Our first full day in town we took the bike/walking path from the harbor all the way to Pacific Grove. This pedestrian highway is heavily used and in great condition. It is scenic and takes you from the wharf, past lounging harbor seals, thru Cannery Row and up to Lover's Point where a beautiful picnic area and beach await you.
|Bustling Farmer's Market|
If you're traveling on the cheap, something we know a little about, their are many free things to do in this town. Visit the many beaches, walk the history trail or stop by the municipal wharf after dark to watch the fishermen unload their catch. The night we stopped by it was squid arriving by the thousands.
Monterey is also packed with historical significance. Many of us know about Steinbeck and Cannery Row, but Monterey was the site of California's first theatre and first library. There was a time when it was the only port of entry for taxable goods into the state. The customs house still exists and is California's Historic Landmark #1. There is much to be learned about California history in this town.
Kayak rentals, snorkeling or scuba are also widely available activities here at Monterey. This, of course, costs some money, but with the ample sea life in this bay I think it is well worth it! And the water is so clear!
One other great place we discovered just a block from the marina is a new place called the Wharf Marketplace "The Bounty from the County" The prices are outstanding and the selection is wonderful! It has only been open 9 weeks, but it looks to have a bright future. Stop in for a delicious breakfast sandwich for $3, or to purchase local veggies and fish at awesome prices.
All told, it is sort of sad to be leaving this bountiful, beautiful town. We highly recommend a visit by land or by sea!
|Great veg at Wharf Marketplace|
|Sandwiches, coffee and smoothies at Wharf Marketplace|
|After the birthday YUM|
|Pics from the beach|
|More beach pics|
|This little girl is rescuing a star fish|