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Monterey, California

a picturesque, pastoral paradise

Monterey was once California’s capital, but is today best known for having one of the most outstanding aquariums in the world. The award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium presides on Cannery Road, and exhibits more than 550 marine species. The city used to be known for its whale and sardine industry, but now focuses its attention to marine education and preservation. If you want to get an authentic experience of the bay area we would advise partaking in a whale watching trip during the summer or autumn months.

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Visit Monterey Bay, California

Monterey is a beautiful town on the Central Pacific Coast of California. Made famous by the local author John Steinbeck, Monterey sits alongside Carmel and both merge into one place to visit along your road trip, each within a short drive of each other. Once the sight of over-fishing for the booming sardine industry, Monterey protects their waterfront which is now a national marine sanctuary and with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has brought the wildlife back to the bay.

What to do in Monterey Bay, California?

Cannery Row, a street full of former fish-packing plants, is now a collection of restaurants, quirky shops and hotels. From here you can hire bikes or kayak in the bay amongst the sea otters and jellyfish. Cycle tours are also available to ride along the impressive 17-mile drive along Pebble Beach. Read more about The 17 Mile Drive. Set out on a whale watching tour to catch a glimpse up close. A sighting is near-guaranteed as the whales migrate through the bay throughout the year. Follow @monterey_bay_whale_watch on Instagram for sightings and more Info! To fully appreciate and understand the efforts of the bay’s community you must visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, which offers experiences up close with the marine life and educational activities throughout.

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