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Visit Monterey

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See Monterey and Best of Monterey Bay for lots of great information.


  • Aug. 19,26 and Sept. 16,23,30: Fremont Peak Observatory list of Public Events to take a look up at the sky, 8:00pm nights.
  • Sept 8-10th: Festa Italia in Monterey, Customs House and parade around old Monterey
  • Sept 10th: San Juan Bautista - Oktoberfest - Joan & Peter’s German Restaurant Oktoberfest Location: 322 Third Street, noon to 5 pm (It’s the best ! ) (831) 623-4521
  • Sat/Sun/Wed/Thur: Tour Point Sur Lighthouse in Big Sur.
    • Saturdays: 10AM and 2 PM Sundays: 10AM Summer Schedule: Wednesdays: 10 AM and 2 PM (April through October) Thursdays: 10 AM (July and August).
    • Moonlight Tours: August 7, 2006, Monday (7:15 PM), August 8, 2006, Tuesday (7:15 PM), September 6, 2006, Weds (6:45 PM), September 7, 2006, Thursday (6:45)
  • Now-Dec 9: Showcase Renowned Artist August Gay at the Stevenson House at 530 Houston Street in Monterey
  • Dec 9: Christmas in the Adobes



  • Walk to Hostel: Using this gmap route - print me! you can walk from the Monterey Transit Center to the Monterey Hostel in just about 1.5 miles. It’s a very scenic walk though and will give you a great orientation to the area!
    • From the Monterey Transit Center (a triangular intersection of Munras-Pearl-Tyler streets), head North on Alvarado which is the “main street” and “downtown” of Old Monterey. There are many speciality shops, restaurants, theatres, and a Walgreens general store on the way. Continue 2 blocks to Del Monte Ave.
    • Continue North and cross Del Monte Ave over to the Plaza area, passing along the East side of the Monterey Conference Center. You’ll pass a couple more tourist shops here and then enter the large plaza. There is a large walking path to your right (before the parking lot/ocean) which follows an old train track route, with Fisherman’s Wharf up on your right side. The trail will take you all the way to Cannery Row and around the penninsula to Asilomar in Pacific Grove. (great for a bike ride)
    • Follow the walking path until you reach Cannery Row. There will be a large parking lot, San Carlos Beach, and the Coast Guard offices. Continue on the trail between the parking lot and park until the intersection at Reeside Ave.
    • Turn LEFT (West) and follow Reeside Ave up a slight hill to the lighted intersection with Lighthouse Ave.
    • Turn RIGHT (North) and follow Lighthouse Ave into what is considered New Monterey. There are also many restaurants, pubs and shops along Lighthouse Ave in New Monterey, including a 24hr laundry. Just 2 blocks East of Lighthouse is Cannery Row of course - where all the ‘tourist’ attractions are. Continue on Lighthouse Ave for 5 blocks until Prescott Ave.
    • Turn LEFT (West) on to Prescott Ave and head 1 block up to Hawthorne Street.
    • Turn RIGHT (North) on to Hawthorne Street and you should see the hostel on the next corner with Irving Ave.
  • Walk to Tourist Center: See this gmap walking path from the Transit Center to the Tourist Information Center on Lake El Estero.
  • Plane: Monterey Airport has a few serviced flights, but usually more expensive
  • Train: ??
  • maps - tourist info


Just a list of some of the popular Top Things to do

  • List the Top things to do/see to make a visit “complete”
  • Restaurants? - there’s sooo many, will have do be specific

Sundays - music at Big Sur River Inn Thursdays - indy film night, some Point Sur tours


  • San Carlos Cathedral, the oldest building (and church) in California
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Monterey Maritime and History Museum
    • Explore the Old Adobe’s in Monterey, San Carlos Cathedral, Presidio
  • Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf for restaurants and shopping (get a cup of clam chowder)
  • Whale watching, Sailing, Kayaking, Scuba diving in the Monterey Bay
  • Paddle boating in Lake El Estero
  • Listen for the bugle ‘song for the dead’ every night at 10pm from DLI
  • Stroll Alvarado and Calle Principal St for shops, food, art and entertainment
  • Visit Colton Hall Museum, (daily 10 to 4:00 pm) Site of CA Constitutional Convention (City Hall)
  • Reference sites:
  • Dancing
    • Argentine Tango Party The House of the Four Winds hosts a fun Argentine-style tango party. No partner necessary. $10. House of the Four Winds, 540 Calle Principal. 649-8821 or 373-7872 or

Pacific Grove

  • Stroll along Lighthouse Ave and visit the shops in this small town
  • Drive along coast to Asilomar, stop and watch the sunset
  • Visit Point Pinos lighthouse, the oldest in California? (historically significant)


  • Visit Carmel Mission, one of the most beautiful remaining Spanish missions
  • Walk along Ocean Ave and “window shop”
  • Enjoy any of the fine restaurants and art shops in Carmel
  • Visit local wineries in the Carmel Valley, see the Taste of Monterey
  • Walk along Carmel Beach with it’s fine white sands
    • Get a view of Pebble Beach Golf Course
  • Take 17 mile drive through Pebble Beach (to/from Carmel and Pacific Grove) to see the famous Cypress Tree
  • Have a bonfire out on the beach
  • Point Lobos State Park for hiking, kayaking and scuba diving

Big Sur

Advantage Grand Canyon

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