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Monterey--The Other California Bay

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An April 2000 trip to Monterey by Barb B

Scuba Diving at Monterey Breakwater Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: Since my husband and I are both SCUBA divers, we have stayed in Monterey many-many times. We live in Northern California and frequently take our students to Monterey for checkout dives. It is also a wonderful place for non-divers to enjoy romantic weekends.

Monterey--The Other California Bay

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Diving in Monterey Photo, Monterey, California
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The city of Monterey has soooo many tourist attractions, it is hard to know where to begin. The restaurants are fantastic, the aquarium is marvelous, the museums are excellent, the hotels/B&B's are elegant, and the SCUBA diving is Fantastic! Since my husband and I are both SCUBA divers (He is a NAUI Instructor, and I am an assistant instructor.) our favorite attraction is, of course, the beautiful underwater world or the Monterey Bay. The tourist attractions are many and the SCUBA Diving is superb! Monterey is sometimes referred to as the city of Butterflies because of the swarms of monarch butterflies found there in the spring. Quick Tips: In the city of Monterey, you will a...Read More

Casa Munras Garden Hotel

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Hotel

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If you are primarily interested in SCUBA diving in Monterey, the Casa Munras is a good place to stay. They have rooms where you can park right in front of your room (a definite plus if you are just returning from the beach in a sandy wetsuit!). You will not be frowned upon by fellow hotel guests! The rooms are simple, with shuttered windows, cosy feather quilts, in room coffee and somewhat of a rustic flavor. Yet very clean and comfortable. (Note--the rooms tend to be a bit small- so be warned.) The pool is nice, but if you just got out of the ocean--why bother?? The hotel's location is within walking distance of the historic area, Canary Row, the acquarium and Fishermans Wharf with its wonderful...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2000

Casa Munras Garden Hotel
700 Munras Avenue
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 375-2411

Embassy Suites Monterey Bay - Seaside

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites"

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One of Monterey's newest hotels. Actually in Del Rey Oaks, just outside the city of Monterey. Nice (although typical) suites include 2 TVS, data port, microwave and fridge. Evening cocktail reception is served in the very pleasant lobby which has a stream and waterfall and marble sculptures of fish and sea mammals. Cooked to order breakfast and breakfast buffet is included. Twelve story hotel, some rooms with a view of the Bay (higher floors have the best views). Note, this hotel is NOT within walking distance of most Monterey attractions. There is a nice park next to the hotel for walks, but you will need to drive or take a cab to area restaurants, the aquarium, fishermans' wharf or other attra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2000

Embassy Suites Monterey Bay - Seaside
1441 Canyon Del Rey
Seaside, California 93955
(831) 393-1115

Sardine Factory

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Restaurant | "The Sardine Factory"

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A wonderful dining experience, with out-of-this world seafood and an extensive wine list! BUT(!) KNOW what you are getting into! This is a lovely wood and red velour walled place, BUT with MANY-many blue-haired folks. For a romantic week-end with your sweetie, this is totally perfect - World class cuisine and as good a wine list as I've ever seen! Enjoy your wonderful dinner, make a selection from the extensive wine list, then sit by the fire with your cognac afterward! But--If you are a tired, scuba diver, (who has dressed up specifically to come here), and you are famished--FORGET IT!! The service is attentive--Great when you want a lovely, private evening--but excessive when you are (really) starvi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2000

Sardine Factory
701 Wave St
Monterey, California 93940
+1 831 373 3775

Tilie Gort's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Tillie Gort's"

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This is a light-meal, coffee house type place (not a place for a major dinner). They serve sandwiches, deserts and coffee. Lots of bean sprouts, veggies, croissant sandwiches and ladies dressed in clothing reminiscent of the 60's (Maybe this is where all the flower ladies have gone???). The desserts are ALL exceptional; the cheesecakes are some of the best I've tasted on the West Coast. All ways/shapes & sizes of coffee and teas are available. The sandwiches are all made with the freshest of ingredients and are very reasonably priced. The ambiance is pleasant and the people watching is fun!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2000

Tilie Gort's Cafe
111 Central Ave
Pacific Grove, California 93950
+1 831 373 0335

Stammtisch Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Stammtisch-Germany without Jet Lag! "

Stammtisch Restaurant Photo, Monterey, California
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We didn’t want much, just to dine in an authentic German restaurant with good food, pleasant surroundings, lots of choices and reasonable prices! AND, we wanted this within easy driving distance of the city of Monterey! We would be dining with our good friend Hildegard (a native of Bamberg, in Germany’s Northern Bavaria region) who currently lives in Monterey. We found all of these elements at the charmingly unpretentious German restaurant - Stammtisch - in the nearby city of Seaside. When visiting in Germany, you frequently notice a dining table bearing a small card with the word "Stammtisch". Although not easily translated, the word vaguely indicates that this tabl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

Stammtisch Restaurant
1204 Echo Ave
Monterey 93955
(831) 899-3070

Scuba Diving at Monterey Breakwater

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Attraction | "SCUBA Diving at Monterey's Breakwater"

Scuba Diving at Monterey Breakwater Photo, Monterey, California
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This dive site is a good site for new or inexperienced divers. It is frequently used by instructors for their student-checkout dives. A fairly secure dive with maxmum depth of about 30 feet. Also a great place for night dives, since the breakwater above the dive site is lit. Parking is available, but be warned: GET THERE EARLY--with both boaters and divers competing for space, the parking area fills up fast! Take lots of quarters to feed the meters!! Because the Coast Guard Breakwater juts out into Monterey Bay at this spot, it is a good vantage point for non-divers to view the divers below. A huge contingent of sea lions rests on the rocks at the end of the Breakwater. The bot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2000

Scuba Diving at Monterey Breakwater
Highway 1
Monterey, California

Lovers Point Park

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Attraction | "A walk at Lovers' Point"

Lovers Point Park Photo, Pacific Grove, California
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A quiet walk along the beach at Lovers' Point is always a pleasant experience, even if the day is overcast and rainy. On a sunny and clear day you can watch the SCUBA divers as the enter and leave the water from the sheltered cove area or from the more exposed bay side. Parking is available near the grassy park area. In the grassy park area, you can enjoy marble sculptures of fish and butterflies (Butterflies are one of the city symbols of Monterey). As you walk along the manicured paths and enjoy the flowers, you can see the commarants on the nearby rocks and hear the cry of the seagulls overhead. This is the area of the bay which was once the home of the numerous sardines which made Monter...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2000

Lovers Point Park
Ocean View Blvd. and 17th St.
Pacific Grove, California

The Barnyard

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Attraction | "Shopping at THE BARNYARD"

The Barnyard Photo, Monterey, California
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Beneath the watchful eye of the rooster on the weathervane high above, dozens of cherry-cheeked gnomes peer out from their nook tucked beneath the wooden stairway. A cascade of fountains and waterfalls rush to the fishpond below, and background music is provided by a symphony of hundreds of wind chimes each tinkling its own special melody in the gentle breeze. We needed to liven things up--the backyard garden of our home was dull and sorely in need of some creative new garden ornaments and decorations. So a visit to the Succulent Garden Shop in The Barnyard Shopping Complex in Carmel Valley was at the top of our schedule during a recent trip to the Monterey Peninsula area....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 28, 2001

The Barnyard
Highway One at Carmel Valley Road
Monterey, California 93923
(831) 624-1803

Fisherman's Wharf

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Attraction | "Old Fisherman's Wharf"

Fisherman's Wharf Photo, Monterey, California
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Gone are the days when wrinkled Sicilian fishermen clad in flannel shirts and black knee high rubber boots walked the length of the pier at the Old Fisherman’s wharf in Monterey. Thankfully, gone also is the smell of those inevitable Toscani cigars(UGH!). No longer do we see fisherwives with buckets of fish ready for preparation of the midday cioppino, or hear the pound of wooden mallets as they beat freshly caught abalone into mouthwatering tenderness. The century old Wharf was originally built by local shipping companies to accommodate steam schooners bringing cargo and merchandise to the general stores along Alvarado Street. Eventually, it became Headquarters for the wholesale fish ship...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2001

Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, California 93940