Pacific Grove Travel Guide

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Pacific Grove Things to Do

  • Monterey Bay Coastal Trail

    There is a nice, wide, paved recreation trail along Monterey Bay. In Pacific Grove, the path is separated into a paved bicycle-only path and an adjacent packed-dirt trail for walking, jogging, strolling, strollering, crutching, or just general BSing. Unlike the trial through Monterey, here there are no bums, but they are replaced by an even greater...

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  • Lovers Point

    Lovers Point is the biggest municipal park in Pacific Grove. It includes Lovers Point Cove--a popular swimming beach, a public swimming pool, access to the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, a small 20-space parking lot, great coastal views including Cannery Row, plenty of open grass for picnicking, and even an area famous for weddings. Fine dining can...

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  • Point Pinos Lighthouse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The west coast's oldest continuously operating lighthouse. Completed in 1855, it is located at the western edge of Pacific Grove in the middle of the Pacific Grove Golf Course about 150 yards from the rocky beach. I believe the name is Spanish and therefore pronounced "Point Peenyos" and not pronounced the English way, which sounds eerily similar...

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  • Asilomar State Beach

    5 out of 5 stars

    Asilomar Beach is a quiet stretch of beach on Sunset Drive. This is a great scenic beach. There are many cliffs jutting out as well as little coves to explore. This is not a beach for partying action, but for the more low key vacationer. There are also some gorgeous flowers which bloom right on the cliffs edges.

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  • Pacific Grove

    Downtown Pacific Grove is a quaint area which is easily walkable. It is also only 3 blocks from the beach area. There are many stores, restaurants and coffee houses to fill your time. Many are designed in that classic victorian 'San Francisco' style. You can easily kill an afternoon here. There is a movie theater, but very, very limited nightlife...

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  • Sunset Drive

    After rounding the point, Ocean View Blvd becomes Sunset Drive, which leads past a rocky and rugged Pacific coastline. Views here aren't as good as those on Ocean View Blvd, but it still is a nice drive. Later on, the drive heads inland and climbs through the uplands of the Monterey Peninsula, with occasional good views.

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  • Point Lobos State Reserve

    The Reserve opens daily at 9 A.M. Visitors must leave the reserve by the closing time posted at the ranger station Summer closing time: Daylight Savings Time: begins Sunday, April 4, 2004. No admittance after 6:30 P.M., all visitors must exit by 7 P.M. Winter closing time: Pacific Standard Time: begins Sunday, October 31, 2004 No admittance...

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  • Ocean View Blvd

    This is a beautiful drive along the Monterey coast. You can catch it from the Monterey Aquarium and drive along, where it will take you to the Pacific Grove Gate of the 17 Mile Drive. It shows some of the most dramatic scenes of the bay...from seals to fisherman, from cypress trees to aromatic foot and bike paths, along a backdrop of beautiful...

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  • Downtown Pacific Grove

    Downtown Pacific Grove is a quaint area which is easily walkable. It is also only 3 blocks from the beach area. There are many stores, restaurants and coffee houses to fill your time. Many are designed in that classic victorian 'San Francisco' style. You can easily kill an afternoon here. There is a movie theater, but very, very limited nightlife...

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  • a beautiful beach in a beautiful town

    Asilomar Beach is a quiet stretch of beach on Sunset Drive. This is a great scenic beach. There are many cliffs jutting out as well as little coves to explore. This is not a beach for partying action, but for the more low key vacationer. There are also some gorgeous flowers which bloom right on the cliffs edges.

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  • Point Pinos Lighthouse

    The west coast's oldest continuously operating lighthouse. Completed in 1855, it is located at the western edge of Pacific Grove in the middle of the Pacific Grove Golf Course about 150 yards from the rocky beach. I believe the name is Spanish and therefore pronounced "Point Peenyos" and not pronounced the English way, which sounds eerily similar...

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  • Whalers Cove.

    Here was a whaling station from 1862 to 1879. You can still see the whalers cabin, built by Chinese fishermen in the 1850's.Nowadays scuba divers enjoy the underwater world here.

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Pacific Grove Hotels

Pacific Grove Restaurants

  • cozy place for coffee

    Sometimes coffeehouses annoy me in the overkill of hipsters with laptops. This place does not seem to carry that vibe. It is a bit more diverse, with a variety of people all ages visiting and chilling out on the coaches by the fire. The coffee was ok. But quite honestly, I judge a coffehouse on the vibe in general. And overall, I liked the...

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  • Quaint restaurant in the heart of...

    This is a wonderful and cozy restaurant located in the heart of downtown. There are tables located right at the windows for excellent people watching. The waitstaff is wonderful and easy going. I had a great pasta dish for dinner, Fettucine Alfredo with Chicken. This is a scillian restaurant with excellent Italian Dishes. The next morning I had an...

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  • BEST SEAFOOD ON THE MONTEREY PENINSULA

    This restaurant is open for business. Please check out the website to make sure it is open during these difficult times for restaurants. Tucked in the beauty of the Monterey Bay area with pines and ocean sand, sits The Fishwife at Asilomar Beach seafood restaurant. The outside is plain, not much to look at but it seems to fit, just sitting there...

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  • NOW CLOSED

    THIS LANDMARK LOCATION RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED DUE TO CITY POLICY ACCORDING TO A LOCAL STILL OPEN RESTAURANT. THE RESTAURANT IS MISSED BY LOCALS AND THOSE OF US WHO VISITED THIS WONDERFUL RESTAURANT. I WILL LEAVE THE TIP FOR MEMORIES.Located in Pacific Grove, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Lovers Point, the Old Bath House restaurant, not only...

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  • NOW CLOSED

    Lattitudes is now closed. The great big foodie in the sky has claimed yet another great restaurant due to the downturn in diners. I have left this review up to remind myself about this superb dining location. There is word that another owner will come along to try their luck with the location which is in prime ocean viewing. RESTAURANT CLOSED.Tene...

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  • Point Pinos Grill - PG Municipal Golf...

    The Point Pinos Grill is located in the PG Municipal Golf Links Clubhouse, that was just constructed and opened in February, 2006 after 19 months of construction. The new facility is very nice and clean featuring beautiful stonework inside and out. The front of the building has huge plate glass windows offering diners a great view over the Monterey...

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Pacific Grove Nightlife

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    The Pelican Tavern was sold and renamed Woody’s Bayview Grill in early 2009.


    The Pelican Tavern is located in Pacific Grove, right on the edge of Monterey in the American Tin Cannery building. It is locally owned, with a growing local following. They bill themselves as a sports bar, with NFL Sunday Ticket and other sports programming, as well as 0930 opening times for the early Saturday and Sunday games. They also bring in local bands for entertainment that can be fun. Finally, they feature a variety of food and drink. Draft beers range from $3.50 for domestics to $5 for a few imports, and their beer list includes local favorites such as Fat Lip and Dragon Slayer as well as a few Irish beers like Smithwicks and Guinness. On weekends breakfast is served beginning at 0930, and they offer numerous options for lunch and dinner.

    When I lived in Monterey, we could walk here in about 10 minutes from my apartment in New Monterey. This was one of our favorite places to listen to Band of Ninjas, other than the Mucky Duck on Alvarado.

    Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday 4 to 7 pm and includes a variety of drink specials.

    Entrance inside the American Tin Cannery outlets Palican Tavern is in the American Tin Cannery

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Pacific Grove Transportation

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    Pacific Grove is in a unique location at the tip of the Monterey Peninsula, so access is limited by geography. To make matters even more difficult, between PG and Monterey is the US Army's Presidio of Monterey with no public access, and between PG and Carmel you have Pebble Beach with limited public access for a fee. So there are really on two public (& legal) ways into PG from Highway One. From downtown Monterey Lighthouse Avenue is 2 lanes in each direction, under the Custom House Plaza tunnel, through New Monterey, and putting you at Central Ave in downtown PG, one block from PG's own Lighthouse Avenue.

    From the other direction near Carmel, you can take State Highway 68 (Holmen Highway) from Hwy 1 into PG. This route is a narrow, twisty, 2-lane route that cuts between the Presidio of Monterey and Pebble Beach while passing through the Del Monte Forest. Upon entering PG you are on Forest Drive which leads you into downtown PG. A left after the shopping centers puts you on Sunset drive and takes you to Asilomar Beach and beautiful Ocean View Drive. During the local "rush hour" Hwy 68 can get very busy where it meets Hwy 1 and at the entrance to the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP!), so the city is planning to improve this route in the near future (http://www.monterey.org/publicworks/holman_hwy/description.html).

    And since PG has no airport, no public docks or boat ramps, and no railroad, the only other way into town is walking or biking along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail.

    Along the recreation trail in PG

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Pacific Grove Local Customs

  • Pacific Grove Triathlon

    To me, Pacific Grove is a surprising place for a big event like a triathlon, but this quiet little town has been if full support of this significant event since 1995. Each year about 2000 competitors converge on this little town for the three-day event that is centered around Lovers Point.On Friday you will find an expo set up in the parking lot at...

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  • PG's new farmers market

    In summer 2008, after must discussion, planning, and hand-wringing over the potential negatives, Pacific Grove finally approved their Farmer's Market. This is a nice little farmers market that has about 10 veggie booths offering all types of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, and flowers. They also have about 6 or 8 food booths, mostly from the smaller...

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  • PG's annual Feast of Lanterns

    Pacific Grove's annual Feast of Lanterns began in 1905, during the time of the tenuous relationship between the Chinese immigrants and the local European population. Today the festival attempts to honor the very same Chinese who were forced out of the area after their community on Cannery Row was destroyed by a suspicious fire.The Feast of Lanterns...

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Pacific Grove Warnings and Dangers

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Feb 3, 2007

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    There are more wild animals than you would expect in the Monterey area. The obvious ones are the sea lions and otters in the Bay, which have their dangers if you decide to jump in and wrestle with them. Other animals you might see include the raccoons all over downtown and the deer in Pacific Grove. Raccoons could carry diseases such as rabies and the deer might put a little dent in the hood of your car.

    At Point Pinos, we also saw a sign announcing that mountain lions had been spotted in the area. Their advice: don't run, don't stand still, don't yell, don't be quiet, don't approach, don't retreat, don't hike alone, don't hike with children...basically the only thing they can offer is fight a mountain lion if you see it. Woo hoo! Just like Davie Crockett.

    Nice buck! Crow at Asilomar Deer at the Presidio Sea gull at Asilomar Mamas (?) and baby

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Pacific Grove Off The Beaten Path

  • VISIT THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY

    Starting around October, the Monarch Butterfly starts to show up in Pacific Grove. They can come as far away as Canada and Mexico. The present sanctuary gets an average of 25,000 Monarch Butterflies in the season, which runs from late Autumn till Spring. It is worth going to see them in the trees and flying around when the sun is out. Located off...

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  • Old Monterey-PG Railway Grade Trail

    Monterey's first train, which began in 1880, was Southern Pacific's Del Monte Express. It operated from San Francisco to Pacific Grove's Lover's Point until it was disbanded in 1971. While the train originally stopped at Lover's point, it later was extended a few miles around the bend at Point Pinos and to the edge of Pebble Beach, mainly for the...

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  • Harbor Seals "Haul Out" at Hopkins...

    Hopkins Marine Station is a Stanford University research area in Pacific Grove. Their facilities sit on Cabrillo Point (also called Mussel Point), and are surrounded by an area known as Hopkins State Marine Reserve. Like other areas on the Bay, this point has sea otters, seals, and sea lions. What makes this area really unique is that it's the...

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Pacific Grove Favorites

  • Pacific Grove's Smaller Parks

    Everyone knows about beautiful Asilomar State Beach, Lovers Point Park, and the Monarch Butterfly Refuge, but there are other quiet, natural places in Wander in Pacific Grove, that have fewer tourists. Besides Asilomar, the city has about 168 acres of shoreline parks, local neighborhood parks, and larger community parks.George Washington Park is...

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  • Wacky Steinbeck Statue on Central Ave

    On Central Avenue you might notice an odd-looking 8 foot tall golden statue of local author John Steinbeck in front of an overgrown, run down shack of a mansion. This is a notorious local icon known by some as the Steinbeck Statue, and known by others as the Colossus of Gold. What the odd statue officially marked was the John Steinbeck Arthurian...

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  • Ketcham's Barn -- small museum and...

    Ketcham's Barn was built in downtown PG some hundred years ago. The barn itself is not much these days, but there is a nice little open area adjacent, which contains a nice fountain, several benches, and some beautiful plants.Since 1982 the Pacific Grove Heritage Society has been housed in this old barn. Inside you will often find a cheerful...

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