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Visit The Magestic Monterey Bay!

Updated on June 2, 2014

Let Monterey Bay Take Your Breath Away!

Out of all the places I have lived (military brat) Monterey Bay is hands down the most beautiful of them all! With its green mountains, to the deep blue ocean there is something for everyone on the central coast. Enjoy the beaches with its large variety of wild life including dolphins, whales, otters, sea lions, a variety of birds, and fish! Indulge in the freshest seafood on the West Coast, from some of the worlds leading chefs. With an impressive night life, and variety of family friendly activities you are sure to find something that will peak your interests! If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Monterey Bay there are several things you can't miss!

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Carmel By The Sea

The Perfect Place To Spoil Your Pooch!

If you are bringing man's best friend with you you have to make sure you stop at the beach located in Carmel! It is both beautiful and clean, with great views of Pebble Beach. Let your pooch off leash and watch them dive, crash, and roll in the sand and surf! They will for sure thank you with a big wet kiss, and you will enjoy an evening with a pooped out pooch.

Carmel is known for it's dog friendly atmosphere, being rated #1 in dog friendly towns in America. You won't be turned down when you decide you want to take a lunch break with your dog at your side, or wander through the many boutiques. With perks like doggy massage, and their very own turn down service in many hotels you will go home with a very well rested pooch!

The Beautiful Monterey Bay

Carmel Valley Roasting Co.

The Smell Alone Will Draw You In!

On a Saturday or Sunday you may find a line out the door at this quaint little coffee house. I used to take my lunch break here and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The perfect place to kick your feet up and take a break from walking around town, and enjoy a cup of joe. They also have light lunch and dessert items for a bit of an afternoon pick me up. Relax at one of their rustic wooden tables, and enjoy a good book! You wont regret it!

Flaherty's Seafood Grill And Oyster Bar

If you are looking for the most amazing sea food, look no further than Flaherty's in Carmel. With a wide variety of gluten free options, and a menu that anyone can order from you will be sure to find just what you are looking for. All of their sea food is wild caught which is rare to find these days. Personally I love their coconut shrimp!

Mountainsong Galleries

With a large variety of art work this quaint art gallery will enchant you before you even walk in the door. The owners make you feel like family the moment you enter, and they are more than willing to help you out with anything you may need. With over 50 master artists you are sure to find something that takes your breath away. Make sure to make a quick stop while you are walking around town, you wont regret it!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

If you don't do anything else in Monterey you had better stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! With it's constantly evolving inventory, it never gets old! I have been there probably over a hundred times and I still absolutely love it! They have a great kids section, and you are able to interact with a variety of wild life. I always love going and petting the sting rays! You will learn so much on your visit, and you will leave with a new impression of the World's oceans. Make sure to see all of the jelly fish, they are probably my favorite!

Whale Watching

One of the most amazing things to do in Monterey is to go whale watching. Watching the whales in their natural habitat is absolutely breathtaking! The breed of whale that you will see depends on the season, you may even get the privilege of seeing some dolphins on your trip! Enjoy the cool ocean air and watch as the sea lions and otters play in the surf!

Make sure to dress in layers! The weather changes constantly and even if it's warm in the morning it could be foggy and chilly in the afternoon!

Garland Ranch

If you are looking for a beautiful walking or hiking trail look no further than Garland Ranch. The past several years I have driven out to this beautiful park nearly every day. My dogs love to run free off leash back and forth through the trees and trails, chasing squirrels and other animals. With hikes and walks that fit nearly every expertise level you will find something suitable for everyone. I always loved watching my dogs dive into the river after a long hike.

If you enjoy Geo-Cashing there are multiple finds again ranging in difficulty. From the second you walk across the bridge into the park you are never far from a great find! There are several apps to help you find them. Enjoy the beautiful sunny yet cool weather that makes Garland the perfect place to hike.

Beautiful Monterey Bay!

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      Anthony Godinho 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks like a beautiful place and I enjoy seafood. I would love to visit Monterey Bay.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's so pretty there!

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      jolou 3 years ago

      This brings back nice memories. I've been to Monterey and Carmel a couple of times. Would love to visit again some time.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Nice.