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“It's one of those window shopping places” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cannery Row

Cannery Row
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$173.96*
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3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour
Ranked #6 of 101 things to do in Monterey
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Owner description: Cannery Row is the Central Coast’s premiere visitor destination. Home to some of the most luxurious hotels, world-class restaurants, boutiques & galleries, spas, premium wine tasting & exciting recreation Monterey has to offer, including the best nightlife. Walk everywhere. The breathtaking coastline of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the backdrop for every Cannery Row experience. Parking is never a problem, and everything is within walking distance.
Northridge, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“It's one of those window shopping places”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

I've been to Monterey a few times now and we always end up here on Cannery Row. We usually come here to show others who have not yet been, but to be bluntly honest its too touristy. I get that businesses need to make money and it's great that there are a lot of mom and pop shops, but $40 for a sweater and $90 for a bottle of wine are pushing it. Now making an about-face on my previous comment , there are a lot of great shops and restaurants here in this short 2 1/2 blocks. Don't just buy what you see in the first shop, circle the whole area first and then go back because some shops are cheaper than others for the exact same thing. Don't forget to go one block north, there are shops there too and have cheaper nick knacks.

Parking: The meters are check and re-checked. You will notice that parking enforcement will be making their rounds chalking tires. Usually after 730pm you rarely see them checking so you can relax a bit because they stop checking after 9pm i think. There are parking garages and lots which charge a flat rate ($10-30) depending on the season. If you plan on staying here all day then that's your best bet.

Food: We usually go to the Bubba Gumps because we cant decide on where to eat so we go to our familiar place. We have also eaten at Louie Linguini which was pretty good our last trip here. There are a few Pubs, an el torito and a few more upscale dining choices like Chart house. It's up to you...they are all pretty good. For dessert don't forget to stop at Ghirardelli for some ice cream and chocolate ($8-12).

At the end of the street is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, if you plan on staying for more than 1 day the 2 day pass is the best deal which you can get from your hotel if they participate in the deal, if not then a one day adult pass will set you back $35, Kids $21.

Don't be scared away by this review...check the place out, but have a plan B in case you end your visit here early.

Visited November 2013
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South Florida, Florida
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“Great little area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

Cannery Row was a great little area for picture taking close to our hotel (the Monterey Plaza). It gave me the opportunity, as a photographer, to get creative. I got pretty inspired!

Visited October 2013
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Cypress, California
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“It was "OK".”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

My husband and I got married and stayed in Big Sur for a few days. We decided to run up to Monterey and check out Cannery Row. Honestly,,,,We enjoyed the drive back and forth more than Cannery Row itself. We went mid-morning on Friday. Its very, very touristy. Its all these little shops that have exactly the same items for sale in each one. A lot of restaurants. We ate lunch at the The Fish Hopper (which was good). We asked the waitress, who was a local, what there was to do around the area. She told us there was nothing to really do,,,besides go to the aquarium or bar hop. She told us to avoid 17-Mile Drive as well. She said you have to pay to drive it,,,and she said driving Highway 1 through Carmel and Big Sur is just as beautiful...unless you want to look at big mansions along the coast. We appreciated her help!! I'm sure if you are a "history buff",,,than Cannery Row would be more interesting. There seemed to be a lot of history about the place. Its just commercial now. We found it boring.....the drive back to Big Sur was much more fun!!

Visited October 2013
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Crossville, Tennessee
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“Beautiful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

This was sea-glass central. I could have spent the entire day here picking up the sea's precious gems. It was also a great place to view sea lions, as well as the neon-colored starfish. I would love to go back to this place!

Visited June 2013
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Los Angles, CA
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“Chain Store Massacre!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is the cheesiest tourist trap I've seen in a while. Very little of real interest - lots of crummy fast food joints, etc. Besides the wonderful Aquarium, this is a must avoid!

Visited November 2013
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