Places like the Monterey Peninsula always give you reasons for going back; the primordial one is the elements of sea, rock, sky, and fauna. But here are some of the things we never got around to experiencing which I want to list, not only as a recommendation to you, but as a memorandum to myself for my next visit. By the way, the famed Monterey Jazz Festival is next month, along with the Reggae Festival, an outdoor art festival among others; this makes September a good target month for the next visit.
There was a company in Pacific Grove, behind the cannery, that rents exotic cars which look like ex-calibers to me. Of course, I am not a motor vehicle expert, but they do have that look, and it would be great fun to drive one for a day. Check it out.
The Monterey Aquarium: we almost made it there, but were somewhat turned off by the high admission price of $16 per person. Next time, we will plan ahead and see if we can get some discounted entry passes.
The National Steinbeck Center in Salinas: after all, this was Steinbeck's playpen, and there is an entire pavilion dedicated to him. At least, we did manage to see his cannery row.
The amazing maze of Carmel shopping: just looking at the map is a dizzying experience; but nevertheless, the area is so charming, and I caught some glimpses of the shops which lined the various avenues. Next time for sure!
Drive to Big Sur; getting INTO a kayak; go for spa services; go on a whale watching trip; take more pictures of cypress trees.