Coast Guard Pier, Monterey

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  • Not a lot here except for a nice park and diving expeditions on weekends and holidays. There is a nice bar and finning joint near the harbor masters office.  more »
  • This is a working Pier. It's not the prettiest fear in Monterey or on the California coast. Facing into the bay, the right side of the pier is closed off for working vessels. The left side of the pier...  more »
  • They have blocked off a lot of the area you could see the seals from. Sometimes you can look over the edge and the seals are right there on the rocks. They were further out this time and it was harder...  more »
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  • I walked here last year in August. It was a good place to take a walk. You can hear sea lions at a distance. Bring a camera and depending on the weather, you may need a sweater or light jacket because it does get breezy in the evenings.
  • The sign reads, enter at your own risk. Certainly found it to be a risk worth taking. The ocean was calm but the sea lions weren't. Sounds of their barks bounced off the water for miles. Totally worth it! Jelly and star fish were just two of the many sea critters we witnessed on this little trek. Loved it!
  • Ugly little pear, but apparently popular place to fish. Convenient parking adjacent to the pier. Facing into Monterey Bay, the right side of the pier is blocked off for government property. The left side of the pier is open for viewing and fishing. Not a great view from this location.
  • From high in the hills above, within the Steinbeck Cottage, when the Monterey Bay mist rolled in and the night was still, we heard a honking and hoarse barking from the direction of below that intrigued us. We thought it was some form of fog-horn. Perhaps ropes straining on vessels riding at anchor. Some form of motor horn popular with the younger set, possibly. The honking and barking were still there next morning, when the fog had cleared and the Southern California sun sparkled on the passion-flowers in Pacific Grove gardens, so we set out to solve the mystery. Canny sonic detective work and dedicated sauntering led us to the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, thence via Cannery Row to the US Coast Guard Pier, where the honking was loudest, though not connected, we understand, with protecting the coast. The Coast Guard pier has a walking side and a mooring side. Below the pier is the gathering place of California Sea Lions, purveyors of honking and barking to the carriage trade. At the western extremity of the pier, fenced off, and no wonder, is a colony of Brandt’s Cormorants, squabblers and shriekers, all orders promptly attended to. Both species can be observed lolling and rolling and paddling and diving in the blue-green, bronze-kelped water of the Bay from the western end of the pier’s walking side, and from our limited observation of the Monterey locale, this is much the best place to admire them. The mooring side has an abundance of service boats, plus ramshackle sheds, weathered planks, masts, banners, oars and spars and similar maritime paraphernalia. This forms the best spectacle for sea-side sauntering, we feel. A too-tidy wharf is an unrewarding vista. For any connoisseur of signage, the Coast Guard Pier offers an abundance of signage. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign. None of their messages spoiled our pleasure, for we are naturally compliant folk. The concourse at the entrance to the pier offers some parking, and yes, toilets. There is some sort of food shop, but we didn’t explore it. We came to identify the source of various honkings heard from above during a fog, and we would rather go hungry than be deflected from our purpose.
  • This is one of the few places that you can get somewhat close to the sea lions and if you're lucky get an unobstructed picture. Unfortunately there are two fairly heavy duty fences impeding your view. Sometimes they will swim over to you and if you look around you will even see some sea otters
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