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When Jimi Hendrix ended his famous Monterey performance with “Wild Thing,” he could have been talking about all the wiggly marine creatures in the massive Monterey Bay Aquarium. Come to this California coastal city and seal up your vacation with a visit to historic Cannery Row, or some bayside seafood at the fantastic restaurants lining Fisherman’s Wharf. There’s a host of things to do in Monterey, from the Monterey Bay Whale Watching Cruises to the kid-mecca Dennis the Menace Park.

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When Jimi Hendrix ended his famous Monterey performance with “Wild Thing,” he could have been talking about all the wiggly marine creatures in the massive Monterey Bay Aquarium. Come to this California coastal city and seal up your vacation with a visit to historic Cannery Row, or some bayside seafood at the fantastic restaurants lining Fisherman’s Wharf. There’s a host of things to do in Monterey, from the Monterey Bay Whale Watching Cruises to the kid-mecca Dennis the Menace Park.

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Stories and Tips Monterey

Get there from SF: Drive Baby, Drive!

Written by pippin on 07 Jan, 2001

So you've decided to drive to the Monterey Bay area from San Francisco (a very wise decision). It's the only way to go. Rent a car from the airport, and make sure to bring your favorite tunes, for you are about to go on…Read More


Whale watching

Written by grimmts on 09 Apr, 2002

We booked a whale watching trip with Monterey Sportfishing. There weren't enough of us to fill a boat, so they hooked us up with Randy's Fishing Trips. Our captain, Bill, was experienced and informative. We went out past the Bay for about…Read More


Little Chicken House

Written by Nevada Gal on 23 Jul, 2000

In an area noted for world class restaurants and fine dining, this little place in Pacific Grove is holding its own. And why not? It's tiny to be sure, but locals love it. The aroma of wood smoke barbecue fills the surrounding air as the…Read More


Point Lobos State Reserve

Written by Nevada Gal on 23 Jul, 2000

You can get some truly breathtaking photos from Point Lobos. There are walking trails that lead you through groves of scenic pines and wildflowers. Don't touch! Poison Oak is very prevalent at Point Lobos. Other trails offer views of playful sea otters and…Read More


Fort Ord, California

Written by barbara on 02 May, 2001

For anyone associated with the military who has ever lived in California, a trip to Fort Ord might be like a trip down memory lane. Unfortunately much of Fort Ord was closed down some time ago and is left boarded up and neglected, little…Read More


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Hideaway Beach....Fantastic!

Written by kustom57 on 09 Mar, 2006

On the northern edge of the city of Seaside, above Monterey, there is a large shopping center called Edgewater Center. Locals know about the beach and walking area located just outside the shopping center, behind the Home Depot building. I highly recommend this stop, as…Read More


Travelling to Monterey, CA

Written by koolbargan on 17 Feb, 2008

Denver - San Jose AirportTotal Flight Time - about 2 hrs. 10 mins. We decided to skip San Francisco, and opted to fly into San Jose. One, less city hassle to contend with, and more importantly, it's closer to Monterey. One…Read More


Asilomar Conference Grounds

Written by LoCho on 24 Jan, 2001

Asilomar is one of the best conference centers I have seen -- much nicer than typical convention centers or hotels. You can stay on the grounds for convenience and the meals provided are decent and filling. One of the attractions to Asilomar is the way…Read More


Eating in Monterey

Written by LoCho on 23 Jan, 2001

There are a plethora of dining establishments in Monterey because it is rather touristy. I recommend staying away from the overpriced restaurants on Cannery Row and heading up to Lighthouse Road to find better and cheaper food. There are bagel shops, pizza places, seafood restaurants, whatever you…Read More


The Mystery Spot

Written by pippin on 19 Dec, 2000

Okay, so you've got the car, the sky is a perfect California Blue and you've just slept like a baby in your seaside hotel room. What to do? Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Cruz. In the hills beyond town is an...…Read More


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