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  • 1. 17 Mile Drive

    The community of Pebble Beach is actually an unincorporated area run by a corporation rather than by an elected government but it falls under a census designated place called Del Monte Forest. Del...

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  • 2. Photography

    Monterey has the largest population of raccoons I've ever seen in a city, small town, or the country. Some nights near the wharves, just after dark, you'll see a mess of coons sneaking out from under...

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  • 3. Schools

    The US Navy's institute for higher learning, Naval Postgraduate School awards just under 2,000 Master's degrees each year in areas such as international studies, information technology, engineering,...

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  • 4. Coastal Views / Beaches

    Near the entrance to Fishermans Wharf, yet seldom noticed, is Monterey's statue of Santa Rosalia. This statue was erected in 1929 "in memory of those courageous Sicilian fishermen whose labors and...

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  • 5. Cannery Row

    you can do Bus tours from the San Francisco Bay Area to Monterey if you want to save on gas and there are a lot of companies that offer day tours to Monterey and the options and many like a whole day...

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  • 6. Walk / Hike / Play

    Monterey County Weekly (http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/) is the paper the locals read for the best entertainment listings. It features the annual "Best of Monterey County" listings, as well as...

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  • 7. Sea Life

    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...

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  • 8. Monterey Bay Aquarium

    One side of the aquarium building is a continuous 3 story aquarium. At first I didn't realize it was all the same aquarium, there is just so much to see, but when I finally caught on, I was amazed at...

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  • 9. Golf / Other Sports & Recreation

    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...

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  • 10. Visitors Center & Old French Consulate

    My first stop ever in Monterey, after filling my tank at the now demolished Valero Station, was to swing by the visitors center at El Estero Park for...

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  • 11. Osio Theater

    The Osio Cinemas is one of those small, local theaters that every town should have, but most just can't stay in business. The Osio creates its niche by showing...

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  • 12. Coast Guard in Monterey

    Monterey's Coast Guard station was established in 1946. Station Monterey is under the operational control of Coast Guard Group San Francisco. Monterey's CG...

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  • 13. Monterey Peninsula Artists

    Ever heard of Monterey Peninsula Artists? Probably not, but your favorite singer certainly has. They are an agency for a bunch of singers of all genres,...

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  • 14. Spanish Architecture

    Many buildings constructed in the early 1800s still stand in Monterey. They are great examples of Spanish Architecture with their adobe walls, pitched terra...

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  • 15. Flowers of Monterey

    The streets and parks of Monterey have a wide variety of plants and flowers. The running trails, parks, and city streets are full of a variety of flowers...

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  • 16. Golden State Theater

    The Golden State Theater, when it opened in 1926, was the largest theater between San Francisco and Los Angeles. After major changes and remodeling over the...

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  • 17. Famous Names in Monterey

    As I drive & walk around Monterey I often see street names that make me wonder who these people were...important enough to get a street named after them, they...

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  • 18. El Camino Real

    El Camino Real--the King's Highway--is a series of roads from San Diego to San Francisco which connected Spain's 21 missions, 3 pueblos (or towns located in LA,...

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  • 19. Spanish Influence in Monterey

    Besides the Presidio of Monterey, there are other sites that recognize the local Spanish heritage in the Monterey area. I recently visited the Spanish Cross on...

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  • 20. Budweiser - King of all Beers?

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of...

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  • 21. Great Lessor Known Places in Monterey Bay Area

    Some others have included the Pebble Beach 17 mile drive as a "thing to do" under Monterrey, which is for locals certainly incorrrect. Pebble Beach is its own...

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  • 22. Plants

    I think this tree at the gate of the PG school is the Golden Mimosa Tree, or Cootamundra Wattle. If that is so, the Mimosa or Acadia is an invasive species in...

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  • 23. 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...

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  • 24. Town of Salinas, California

    Visit the town of Salinas, which is just east of Monterey via California Highway 68. This town is the birthplace of famous Nobel Prize winning author John...

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