Seaside Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
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Seaside Things to Do

  • Japanese Obon Festival

    The Japanese Obon Festival is an annual event held at the Monterey Buddhist Temple in Seaside. The small festival is held in and around a beautiful temple, and it offers a variety of simple Japanese foods (such as teriyaki and odon), free Japanese tea, children's activities, a bookstore, flower arrangements, and more. Guest may wander though the...

  • Check out the message dune

    There is a giant sand dune in Seaside right at the Highway 1 exit for Fremont and Del Monte Boulevards. This landmark is not only spectacular in its size, but also for the unique messages that people create out of the local ice plant. The 12 August 2007 Monterey Herald had a great article by Clarissa Aljentera, called "With kelp and ice plant,...

  • Visit nearby Marina

    The city of Marina stretches 5 miles along the Monterey Bay and was incorporated in 1975. This town has a large Asian population, meaning numerous great Korean restaurants and shops that many locals visit. I also enjoy traveling to Marina for the great beach called Marina State Beach, and for the fabulous local microbrewery called English Ales on...


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Seaside Restaurants

  • Phở King ... made it past the...

    I had driven by Phở King restaurant in Seaside and laughed aloud each time. If you aren't familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, it might not be funny, but Pho King is pronounced more like Fuh King, so it's kind of a play on words that slipped by the Caucasian censor (listen to the word "Phở" at...

  • The Orient Restaurant -- Fremont Blvd,...

    The Orient Restaurant is a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant located in the University Plaza of Seaside (don't go looking for the university, doesn't exist). We were going to stop in at Baan/Barn Thai, but we just had Thai last week, so we decided to look and see what else this small shopping center had to offer. Fuji Sushi sounded good, but then we...

  • Ol' Factory Cafe - Sand City

    One of my new favorite places in the Monterey area is the Ol' Factory Cafe! This hip little spot is way off the beaten path in Seaside's West End, an area of light industry and art studios. They feature art, coffee, good food, plenty of beer, live music, and an interesting clientèle. They pride themselves in being a "green" establishment and they...

  • Ichi Riki Sushi Restaurant (Del Monte...

    A good local Japanese joint, Ichi-Riki specializes in sushi and features a very large sushi bar, but they also offer a variety of other Japanese dishes such as tempura, teriyaki, sukiyaki, and various combination meals for lunch and dinner. I had the Chirashi dinner for about $16 which included a good salad and tofu miso soup. My Kirin Ichiban beer...

  • Jim's Chinese Restaurant

    Jim's Chinese -- funny name, best Chinese around! Jim's is just a little hole in the wall place with only eight little tables, located along Del Monte Ave in Seaside. We stopped in late one Saturday afternoon and had a wonderful meal. They didn't have Szechuan dishes, so I decided on the spicy Mongolian beef (around $8) and Laura had a chicken dish...

  • Khans Kabob House -- Hamilton/Fremont...

    We wandered in one Sunday afternoon perhaps 30 minutes before closing. When we entered the front door, we were greeted with a variety of smells of Asian and Middle Eastern spices and meats. Before sitting at one of the four small wooden tables and getting our food we wandered through the two or three aisles of groceries that include spices,...

  • Orient Express Korean Restaurant

    The Orient Express is one of many Korean restaurants in the area, but it seems to be the only one in Seaside. I had lunch here one Friday afternoon when there were about 6 or 8 tables, certainly not a busy day for this very large restaurant. I had the bibimbap, one of my all-time favorite Korean dishes. At Orient Express it costs $8 and comes with...

  • Stammstisch German Restaurant - Seaside

    Stammstisch roughly translates into "regulars' table" and is the term given to a seat at the bar or a table in a German guesthaus or biergarten that is usually reserved for local regular customers. Stammstisch is also a very authentic German restaurant in Seaside, CA, just a few miles from Monterey. We have been planning to check this place out for...

  • Curly's Barbecue (Fremont Street)

    Barbecue is one of the types of restaurants that is pretty rare in the Monterey area. Curly's in Seaside is only the second place I've found in and around Monterey. Unlike its rival just a mile or two down Fremont -- Buzzard's Backyard BBQ -- Curly's isn't trying to impress anyone with their style or decor. But that only serves to make it more...

  • Turtle Bay Taqueria

    Turtle Bay Taqueria is an great little Mexican seafood spot with some great food and quick service. Their focus is cuisine of coastal Mexico and Belize including fresh seafood, local produce, and imported spices and marinades. This small location is attached to the slightly nicer sister restaurant, Fishwife. It features plenty of outdoor seating,...

  • Shinla Korean Restaurant (Marina)

    Shinla is a tiny little Korean restaurant off the beaten path in Marina. During our last visit, we had a great lunch of dolsot bibimbap (the Korean-style salad in a hot stone pot) and beef bulgogi lunch special with rice. Both meals cost under $10 and included warm grain tea and a nice variety of traditional Korean side dishes such as kimchi, fish...

  • Fishwife (Fremont Street)

    According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language:fishwifen. pl. fish·wives1. A woman who sells fish.2. A woman regarded as coarse and shrewishly abusive.Since the women (and man) at Fishwife were not overly abusive, I'll assume the name of the establishment refers to definition one, those who sell fish. And do they sell fish! I...


Seaside Shopping

  • Seaside's Mile of Cars

    Seaside Auto Mall takes up a big chunk of the town of Seaside. The mall itself has about 20 major car dealers and there are dozens of parts stores, smaller dealers, repair shops, and other automotive-related businesses in the surrounding area. Seaside Auto Mall is marked by its two big rusty art towers and its three of traffic circles, which are...

  • Han Kook Market 한국...

    The Han Kook Market, whose name should probably be written as "Hanguk" meaning "Korean," is a simple little Korean shop in Seaside. They offer standard Korean food available in most similar markets from coffees and teas to spices and marinades. They also have section frozen with a variety of mandu dumplings and Korean style cuts of meat, a fresh...

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Seaside Off The Beaten Path

  • Sand City's West End Celebration

    Sand City's West End Celebration is one of the smaller local festivals and one that is attended mainly by locals. At the same time, it is one of the more fun local events and certainly worth a trip (much better than Monterey's Turkish or Greek Festivals, or the Cannery Row Block Party).The West End Celebration is a festival for the area's growing...

  • Frog Pond Wetland Preserve - Del Rey...

    The Frog Pond Wetland Preserve is maintained and operated by Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. This tiny 17 acre park is open for pedestrians only and has about one mile of hiking trails. The park is surrounded by houses or road on all four sides, and has a variety of habitats including a freshwater pond, small grassy meadows, marshes, and...

  • Seaside's Murals

    Seaside has a few Murals worth checking out if you have nothing better to do. One that I like is on Del Monte next to Jim's Chinese. This mural features Monterey's endangered plant and animal species. Another is at the Campo Santo Mausoleum in Mission Memorial park. Seaside also has a few murals by Salinas artist John Cerney located in view of...


Seaside Favorites

  • CSU Monterey Bay

    California State University Monterey Bay opened in 1994 in Seaside, California. It is on a small part of the site of the former Fort Ord which closed the same year. CSUMB now has about 3,500 students, and the campus is still growing and developing parts of the old army fort.Leon Panetta, a Monterey native and former White House Chief of Staff to...

  • Fort Ord

    The former US Army installation called Fort Ord covers some 28,000 acres in the cities of Seaside, Marina, & Del Rey Oaks, as well as Monterey County. The area of the fort was first used by the army during the Civil War, and it became an official Army post in 1917. This was one of the Army's major training facilities for soldiers leaving for World...

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