on February 2, 2007
The place to go to if you visit Monterey. It is a converted fishing wharf transformed into a place full of restaurants, shops, museums and chartering vessels.Restaurants: This is the place if you like clam chowder. I am a clam chowder fanatic and at any coastal locations I alway try it when ever I can and I'd have to say the wharf has the best clam chowders I've ever tried. And trying is exactly what you can do as all of the restaurants server small samples to anyone passing by who is willing to take one. They all seem to have a slightly different taste to them. Personally I prefer the Fisherman's Grotto (oh the can to so stock up) but you can be your own judge. Try them all. All of the other seafood is great there to oysters, crabs, fish, shrimps, scallops, abalone... all great.Shops: Lots of interesting shops from candy stores to trinkets to jewelry. Not quite my thing but the candy apples at the candy store sure hit the spot after a nice chowder breadbowl.Chartering: You can get several types of chartering services from coastal tour, glass bottom boats, whale watching to deep-sea fishing to scuba expeditions (Monterey is a Mecca for scuba diving in the kelp forests off shore, there are plenty of place you can scuba just off shore and find a great spot). Most tours/trips have several departure times though out the day.Museums: There are a few sailing/shipping museums there but actually never been in them. Not my fancy (I prefer the aquarium).Misc: There are also several special event/concerts that take place on the wharf through out the year. And there is also the wildlife. Sea Lions congregate all around the pier and underneath is sometimes hundreds at a time. So many to the point that they have to set up barrier fences to separate them from the people. Beware they can get aggressive and they actually stink pretty bad. There are also several sea otters that inhabit the waters around the wharf that you fun to watch as they play along in the nearby kelp beds.Overall while I might skip going to the aquarium or 17 mile drive when or cannery row when I go to Monterey. I always make it a point to go to the wharf. It is a must-go to especially if you like seafood. Nothing beats getting a bread-bowl to go then taking to one of the several less touristy parks along the coast with love ones and sitting and slurping up the chowder while watching one of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Cali. If it just wasn't so expensive to live there...
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