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Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

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Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

Are there any great tide pooling spots that are not crowded?

Tell me your top 3 restaurants for lunch and/or dinner that are great but not crazy expensive :).

What do you think about a day trip from Carmel to SF?

We will be in Carmel from Monday to Friday. Is there a day that has less traffic?

Thanks for your help and any other tips are appreciated :)

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1. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

Our one go to restaurant in Carmel is Anton & Michel's. If you go over to Pacific Grove be sure to try Passionfish. Traffic to SF and back will be heavy on weekdays. A day trip is going to be a very long day.

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2. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

Carmel to SF is 2+ hours in average traffic. IMO too much for a day trip. Besides which, SF deserves more than a day.

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3. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz has some of the best tide pooling around. It is about 45 minutes from Monterey. Stop by the visitor's center for info and directions to the tidepools. Watch the tide tables, you will want to be there at low tide.

Crowds? I have never seen crowds there.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=541

Edited: 9:24 pm, March 15, 2014
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4. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

When are you coming? Unless it is July 4th or another bIg holiday, none of the tidepools will be crowded on a weekday. Not even during spring break as those are staggered. I imagine you will be visiting Point Lobos. Check the tide tables and get there an hour before the lows - minus feet best but close to zero ok. There are some decent stuff at Whaler Cove.

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5. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

We never miss a meal at Pepper's Mexicali Cafe in neighboring Pacific Grove. We also like Michael's Taqueria in the Country Club Gate shopping center. Very casual, but decent grub at a fair price.

Fishwife in Pacific Grove serves Caribbean inspired seafood dishes.

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6. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

We have been to SF before. Just thought about shopping around Union Square one day. But it may be a long day. Thank you for all of the great restaurant suggestions. Is Seaside worth looking into?

Also, best shopping with an 18 yr. old daughter?

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7. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

Seaside for what? They have dunes and a college on an old army base. The teen will probably enjoy shopping at the Gilroy Outlets.

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8. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned the tidepools along the shores of Pacific Grove. There are lots of them in the vicinity of the Point Pinos lighthouse and anywhere between the lighthouse and Spanish Bay.

Downtown Carmel is the most interesting shopping district. Del Monte Center in Monterey is a prettier than average outdoor mall with all of the standard chain stores.

Seaside is a bedroom community and a busy commercial area, but nothing a tourist would be interested in unless you need a fast-food franchise fix.

-Mr. Toy

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Edited: 3:52 am, March 16, 2014
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9. Re: Tide Pooling? Top 3 Nice Restaurants? Day trip to SF?

Pacific's Edge, Little Napoli and Casanova are very good restaurants in Carmel. California Market for the views is a very nice lunch option. :).

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