Monterey is one of my favorite places. I was fortunate enough to have lived there for a brief time, and got to know a lot about the area (during that time, I was hired by a local PR firm to write an in-depth promotional piece about Cannery Row, which allowed me to research, explore and get to know the area even better). There’s too much about Monterey (and nearby Monterey Bay cities – like Pacific Grove and Carmel) to cover in one post, so I’ll break it up into several posts over time and share a glimpse of some of the things I love, like, and know about the area.
Here’s a brief overview. Monterey is known for its beauty and rich history. It has breathtaking coastal views, sea otters splashing around in the bay, a world-famous aquarium (often, like right now, with a great white shark, on display), and cool historic buildings, like lighthouses, Victorians, and rustic canneries.
It’s located along California’s central coast, about 300 miles north of Los Angeles and 100 miles south of San Francisco. The city of Monterey, along with neighboring towns Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel, collectively make up the Monterey Peninsula. While all share the same general location, crisp clean climate, and stunning ocean vistas, each location has its own unique appeal as well. One of the most distinct areas is Cannery Row, which is about one mile long and runs along the waterfront of Monterey and Pacific Grove.
Also in the city of Monterey is a downtown area with more shops and eateries, museums, historical sites, a park, a lake, a beach, lots of sight-seeing, and numerous activities. Across the street are two wharfs, including Old Fisherman’s Wharf with lots of tourist attractions – gift shops, seafood restaurants, and whale watching excursions. The other wharf is a commercial fishing wharf with wholesale fish companies and a few additional restaurants.
More to come.