Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Michael and I had an opportunity to spend a few days in Monterey before the big Thanksgiving holiday rolled in. I received a great deal from Travelzoo for a two night stay in Pacific Grove-$99 a night with complimentary breakfast for two!

We arrived in Monterey after 1 PM and decided to walk down to the Old Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch and play tourist. There is ample parking on the pay lots along Del Monte Ave.

As you walk down the wharf, every restaurant has an employee standing out front handing out free samples of clam chowder. They also have on display the daily lunch specials with an offer of a free appetizer-usually fried calamari. We chose to have lunch at Crab Louie’s; free fried calamari appetizer, fish tacos with rice & beans and a salmon burger with fries. The restaurant has great views of the marina with lots of pelicans hanging around the surrounding edges of the wharf. You can hear the harbor seals barking and lounging around the floating pier next to the docks. There were also a few sea otters hanging out in the waters around the bay.

Pelicans are in abundance on this wharf, they just stand along the railings and don’t shy away at all-they’re not afraid of people! The harbor seals are quite the attraction too, you can pay to go down to the lower dock to see them up close.

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The Monterey Coastal Recreational Trail hugs the shoreline and runs through here and continues out to Pacific Grove. Watch out for bicyclists as you walk along the trail to view the harbor seals, pelicans, sea otters and other birds in their natural habitat along the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There are gorgeous views of the Monterey Bay with its variety of colored sailboats just drifting about and the beauty of the surrounding cypress trees above the rocky beaches. I saw a few harbor seals basking on top of the jutting rocks above the bay-looks like a fantastic way to pass the time away!

We continue our walk around the Custom House and the Custom House Plaza which is part of the Monterey State Historic Park. Their outdoor garden has a variety of beautiful succulents and several colored tiled murals depicting the flora and fauna of Monterey.

Come on out here and see for yourself-you’ll definitely enjoy it!

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Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy  it.
~Bernard Meltzer
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