Monterey Bay, Monterey

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Skirted with protected areas, Monterey Bay teems with wildlife, including otters, seals, dolphins and whales. Areas around the bay are protected marine lands with dynamic ecosystems that you can explore on foot. Consider enjoying the bay's crisp waters on one of the beaches hugging the coastline or visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A drive along the coastal road is another way to see the area that provides views and plenty of opportunities to pull off for photos. To visit Monterey Bay and other attractions in Monterey, use our Monterey travel planner.
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  • We took this in our first outing in the area. The drive was breathtaking. Many places to stop and pull over. Lots to do and see in the area. Plan on coming back.  more »
  • Be prepared for it to be chilly and very windy. We were there in July and you needed jeans and a jacket to stay comfortable, but the scenery is gorgeous.  more »
  • Monteray was a disappointment it was very touristy and was overrun with tourists. Wasn't my cup of tea but some folks like places like this  more »
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed the local ocean life on a whale watching tour aboard Blue Ocean Whale Watch. Then we walked down Cannery Row and shopped and ate the local cuisine. All the way at the end we discovered and visited the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Great place. Really nice walk all the way from the beach to the aquarium. I would recommend doing the whale watching. If you can drive up to Moss Landing, they start closer to where the whales are so you will likely be one of the first boats there.
  • Monterey Bay is probably one of the most pristine beautiful places in the United States! I have lived ALL over the U.S. in my life, but when I was ready to retire, this was the place for me. (AND I've never regretted moving here)! Monterey bay is a natural paradise. The wildlife explodes from this place. Whales, dolphins, sea otters, deer, flying arsenals of pelicans and snow geese! Seals are everywhere and you can hear the males barking for miles! One never tires OF A trip to the beach, or a drive ALONG the bay or the ocean! WATER sports OF all kinds are available, from kayaking, to sailing, TO wind surfing and board surfing! Just to stroll along the HUNDREDS of miles of Paths ALONG the bay is time well spent! THE rocky shore gives children and adults alike an opportunity to view sea creatures in the tide pools! ( I saw an octopus THE other day) ! Otters can be seen from the shore frolickknf and playing with their babies as they ride the waves on their BACKS! Whales can also be seen spouting a couple hundred yards from shore, AND some times they'll leap out of the water and splash down, shooting water into the air. Dolphins (usually traveling in packs) can be seen PLAYING and jumping through the waves. At times you might be lucky enough to catch a (FEEDING FRENZY) where seals, dolphins, pelicans, and other sea birds defend ON A school of small fish and they all go crazy FIGHTING for their share of the feast. It ends AS quickly as it begins as the small fish are devoured or head for deeper water to avoid the predators. If there is such a thing as "PARADISE"? Monterey Bay fits the bill! Truly majestic and spectacular!
  • Just an awesome place to live or visit. Great place to spend some time by yourself or with good friend's. Love the ocean and seafood then this is a must. Recommend getting a place for couple nights to really experience Monterey. Note: Santa Cruz & Boardwalk not to far down the coast. Nice drive between them.
  • One of the most natural and beautiful places to experience many of mother nature's gifts.
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