3 Days in Monterey
Give Monterey at least 3 days. Why?
Because there's so much to do it's impossible to take it all in with a shorter stay.
Day one: Explore by land and sea
Start out your day by kayaking in the Bay
Wildlife is no rarity in Monterey. While kayaking you may be greeted by harbor seals, diving pelicans, raft otters and more
After kayaking, stop at one of the many restaurants located on Cannery Row for lunch.
Once you’ve got your land legs back, rent a bike and check out the world famous 17 Mile Drive or take the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail all the way to Castroville, the artichoke center of the world.
Day two: Discover the History of Monterey
Take a bus or walk downtown and begin your day by taking the self-guided Path of History Walking Tour through Old Monterey.
Some highlights include: California’s First Theatre, the Robert Louis Stevenson House and Colton Hall, the site where the California Constitution was written.
After time traveling through Monterey's history, stop over at Fisherman’s Wharf and grab a bite to eat. Don't foget to check out the art museums and shops.
Make your way back toward the hostel along the Recreation Trail and take a tour of Cannery Row made famous by John Steinbeck.
Day three: Fish Fish Fish
Walk four blocks downhill from the hostel, and you're at the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Spend a couple hours there in awe of the jellyfish, otters, sea turtles, sharks and the other hundreds of marine life the aquarium has to offer.
By this time, you’re probably hungry again. The Aquarium has a restaurant for you to dine at or you can grab something to eat back at fisherman’s wharf before you take a whale watching trip.
Whales, otters, sea lions and a few dolphins here and there, that’s what you’re likely to spot in Monterey Bay while on a boat tour with some of the area's most competent marine tour skippers.
That’s only a small part of all Monterey has to offer. Design your own 3 day adventure by using the list below:
Cannery Row Walking Tour
MacAbee Beach (Cannery Row)
San Carlos Beach (Cannery Row)
Monterey State Beach (Wharf #2)
Path of History in old Monterey
El Estero Lake and Park (Creative efforts donated by Hank
Ketchum, the creator of Dennis the Menace Playground including
a real steam engine.)
Pacific Grove Natural History Museum
Point Pinos Lighthouse
Pacific Grove Walking Tour
17 Mile Drive
Point Lobos Reserve (the inspiration for the novel “Treasure Island”)
Big Sur (30 miles away)
John Steinbeck Museum (Salinas)
Moss Landing State Beach