We spent the day in Carmel a couple of Sundays ago and then the night in Monterey. The plan was to explore historic Monterey on Monday before driving back home. Well, that didn’t happen because I didn’t do my homework. If I did then we would have spent Sunday in Monterey and Monday in Carmel because we soon discovered that Monterey is all locked up on weekdays. We decided to hit the 1827 Custom House, probably the gem of the 40-odd buildings that make up Monterey’s State Historic Park. But when we found out it was closed along with most of the other historic buildings in the area we then strolled across the street to the Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf and that’s where we spent the rest of the day.
The 1827 Custom House is on the left. The pink building in the background is at the beginning of Fisherman’s Wharf. To the right is the city’s large parking lot which charges $1.00 per half-hour. Meter machines will either swallow all of your coins or take your credit card.
The foot of Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
Yes, be careful!
The taffy candy sold here is very popular with the tourists.
If you walk all the way to the end of the wharf you will be offered a least six times to taste some clam chowder in a tiny cup. On our way back we stopped at this place (there’s another Pirate’s Cove on the other side of the wharf). My wife had a bowl of chowder and a half-loaf of sourdough. I wasn’t too hungry after a huge breakfast back at the hotel and so I just had a beer and ate half of her bread.
There are many seafood restaurants on the wharf.
Seafood galore — three dishes, a bottle of wine and a couple of oranges. Wait, that fruit on the left looks more like a lemon. OK, so does the one on the right.
Whale watching is a popular activity.
Info on the gray whales and others that visit the Monterey Bay area.
The Checkmate is waiting for whale watchers.
The restaurant at the end of the wharf.
There’s a free rooftop view on the building at the end of the wharf.
Returning from a harbor cruise.
View of the marina from the wharf. How many masts are in this picture?
Sailboats anchored in the marina.
I stood to the left to take this horizontal shot of the boats but I think it looks better if I rotate it to be a vertical picture!
Many boats. One bike.
See here for a map of the Monterey harbor area (Fisherman’s Wharf is called Wharf # 1 on the map). The city’s two top tourist attractions — Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium — are about a five minute drive west of the harbor. After walking along the marina for awhile we got back in our car and drove east a few blocks to get onto Highway 1 and back to the Bay Area.