1038 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone: (831) 372-5960
Fax: (831) 655-1681
This iconic beach is at the foot of 17th Street, and is known its stunning beauty and variety of outdoor activities. From kayaking, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, to land activities such as beach volleyball, hiking, picnicking, and more. Bicycle rentals, public restrooms, and snack bar are also available. Lovers Point Park hosts the annual Feast of Lanterns pageant and fireworks festival.
This Monterey Peninsula state beach is where locals flock for coastal walks. This protected area encourages visitors to bask in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, but to take no souvenirs home with them. As a protected site, no fishing is allowed in the area. However, dogs are allowed on the beach as long as their leashed.
One of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world, this stretch of highway runs between Pacific Grove and Carmel. You will see incredible beaches, six golf courses and more mansions than you can count. You will drive by several epicurean restaurants, all of which will refund the USD8 toll fee that you pay to drive this road. Pedestrians and cyclists can enter for free. The road snakes its way like a serpent, along the California coast and then through the Del Monte Forest. This drive is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Monterey Peninsula. Bring lots of film. See website for visitor details.
Want to see John Steinbeck sitting around and drinking with friends? Then come to this wax museum. You can get a glimpse at almost 450 years of Monterey history here. The museum stocks more than 100 realistic wax figures, depicting a number of scenes throughout time. See figures of old cannery workers, prostitutes and Indians. This is one of the newest attractions in Cannery Row and a great place to bring the entire family. Call the venue for more information about admission prices and more.
Cycling enthusiasts know to heat to Cannery Row's very now Bay Bikes. This outfitted bike shop covers all your cycling needs, from helmets for your tots to ride their four-wheelers or spandex for your next race, this shop has you covered. They also specialize in bike repairs and offer rentals for those just visiting the peninsula.
Adventures by the Sea provides everything you could need to enjoy the Monterey Pennisula. This tour and equipment rental company offers guests the chance to kayak the calm waters of the Pacific, experience the thrill of stand up paddle boarding, or cruising around town on a motorized bike along the ocean. Tours are offered for both bicycles and kayaks with lessons available for those who wish to take up paddle boarding.
This is one of this beautiful city's many attractions. You can tour numerous historic period homes that date back to the 1800s as well as early adobe buildings. Each house is fully restored to its original condition and is decorated with authentic antiques to match. There are also sculpture gardens you can tour. Come experience a piece of regional and European colonial history. Admission to the park is free; see website for info on special SHP events such as the Monterey Living History Festival.
Climb aboard the boat and an expert naturalist guide will take you out on the water to view some of the many kinds of whales in the Monterey Bay. You will have the opportunity to potentially see grays, killer whales, humpbacks and more. In addition, the boats come with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system, making your whale-watching experience an unforgettable one. Prices vary, and group rates are available. The company also offers special nature tours as well as private boat rentals.
Want to sail out from the Monterey Bay and explore the process of deep-sea fishing? If so, climb aboard one of Chris' boats. These are spectacular tours led by several experts in the field. All of the skippers have been fishing Monterey Bay for most of their lives. Several boats are available, each one being over 50 feet long. Enjoy a spectacular two-hour tour where you can see thousands of whales in the Monterey Bay. In the early part of the year, you can see the gray whales as they migrate to and from Alaska. Also in sight will be sea otters, sea lions, and many dolphins. The tours are guided by skilled skippers, each of whom have been doing this his or her entire life. Naturally the service is great, as you are accompanied by true experts in the field. It is an excellent adventure for the whole family. Check out the website or call for rates and other information.
Since the mid-1980s, this place has been introducing people to the fun activity of kayaking, with the added bonus of educating the customers about the preservation of marine life in the Monterey area. The store sells and rents all sorts of kayaks and has a variety of classes. The staff members are all accomplished experts, and many corporate group programs are available. Enjoy water sports and learn about the environment.
This famous Monterey playground is located in the El Estero Park. First opened in 1956, the park has undergone various renovations with the most recent in 2005. Named after the comic character by Hank Ketchum, the park features a toddler area and larger slides and structures meant for older children. A maze with a lookout tower, climbing wall, suspension bridge and statue of Dennis himself, this park is full of fun for kids of all ages.
This gorgeous state beach is the perfect setting for an afternoon of family fun in the sun. From swimming, fishing, boating, making sand castles, flying kites, kayaking and more, the range of outdoor activities are endless here. Be prepared for cold weather, the fog rolls in quickly here, so be sure to pack an extra layer of clothing!