I love everything about Monterey except the fog and freezing cold water. Why can't upwelling bring up warm, tropical waters and create a SoCal climate here? Otherwise, this is the perfect little historic seaside town.
The most exciting ocean film festival in the world! Monterey may have a lot of events and festivals, but this one is by far the best of the best. Not a "local" film festival by any means, but rather a world class festival that draws big names in entertainment, film making and ocean science and...more
While the pier itself is nothing special, this is the best place in Monterey to get up close and personal with sea lions. They congregate on the rocks along the pier and on the far end jetty which gated off, preventing human access. Either through the gate or on the rocks below, it is possible to inches...more
Although there are a number of great dive operators on the Monterey Peninsula, Bamboo Reef stands heads and shoulders above the rest. Very knowledgeable and service-oriented, the friendly staff are able to expertly assist you with anything from the purchase of new dive computer or as a guide on...more
Although I only had the opportunity to stop in for drinks, 1833 is officially my new favorite restaurant in Monterey. Opened during the summer of 2011 with a team of world class chefs, designers and big city restaurant investors, the place was meant to merge the edge of a New York City lounge within a...more
Best and most accessible place in Monterey for getting out on the water - quick! The Monterey Bay Kayak shop is right on the beach, with friendly staff and near perfect water conditions for all paddling skill levels. It's a mind-blowing paddle just off the beach here as a short journey through...more
Best brew pub in Monterey bar none! With countless craft and international beers on tap, their own selection of tasty home brews, an elegant yet casual dining environment, outdoor fire pits and a tasty menu, Cannery Row Brewing Company has hit a home run. Perfect for a business lunch, family dinner,...more
This is my favorite hotel in Monterey, for both location and overall execution of hotel style and luxury. As a Monterey local, I've never actually stayed in the rooms myself, but have had numerous friends stay here and often stop by to eat at the adjacent Schooners Cafe. The hotel is seated right...more