Monterey Bay is well-known for marine life watching, including the Humpback Whale, the Grey Whale, Orcas, dolphins, otters, seals, sharks and other sea life. In November 2013 a large pod of about 20 Orcas entered the bay, attracted by a gigantic school of anchovies . A trip down Cannery Row, lovingly coined by John Steinbeck, is a fun family encounter where the energetic present merges with Monterey’s rich historic past. Visit excellent restaurants, shops, the Fisherman’s Wharf and the world-famous Monterey Aquarium.
Activities are limited only by imagination, and include site seeing, whale and other wildlife-watching and fishing tours, world-class golf, biking, hiking, running events, kayaking, surfing, spas, world-class dining, shopping, and much more. Planning a special event, such as a wedding? Only an original Monet could eclipse the gorgeous photographs from a wedding overlooking the gorgeous bluffs, over which settles tangerine, berry pink and lithe blue skies spilling into the soothing churn of Monterey Bay.
Motorsports enthusiast? Get your motor running with a quick trip to Laguna Seca to participate in crowd appreciation at annual events, such as the Continental Monterey Grand Prix, the Ferrari Challenge, FIM Superbike World Championship and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Golf enthusiasts be sure to reserve your t-time, stay, spa and dinner at renowned Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay, Del Monte or Pacific Grove golf courses. As for a place to lay your head, well, choices range from inexpensive motel rooms to lavish ocean view rental homes.
Restaurants in Monterey County are endowed with fresh fish, succulent local and regional oysters and other shellfish, along with local wild game and sun-ripened organic vegetables from the rich, fertile valleys of Monterey County. Relish delicious, award-winning meals for every discriminating palette, including seafood, Italian, French, and Asian cuisine. Enjoy superb, award-winning concoctions, such as duck-breast Escabeche, Saffron-Parsnip puree and Escargot Risotto served up by Mundaka in Carmel.
Try the famous family burger, Grandad’s hot turkey san, Junior’s homemade lasagna, Teacup’s calamari steak sandwich, Mama’s shrimp Louie, Pop’s roasted turkey Rueben and Uncle Mack’s New York steak sandwich at Rosine’s Restaurant in Monterey. Enjoy French classics such as steamed mussels, escargots de Bourgogne in garlic butter, and signature duck a l’orange at Fifi’s Bistro Café in Pacific Grove. .
Start planning your Monterey Bay vacay with the city of Monterey website: (www.monterey.org).