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A June 2001 trip to Monterey by g3

Adventures by the Sea Photo, Monterey, California More Photos
Quote: A visit to the Monterey Peninsula in central California is sure to please. Whether you are in search of pampered relaxation or multi-sport activities, the Peninsula has it all.

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Overview

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The cities of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea are musts, each offering tremendous dining and shopping options and enough history to satisfy the most enthusiastic buffs. For those who want to get outside, like myself, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Point Lobos State Reserve offer endless hours of pleasure.Quick Tips: Flying to the Peninsula is costly, and the two-hour drive down Highway One from San Francisco International is worth doing regardless of the airfare savings. During my visit, I stumbled on a Farmers Market in downtown Monterey that apparantly occurs every Tuesday. The fresh fruits and vegetables looked delicious and street musicians provided entertainment. I...Read More

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

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Hotel

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While I didn''t have a room with a view, this is the only bay-side hotel in town. The Plaza Hotel is situated at the edge of the Bay and is a short walk to the west to Cannery Row and to the east to Fishermans Wharf and downtown. I was in town for a conference, and found the facilities impressive. The hotel bar, Schooners, has one of the best views in town with a deck looking out over the bay to the north. My room was nice (though I was ground level and the recreational bike path ran past my window) and the service was what you would expect. The location and views make this a place I would stay again.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2001

Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa
400 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
1831-646-1700

Carmel Mission Basilica Photo, Carmel, California
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A remarkably preserved mission built in 1771, the Basilica is an active church to this day. The grounds and original buildings were restored in the 1920's and the museum paints a well-balanced story of the lives of missionaries and their effect on local peoples. The rainbow of colors in the gardens surrounding the mission are spectacular and I used a couple of rolls of film trying to capture the vibrant purples, reds and oranges contrasted against the beige stucco of the mission walls. The mission is a peak into the past of the Monterey peninsula and an important part of it's history. If you are interested in cultural and historical sites, this is one to see during your visit to the area.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Carmel Mission Basilica
3080 Rio Road
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California 93923
(831) 624-1271

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

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Attraction | "Point Lobos State Reserve"

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Photo, Carmel, California
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The conference I was attending had a golf outing planned for the afternoon, and I opted to head out for some alone time at the beautiful and quiet Point Lobos state park. The park is located only a few miles south of Carmel, but spend any time on the miles of trails and you will feel a million miles from the modern world. I decided to pay the small entry fee to park inside the reserve, but the number of cars parked along the highway indicate that many people take advantage of the park's beauty for free. Being a visitor to the area, I didn't mind paying and like to support places of beauty, although, if I lived in the area I am sure I would spend a great deal of time here and would probably opt...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2002

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Highway 1 South Of Carmel River
Carmel, California 93923
(831) 624-4909

Butterfly Point Diving

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Attraction | "Diving Butterfly Point"

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My dive master looked through my log book and, since it was just the two of us, suggested we head to one of his favorite dive spots in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. The site, called Butterfly Point, is named for a Frank Lloyd Wright designed house with a butterfly-shaped roof that sits on a bluff overlooking the bay just north of Carmel River State Beach. We geared up at the car and then walked down a steep trail to the kelp-covered beach. The hike was tough in full gear, but the dive wasn't about to get any easier just because we were getting in the water. We had to swim out to the kelp forest, which meant backstroking against some strong surge and then crawling over kelp to avoid getti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 2, 2002

Butterfly Point Diving
northern tip of Carmel Bay
Monterey, California

Adventures by the Sea

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Attraction | "kayaking Monterey Bay"

Adventures by the Sea Photo, Monterey, California
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The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a natures lover's 'must see', and I found a sea kayak to be a relaxing, quiet and effective method of transportation. As the second largest protected marine area in the world, over 25 rare and endangered species make the bay their home. The rental shop recommended a morning tour of the bay since the winds tend to pick up in the afternoon and can make paddling a challenge when heading back to the beach. Taking their advice, I was up early and on the water before 8AM, which was easy since the outfitter was literally steps from my hotel. At that time of the day, I had the Bay to myself; actually, while I was the only person on the water, I was anythin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2002

Adventures by the Sea
299 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
(831) 372-1807