For More Information
Visit the Monterey Peninsula Visitors and Convention Bureau to pick up information on what to do and see when you are in the area. They are located at 380 Alvarado St., Monterey, CA 93940. Their phone number is (831) 649-1770. Or visit one of these two sites for more information:
the official city site is www.monterey.org
The Official Big Sur The Chamber of Commerce web is www.bigsurcalifornia.org
My husband took the photo of me standing outside of the Visitors Bureau because of the beautiful purple flowering bush behind me. My favorite things in Monterrey are the aquarium and the Monterey Bay Whale Watch. Of course you are not always going to see whales, but they will give you another trip for free if you don’t see anything, so give it a try!
Monterey is a Golfing Mecca. ...
Monterey is a Golfing Mecca. With Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Cypress Golf Club all sharing the real estate, I can think of no better place to golf. Located in Big Sur on the water, stunning views are complemented by temperate weather and great accomodations and restaurants. A truly great vacation spot The Lone Cypress is Symbolic of the Area
Certainly the most touristed part of Monterey is Cannery Row. Now a busy street full with restaurants, cafés, galleries, souvenir shops, fashion, etc., this used to be the centre of the fish canneries in the past. This area was immortalized by Noble prize writer John Steinback who was born not far from here, in Salinas.
Take a stroll along the street, enjoy the atmosphere, look at the murals depicting the place as it used to be in the past and the carefully preserved wooden houses. At the end of the street you will find the famous aquarium.
Sunrise over the Monterey Bay
Sunrise, like moonrise, changes location throughout the year, but sunrise is much more constant. Between June and December (the solstices) the direction of sunrise changes from 60 degrees to 119 degrees here in Monterey. That means the location of the sunrise changes by an average of just one degree every three days.
From the city of Monterey, a sunrise from the direction of 119 degrees in December and January just barely peeks over the water of the bay and the best place to watch it rise is at the Coast Guard Wharf, Fishermans Wharf, Commercial Wharf, or the trail between Coast Guard and Fisherman's Wharf.
In the Summer the rises more to the northeast at 60-80 degrees, so is easily seen from anywhere west of about Fisherman's Wharf including areas of Cannery Row and Pacific Grove. Go any further east and the coastline starts to turn to the north, with the sunrise over the land behind you.
Save the Sea Otters
Sea otters are cuter, skinnier, and much quieter than their cousins the sea lion. Unfortunately, they are also smaller and more shy, therefore more difficult to spot. This guy was on the east side of the commercial wharf, all by himself, barely making a sound...except that faint clicking noise as he rapped a stone on the shellfish he was cracking open for lunch. He was doing it like they do it on the Discovery Channel, floating on his back with the stone on his belly, striking the shell against the stone.
In May 2007 I saw a mother otter fetching shells, cracking them, and feeding her young otter pup who was too young to fish for himself. Though he would occasionally dive under water, he never bought up any shells. Most of the time when his momma was under water, he just floated at the top awaiting the next course of his gourmet dinner!
Southern Sea Otters are an endangered species with only about 3,000 remaining, all of these are along the California coast where there were once 12,000 to 18,000 otters. In the 1930s the sea otters were thought to be extinct until a small colony was found near Bixby Creek during construction of highway 1. Their range is limited from Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco, through Monterey Bay to Point Conception near Santa Barbara. Southern sea otters are about 4 feet long with males weighing 65 pounds and females 45 pounds.