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“Closer ups of some of the sea life” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Coast Guard Pier

Coast Guard Pier
Ranked #9 of 101 things to do in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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Hercules, California
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52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Closer ups of some of the sea life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's a very nice walk past the scuba divers on the grass, out along the pier.
Lots of close-ups of seal lions, harbor seals, and some of the birds. We had extra excitement as the Marine Mammal Center was trying to rescue/assist a sea lion with something wrapped around it's neck. Very nice young man also pointed out an animal they had previously rescued from a plastic 'collar' that threatened the animal. Another graphic example of how much we are polluting the oceans and threatening wildlife.
We were also lucky enough to observe three porpoises cruising and jumping out of the water parallel to the pier - bonus wildlife!

Visited October 2013
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Manteca, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“See all of the Seals Up Close”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Love to visit the end of this Pier to see all of the sea lions and otters. Spotted a few dolphin this trip. Just nice to stand and watch them in their Natural habitat. The on duty Coast Guard guys are very nice to talk to and will tell you all about their experience being in the Guard.

Visited November 2013
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Carmel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great view of the bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Strolling to the end of the Coast Guard Pier is a grand adventure. You will pass fisherman, sightseers, and see lots of sealife: sea stars, sea lions and birds. Be sure not to forget your camera!

Visited August 2013
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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Sea Lion Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

WOW! I have never seen so many sea lions in my life! Both sides of the pier are covered with them. Fun to see them sunning, barking, and swimming. Also saw a sea otter sleeping in the water at the end of the pier and a seagull eating a starfish! Great nature viewing. Nice view of bay. Clean restrooms.

Visited October 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Great close-up with sea lions.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Walking around the wharf or cannery row you are bound to hear a lot of sea lions. A stroll down the Coast Guard Pier will probably get you very close to seeing hundreds of them. They crawl up on the rocks to sun themselves. You will also get to see sea otters and possibly whales swimming in the bay. In addition there are numerous marine birds. As it costs absolutely nothing to walk down this pier to view all this amazing wildlife it is an excellent way to spend an hour or two. There is ample opportunity to get some great photographs.

Visited October 2013
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