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Day Trip to Monterey Bay and Carmel from Oakland
"Your tour begins in with a morning departure to Monterey Bay. The first stop will be at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (admission not included) we will spend approx. 1 hour and 30 mins at one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. The aquarium's great exhibition offers visitors a rich educational resource and is a northern California attraction not to be missed. Later you will explore the historical value of the old Fisherman's Wharf which lies between merchant ships and cruise ships on the bay. Cannery Row factory will be another stop along the way. Along the 17-mile California coast you will travel on you will enjoy the view of the bay which has a reputation for its wildlife
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Day Trip to Monterey Bay and Carmel from Oakland
"Your tour begins in with a morning departure to Monterey Bay. The first stop will be at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (admission not included) we will spend approx. 1 hour and 30 mins at one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. The aquarium's great exhibition offers visitors a rich educational resource and is a northern California attraction not to be missed. Later you will explore the historical value of the old Fisherman's Wharf which lies between merchant ships and cruise ships on the bay. Cannery Row factory will be another stop along the way. Along the 17-mile California coast you will travel on you will enjoy the view of the bay which has a reputation for its wildlife
From $75.00
 
Day Trip to Monterey Bay and Carmel from Oakland
"Your tour begins in with a morning departure to Monterey Bay. The first stop will be at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (admission not included) we will spend approx. 1 hour and 30 mins at one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. The aquarium's great exhibition offers visitors a rich educational resource and is a northern California attraction not to be missed. Later you will explore the historical value of the old Fisherman's Wharf which lies between merchant ships and cruise ships on the bay. Cannery Row factory will be another stop along the way. Along the 17-mile California coast you will travel on you will enjoy the view of the bay which has a reputation for its wildlife
From $75.00

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Go To Big Sur

if you are visiting the Hearst Castle Historical State Park after a walk through of Monterey and Carmel with lost of spare time or having 2 to 3 day extra time, I would suggest a timely stop along Big Sur and the historic Highway 1 that straddles the Santa Lucia Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean for spectacular panoramic vistas for a picture perfect view. Big usr is located roughly 40 miles south of monterey along the famous Bixby and Rocky Creek Bridges and there are many nature related activities in big sur like hiking trails, white water rafting, camping areas and more. Stay overnite then proceed to the Hearst Castle.

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machomikemd
May 05, 2012

Commercial Wharf

Officially named Municipal Wharf II (but usually called Commercial Wharf or Wharf II) this structure was built in 1926 to ease congestion on Fisherman's Wharf (or Municipal Wharf I). It hosts several commercial fishing operations, a couple of great restaurants, and the local fancy yacht club. This structure is next to the open beach along the Monterey Bay and is lined with about 100 metered parking spaces. At the end of the wharf is a fish market, with fresh seafood, straight off the boat! This is also a good spot to see the sunset over the city.

This is a great place to check out the yachts, see some otters and sea lions, and grab a bite to eat at Lou Lou's or the Sandbar and Grill, two of my favorite restaurants in town.

Many locals head out here to enjoy the water without being run over by the crowds of Fishermans wharf.

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Ewingjr98
Jun 21, 2008

Alisomar State Beach

One of Monterey's most beautiful beaches, this one is somewhat out of the way. It offers a lot of outdoor activities, and is an excellent place to watch a sunset. Dead kelp plants often wash up onto the shore here.

Take State Highway 1 south. Exit at Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove. Turn left on Sunset Drive in Pacific Grove. Follow Sunset Drive to the beach.

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Tom_Fields
Nov 23, 2007

Carmel, (Clint Eastwood was once Mayor here)

This is a very cool village about 10 miles or less south of Monterey. A very artsy downtown with plenty of galleries, coffeeshops, beautiful outdoor cafes, and anything that is for the more wealthier set. The small downtown leads right to the ocean, with an absolutly beautiful beach, which I feel has the some of the biggest and best sand dunes in the Central Coast.

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tvdandy
Oct 11, 2006
 
 
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A secluded beach

While driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway, we saw some deserted beaches that seemed ideal for enjoying the sun and sand. Not sure if it was safe to go in the water, but if your happy just getting your feet wet, then this should be perfect.

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CJD68
Aug 07, 2003

Sunsets at Carmel

Along with beautiful beaches, Carmel has a awe inspiring sunset. Bring a glass of wine, relax with a loved one.

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tvdandy
May 22, 2008

Kids and Rocks

Here we are on the 17 mile scenic drive and where we like to camp out and play on the beach at Pacific Grove

georgeberz
Sep 23, 2005

Pacific Coast Hwy north of Monterey

We enjoyed many stops on the ride up toward San Francisco. There were hidden beaches, the ocean crashing on rocks, light houses and beautiful wild flowers scattered along the way.

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Jul 25, 2003

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"Watching the Sunset in Monterey..."
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"City by the Sea"
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"Monterey, Ca~"
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"Monterey - Beginning of the U.S. tour"
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"Monterey and Its Beautiful Big Sur Country"
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Fisherman's Wharf

This is located to the right of the Old Fisherman's Pier. The plaque reads: We dedicate this monument, The Fisherman, by Artist Jesse Corsaut, to those who made a living from the riches of the sea,...
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17 Mile Drive

17 mile drive is a gated drive around the ocean in the Pebble beach area. it costs about 10 dollars per car and although beautiful doesn't really contain anything ( other than the golf courses) that...
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Maritime Museum

I noticed a show Trancendental Visions are the website. It turned out to be a Day of the Dead show. Then I realized that the show was a virtual show. Pretty cool! I thought this kind of stuff only...
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Whale Watching

We had such an outstanding trip with the Monterey Bay Whale Watch! Our trip lasted for 3 hours and the boat ride alone was fun, not to mention the whale! And did we see whales! Besure to read about...
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Dennis the Menace Park

It's not often you find a playground that is as much fun for adults as it is for the kids. The Dennis the Menace Park in El Estero Lake. The playground was designed by Hank Ketcham, creator of the...
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Cannery Row

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail runs along what use to be old Southern Pacific railroad tracks that serviced Cannery Row. Lots of folks including ourselves walking along and enjoying the sights...
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