Marine Life in Monterey Bay, CA

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Marine Life in Monterey Bay, CA

Discover wild undersea creatures and boat-dotted harbors.

Monterey is a singular place for learning about California’s sea life and historic seaside country. Study up on ocean life before activities such as snorkeling and SCUBA diving; opt for Big Sur coastline drives.

1

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Start, of course, with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Its Splash Zone, an interactive exhibit for kids, recently doubled in size—now you can walk “through” a giant kelp forest (via a glass tunnel) and (gently) pet a living abalone in the display’s expanded touch pool.

2

Cannery Row

The old canneries made famous by John Steinbeck are now filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries.

3

Old Monterey Café

Fill up on morning blueberry pancakes or cinnamon raisin French toast at this local breakfast haunt.

4

Café Fina

Dive into Italian seafood—shrimp scampi, and salmon fettuccine—at the waterfront, touristy-but-fun restaurant.

5

Monterey Bay Lodge

Convenient and family friendly, the lodge is just steps from the beach and a 10-minute walk to Cannery Row.


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