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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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Monterey Bay, CA 93940
+1 831-647-4201
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the sanctuary encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean. The sanctuary contains our nation's largest kelp forests and one of North America's largest underwater canyons. Its diverse marine ecosystem also includes rugged rocky shores, wave-swept sandy beaches, and tranquil estuaries. The sanctuary is managed to balance recreational and commercial uses with protection of natural resources, water quality, habitats, and its bountiful resident and migratory marine life. Visitors will find in the southern half a mostly undeveloped shoreline of rocky shores and steep mountainsides. The northern shoreline is similar but is dotted with settlements of small towns and moderate-size cities. Visitors to Monterey Bay National Marine Sancuary can enjoy surfing, diving, snorkeling, tidepooling, and camping. Hiking, biking and touring by car are just a few ways visitors can view this stunning coastline.
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3 weeks ago
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Sep 9, 2017
“From the road”
Monterey Bay, CA 93940
+1 831-647-4201

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth every cent, what a place. You see the wonderful Bay, wildlife and scenic drive. At various viewing points you can read the information about Bay and sanctuary which is very exiting and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the few hours spent there.

Thank Anand1351
Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Amazing views from the highway. We approached from Monterey on the way to San Francisco. Worth a stop and photo op.

Thank Reasonable50
Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

Very nice, well kept property. Gas fireplace/central heating in the room. Most rooms have a view of the ocean. The sound of waves and wind make for a cozy, romantic night. Will definitely go again.

Thank Cassandra F
Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

2 friends and I had a great day of whale watching! Tons of whales , very knowledgeable marine biologist , Doris and great mate Katy! Thanks for a memorable time guys!! A must do adventure !

Thank mrmobley
Reviewed January 30, 2016

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is truly the highlight of any visit to Monterey and it would be shame to go there and not get in out into the water. I did a great kayaking trip with Adventures by the Sea and saw otters...More

Thank Tony K
Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

My friends and I are so glad this place exists. It's beautiful, and sea life watching is phenomenal! My friend is a marine biologist, and she had so much fun telling us what was what and fun facts about all the animals and plant life....More

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed November 30, 2014

There are plenty of places in the area to enjoy views of the coast and the wildlife. It's a great area to spot seals, otters and lots of birds. There are nice beaches throughout, where you can park and explore or just relax and enjoy...More

Thank Steven W
Reviewed April 12, 2014

Highway 1 provides great access to the hundreds of miles of coastline in this sanctuary. We stopped at many locations and were impressed by so many working to protect the animals. Volunteer docents roamed the paths overlooking the elephant seal beaches providing interesting tidbits. The...More

4  Thank TJ T
Reviewed March 13, 2014

A biologist's dream! Lots of animal life in the tide pools, and the plant life is abundant! The ocean is a beautiful aquamarine color.

3  Thank LindaMG
Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Marine Sanctuary is all the water from the beach, the entire Bay and out to sea several miles. On whale watching trips this weekend we saw Gray Whales, Orca whales, Risso's Dolphins, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Sea Otters swimming and...More

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