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Monterey, California

Monterey, California

Steep canyons, varied marine life and adobe buildings are just a few of the charms you’ll find in the inspiring city of Monterey. A visit here is a must for any Pacific cruise itinerary, particularly those with an affinity for American novelists. It was, after all, the setting and inspiration of more than a few John Steinbeck novels, including his first novel, Tortilla Flat.

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Monterey, California

The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss

No stop is complete without visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Here, you’ll learn all about the sea mammals that call Monterey’s coast home, including seals, otters, whales and dolphins.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Certified divers are in for a treat in Monterey. Kelp forests teeming with marine life are just off its shores, and you may even catch a glimpse of playful seals and otters swimming along with you.
  • See the boarding where Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classic novels such as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, once lived at the Monterey State Historic Park.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

Monterey Bay’s bounty lies beyond its waters, giving visitors a wide variety of freshly caught fish to enjoy in area restaurants. Many Monterey restaurants also source their vegetables locally, resulting in the freshest dishes possible for even the most discriminating tastes. Head over to Cannery Row for a wide selection of the best eateries in Monterey.

Shopping For Bargains

Don’t leave Monterey without checking out all the shops lined up on Cannery Row. After Steinbeck immortalized the sardine canneries in one of his most famous novels, the area was revitalized as tourists flocked to see it for themselves. The canneries were revamped as a shopping and dining hangout, and have an interesting array of souvenirs, fashions, and artisanal crafts to browse and buy.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the U.S. Dollar (USD).

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    Before You Visit

    Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.

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