill was good. Other than that we bummed around town for a while but was pretty bored. To us Monterey has lost it charm. Mostly overpriced and more of a tourist trap. Really a shame since I really enjoyed it on my previous visits years ago.
Written July 14, 2022
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catwoman58
Spring, Texas25 contributions
Nov 2019
Where do I begin? We traveled by car from San Francisco for a day trip to MB. Our first stop was to Taste of Monterey, on Cannery Row. A great experience! This venue represents most of the wine growers in the region-we each selected a custom tasting flight, plus a charcuterie board of locally curated meats and cheeses, paired with compliments. We savored our fair seated next to a full view of the bay, where we observed all sorts of wildlife: birds, otters, seals, etc. After a few hours, we strolled over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, my favorite of the many aquariums I have visited nationwide. The aquarium abuts the Pacific Ocean, making a horseshoe shape so that the ocean and its wonderful inhabitants are right at the doors. We spent over an hour on the observation deck alone, viewing through the complementary binoculars the wildlife in its natural habitat. Inside the aquarium is a magnificent kelp tank two stories high plus other wonders. I personally spent much of my time near the otter tanks. The aquarium is worth a trip just for the otter education and viewing alone, actually. There is much more to do in Monterey, but we were in only for the day and chose to enjoy these two venues at our leisure.
Written January 1, 2020
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Alix L
Portland, OR58 contributions
Jan 2020
We absolutely lucked out, and experienced 5 days of brilliant sunshine with highs in the high 50s to about 61 degrees. The walk along Ocean Blvd. continuing to Asilomar is one of the most beautiful stretches in the world.
Written January 5, 2020
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L0ve2travle
United States295 contributions
Dec 2020
Beautiful drive around the cost & plenty of hiking parks. I hiked in Point Lobos Loop Trail Park, Mission Park and Jack Peak Park with the breathtaking view of Carmel and the ocean. Wonderful place to visit during COVID-19 era, no crowds and plenty of things to do.
Written December 5, 2020
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heumanntouch
Huntington Beach, CA1,178 contributions
Feb 2020
This is such a beautiful area that it warrants a stop. The crashing of the waves and the shier beauty of the area making it a PHOTO must stop for sure. Warning this area can get very crowded at times, so plan your arrival into the area accordingly.
Written February 25, 2020
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MangAndres
San Joaquin, CA652 contributions
Feb 2021
If you have not visited Monterey Bay, I am suggesting that you should go and experience this wonderful city. Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, and the Aquarium are all wonderful places to visit. we even saw California's First Movie Theater and it was such a delight. There are hidden areas that you can explore if you do the walk from Fisherman's Wharf to Cannery Row.
Written March 2, 2021
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