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My Monterey Bay Guide

Destination(s): Monterey

Old Monterey Inn

Old Monterey Inn

  • 500 Martin Street
  • tel:+1 831 375 8284 / +1 800 350 2344(Toll Free)
  • Visit website
  • Monterey, 93940-4491
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

  • 47225 Highway One
  • tel:831-667-2315
  • Visit website
  • Monterey, 93920

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is, without a doubt, the GREAT outdoors. It's the perfect place for a daytrip of hiking along picturesque coastal trails or camping beneath a cathedral of giant redwoods. The air here is uncommonly crisp, aromatic, and rejuvenating. The views are stunning. The beaches are uncrowded. Pfeiffer State Park can convert even the most stubborn urbanite who is skeptical of the "wilderness" to a nature-worshipper. It also helps that there are clean bathrooms and warm showers (bring quarters – 25 cents for every 3 minutes). If camping, book in advance – especially to secure a site along the river. Quiet time begins at 10pm and is taken seriously by campers and park rangers. read more about Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • 886 Cannery Row
  • (at the corner of David Avenue)
  • tel:(831) 648-4888
  • Visit website
  • Monterey, 93940

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world class facility located in the heart of Cannery Row, housed (somewhat ironically) in a repurposed sardine and squid cannery at the ocean's edge. The exhibits are mesmerizing, engaging, entertaining, and simply beautiful. The interactive areas (touch pools, under-the-sea themed play area) are a huge hit with children. This is a must, especially for families. To avoid long lines and heavy crowds, buy tickets in advance (to queue in the "have tickets" line) and visit during the fall and winter months (other than holidays) between 2 and 6 P.M. During peak summer months, mid-week is best. To save money, find on-street parking around Foam St. and David St, and pack a lunch for the aquarium's picnic area. For an extra $10, get a behind-the-scenes tour. If you are visiting during the holidays, don't miss the New Years Eve black-tie gala. read more about Monterey Bay Aquarium