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  • Monterey
    Emon Tjokro
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    5 Jan 04, 2014

    Great small city, the view is just amazing.

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  • Monterey
    Pamela Schreckengost
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    5 Oct 11, 2012

    I love Monterey, it is a great place to spend some time when driving on the California Coastal Route. A must stop, the Aquarium is one of the best and the Pacific Ocean never looks better. You even get to see Otters.

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  • Monterey
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    5 Oct 10, 2013
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    5 Sep 21, 2013
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    Olivia Isenhart
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    5 Aug 28, 2013
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  • Monterey
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    5 Nov 05, 2013
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  • MontereyCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan
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    5 Mar 22, 2014
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    4 Sep 24, 2012

    Made famous by Steinbeck, this town has perserved its cannery history, and successfully turned it into a scenic place to wander around. The aquarium is a must see if you are in the area, and if you are a diver and can take the cold water, the kelp forests just offshore host about 17,000 species and make for great diving.

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  • Monterey
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    4 Jul 12, 2012

    I LOVE MONTEREY...

    I admit that I'm surprised that I havent written in a while but it's been a busy couple of months. Since I just got back Monterey I'll start off with that. It was a great couple of days checking out new and old spots. There was a number of tourists but what can you expect for Fourth of July? It's going to be busy everywhere. Long story short, dont let the overcast fool you because you'll be negligent with the sun block like myself and end up looking like a Super Raccoon! ;D

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  • Monterey
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    4 Jul 25, 2013
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  • Monterey
    Liz B
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    4 Jun 15, 2011
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  • Monterey
    Micke Grimborg
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    4 Jul 09, 2014
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  • Monterey
    Loïc Daignault-Pichette
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    4 Jun 24, 2014
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  • Monterey
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    4 Mar 15, 2014
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  • MontereyPro 2014
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jul 16, 2014

    Monterey is a gorgeous place to visit along the northern California coast, complete with a world-class aquarium, shops and restaurants to explore, and a number of activities and fun things to do.

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  • Monterey
    Jemma
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    4 Jun 12, 2014

    Take a walk along Canney Row, go for a delicious meal at Louie Linguini's, dip your toes in the sea and go and visit the sealions by the marina. There are lots of things to see here and a good trip to pair with Carmel which is just up the road.

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  • Monterey
    Jeffrey Lehmann
    5 Mar 26, 2014

    Monterey has always been the stuff of dreams and legend. Haphazard Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino arrived here in 1602 and sealed his fame and fortune by describing Monterey Bay in mythical terms and then naming it after the ruler who sent him. In 1769, Gaspar de Portola came looking for Vizcaino’s Monterey, but continued on after a brief stop, since it fell so short of Vizcaino’s description. Upon his return Junipero Serra, who founded California’s mission system, chided Portola for having not found Monterey Bay by saying, “You have gone to Rome and not seen the Pope!” John Steinbeck immortalized Monterey's Cannery Row in his 1945 novel about the fishing industry here at its peak. The catch went from 235,000 tons in 1945 to just 15,000 tons in 1948, causing the collapse of the canneries here and a way of life for generations of residents.

    It has been 60 years, since this debacle. With a growing respect for the ocean, Monterey’s greatest attraction, its sealife, has made a strong come back.

    As a kid, my parents brought my siblings and me to Monterey to tell us stories about Cannery Row and John Steinbeck. It did not hold our attention long, since it was just a street filled with deserted fish canneries, very little wildlife and certainly no sea otters, or anything else of interest for that matter. Wow, what a difference a 35 years makes! Monterey is now a vibrant town with lots of fun things to do and a fascinating history.

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  • Monterey
    Baxter Jackson
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    If you're a John Steinbeck fan, you'll well know that Monterey, California was the setting for his tragic-comedy, Cannery Row. While the shacks, canneries and whorehouses are long gone, Monterey manages to maintain a little bit of its original character despite the best efforts of gentrification. All literary reasons aside, Monterey's natural beauty is draw enough to attract many a visitor. The aquarium there neatly captures the unique marine biology this stretch of California's Gold Coast has to offer - can't think of many other places where you can adopt a orphaned sea otter!

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  • MontereyPro 2014
    John Abdou
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    4 Jul 22, 2013

    Didn't realize how popular of a spot this was until driving through there in the middle of July. This is tourist central, but I recommend coming in a time that is less crowded and enjoy the great atmosphere, weather, restaurants and aquarium. Great place to visit with kids too.

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  • MontereyPro 2014
    Albert Qian
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    5 Feb 24, 2013

    Monterey is a nice city along the 1. It's the most famous for Cannery Row and John Steinbeck as well as 17-mile drive. It's a great place to go as a getaway or a vacation.

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4.5 out of 5
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61,699 people visited Monterey

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Novelist John Steinbeck put the historic fishing town on the tourist map, and the unrivalled Monterey Bay Aquarium keeps it there. The world-famous aquarium awes visitors with the ecology and beauty of the Monterey Bay. Favorite exhibits include ethereally glowing jellyfish, playful otters and, on occasion recently, the first Great White Sharks in captivity. Named the capital of Spanish California ... read more
in 1776, Monterey's top attractions include some of the West Coast's oldest buildings -- the Monterey Maritime and History Museum, the 1834 adobe Casa Serrano and the original Royal Presidio Chapel (now the San Carlos Cathedral), built in 1794. Cannery Row, made famous by Steinbeck's novel, and Fisherman's Wharf lure in more tourists than fish these days with kitschy shops and seafood shacks. Families will appreciate the kid-friendly Monterey Youth Museum and paddle-boating at El Estero Park, also home to Dennis the Menace Playground. Culture mavens will appreciate the Monterey Jazz Festival every July, and offshore, whale-watching trips and eco-tours are a top to-do. Plentiful inexpensive motels and hotels mean many visitors choose to base themselves in Monterey while exploring Big Sur, Carmel, Santa Cruz or dozens of local wineries.

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