Guidebook for Monterey Peninsula and surrounding

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Guidebook for Monterey Peninsula and surrounding

Parks & Nature

One of the most beautiful parks in the World.
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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
62 California 1
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One of the most beautiful parks in the World.
One of the most popular hiking areas.
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Garland Ranch Regional Park
700 West Carmel Valley Road
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One of the most popular hiking areas.
This State Park is a local favorite.
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Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground
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This State Park is a local favorite.
Simply one of the most beautiful beaches around.
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Carmel Beach
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Simply one of the most beautiful beaches around.
Great park on the ocean, sandy beach and popular with locals.
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Lover's Point Beach
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Great park on the ocean, sandy beach and popular with locals.

Sightseeing

Beautiful white sand beach
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Carmel Beach
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Beautiful white sand beach
The Carmel Mission is one of the best of the California missions and is where Father Junipero Serra was laid to rest.
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Carmel Mission Basilica Museum
3080 Rio Road
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The Carmel Mission is one of the best of the California missions and is where Father Junipero Serra was laid to rest.
No trip to the Monterey Peninsula is complete without a drive down the coast to Big Sur. The drive down Highway One is not to be missed!
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Big Sur
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No trip to the Monterey Peninsula is complete without a drive down the coast to Big Sur. The drive down Highway One is not to be missed!
The Seventeen Mile Drive through Pebble Beach can be accessed from Carmel or Pacific Grove. this is one of the most famous drives in the Country as it encompasses some of the greatest ocean views, golf courses, hotels and homes in the World. It is a toll road so be prepared to pay a fee.
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17 Mile Dr
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The Seventeen Mile Drive through Pebble Beach can be accessed from Carmel or Pacific Grove. this is one of the most famous drives in the Country as it encompasses some of the greatest ocean views, golf courses, hotels and homes in the World. It is a toll road so be prepared to pay a fee.
Made famous by John Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row, it has become a place to visit. There are numerous restaurants and tourist shops located on this street. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at the west end of Cannery Row.
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Cannery Row
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Made famous by John Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row, it has become a place to visit. There are numerous restaurants and tourist shops located on this street. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at the west end of Cannery Row.
Great seafood restaurants, great views, sea otters and seals too! A bit touristy but locals enjoy going there. Whale watching tours also depart from there
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Fishermans Wharf
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Great seafood restaurants, great views, sea otters and seals too! A bit touristy but locals enjoy going there. Whale watching tours also depart from there
Call ahead for reservations and to check the weather forecast.
Discovery Whale Watch
66 Fishermans Wharf
Call ahead for reservations and to check the weather forecast.
If you have read any of John Steinbeck's novels you will enjoy this museum. Many of his novels were written using Monterey County as the setting. You can visit John Steinbeck's grave while in Salinas.
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National Steinbeck Center
1 Main Street
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If you have read any of John Steinbeck's novels you will enjoy this museum. Many of his novels were written using Monterey County as the setting. You can visit John Steinbeck's grave while in Salinas.
One of the oldest buildings in the area and one of significance to the local community. The Cathedral recently went through a major renovation and is quite beautiful.
San Carlos Cathedral
500 Church Street
One of the oldest buildings in the area and one of significance to the local community. The Cathedral recently went through a major renovation and is quite beautiful.

Entertainment & Activities

One of the finest golf courses in the world!
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Pebble Beach Golf Links
1700 17 Mile Drive
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One of the finest golf courses in the world!
A world class aquarium with many fine exhibits.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
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A world class aquarium with many fine exhibits.
The famous Laguna Seca Raceway, home to the Historic auto races in August.
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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
1021 Monterey Salinas Highway
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The famous Laguna Seca Raceway, home to the Historic auto races in August.
Del Monte Shopping Center
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Cinemark Monterey 13
1700 Del Monte Center
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Del Monte Shopping Center

Food Scene

One of our favorite places to go. The journey and the destination are both great! Good food with a fabulous view! The also have a superb gift shop stocked with local artist's work.
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Nepenthe
48510 Highway One
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One of our favorite places to go. The journey and the destination are both great! Good food with a fabulous view! The also have a superb gift shop stocked with local artist's work.
Best Chinese food we know of.
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Tommy's Wok
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Best Chinese food we know of.
Closest Starbuck's to our home at Stone Creek Center. About 5 minutes away. Also there are a 7-11 gas station and Wells Fargo bank.
Starbucks
815 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
Closest Starbuck's to our home at Stone Creek Center. About 5 minutes away. Also there are a 7-11 gas station and Wells Fargo bank.
A respected restaurant just down the road from us. Excellent food and beverages.
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Tarpy's Roadhouse
2999 Monterey Salinas Highway
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A respected restaurant just down the road from us. Excellent food and beverages.
This is my wife's favorite breakfast place. Everything we have ever eaten there has been great! I love their BLT's and their potato salad and she loves the pancakes and cheese blintzes! WARNING. - CASH ONLY!!! Breakfast and Lunch only.
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The Little Swiss Café
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This is my wife's favorite breakfast place. Everything we have ever eaten there has been great! I love their BLT's and their potato salad and she loves the pancakes and cheese blintzes! WARNING. - CASH ONLY!!! Breakfast and Lunch only.
A beautiful dive down the coast and you are there. During the Summer they have chairs in the river to soak your feet while you have a drink! Best BLT I have ever had!
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Big Sur River Inn
46800 California 1
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A beautiful dive down the coast and you are there. During the Summer they have chairs in the river to soak your feet while you have a drink! Best BLT I have ever had!
On Fisherman's Wharf Cafe Fina is one of our favorite restaurants. Great seafood and friendly staff. They have been there for awhile and treat locals and tourists well.
Café Fina
47 Fishermans Wharf
On Fisherman's Wharf Cafe Fina is one of our favorite restaurants. Great seafood and friendly staff. They have been there for awhile and treat locals and tourists well.
Best Italian food period. Super friendly and everything is homemade. Save room for dessert. A touch pricey but worth it.
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La Mia Cucina
208 17th Street
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Best Italian food period. Super friendly and everything is homemade. Save room for dessert. A touch pricey but worth it.
Delicious pizza. Very family oriented (not quiet) locals pizza place. About a 10 minute drive towards Salinas.
Angelina's Pizzeria
22736 Portola Dr
Delicious pizza. Very family oriented (not quiet) locals pizza place. About a 10 minute drive towards Salinas.
A real local's spot for great Mexican food. Very informal. Dine in or take out.
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Michael's Grill & Taqueria
1126 Forest Ave
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A real local's spot for great Mexican food. Very informal. Dine in or take out.
Another locals favorite restaurant! Romantic vibe.
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Casanova
5th Avenue
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Another locals favorite restaurant! Romantic vibe.
Great selection of well sourced grocery items and deli products. Another locals favorite
Elroy's Fine Foods
15 Soledad Drive
Great selection of well sourced grocery items and deli products. Another locals favorite
We love Bruno's Market and Deli! If you are headed down the coast or looking to have a picnic on Carmel beach, stop here first. Their Trip-tip sandwich is a locals favorite.
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Bruno's Market & Deli
Junipero Street
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We love Bruno's Market and Deli! If you are headed down the coast or looking to have a picnic on Carmel beach, stop here first. Their Trip-tip sandwich is a locals favorite.

Shopping

Apple Store, Macy's, Whole Foods and more!
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Del Monte Shopping Center
1410 Del Monte Center
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Apple Store, Macy's, Whole Foods and more!
Outdoor enthusiasts favorite!
REI
145 General Stilwell Drive
Outdoor enthusiasts favorite!
A very accessible, local merchants, non-traditional shopping mall with several good restaurants.
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The Crossroads Carmel
243 Crossroads Boulevard
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A very accessible, local merchants, non-traditional shopping mall with several good restaurants.
Take a stroll up and down Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel. Check out Carmel Drug store for souvenirs. They have wonderful local art galleries and high end stores like Tiffany's, Coach, etc. Perhaps best seen at night when the stores are closed!!
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Carmel-by-the-Sea
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Take a stroll up and down Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel. Check out Carmel Drug store for souvenirs. They have wonderful local art galleries and high end stores like Tiffany's, Coach, etc. Perhaps best seen at night when the stores are closed!!
For those that are looking for Apple products we have an Apple store conveniently located in the Del Monte Shopping Center
Apple Del Monte
240 Del Monte Center
For those that are looking for Apple products we have an Apple store conveniently located in the Del Monte Shopping Center

Essentials

Closest large supermarket - open late.
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Safeway
815 Canyon Del Rey Boulevard
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Closest large supermarket - open late.
Closest gas station and convenience store.
7-Eleven
425 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
Closest gas station and convenience store.
Closest dry cleaner and the best! About 10 minutes away.
Vapor Sudden Service Cleaners
1193 10th St
Closest dry cleaner and the best! About 10 minutes away.

Arts & Culture

One of the finest Photographic organizations around!
Center For Photographic Art
San Carlos Street
One of the finest Photographic organizations around!
Monterey's finest public art gallery.
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Monterey Museum of Art | Pacific Street
559 Pacific Street
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Monterey's finest public art gallery.
This was the first Capitol of California and is located on Monterey's Path of History.
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Colton Hall Museum
570 Pacific Street
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This was the first Capitol of California and is located on Monterey's Path of History.
One of the finest photographic galleries I know of! Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Morley Baer and many more on exhibit.
Weston Gallery Inc
6th Avenue
One of the finest photographic galleries I know of! Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Morley Baer and many more on exhibit.
A chance to see more quality photographs per square foot than anywhere! One of the most diverse collections of images you will ever see. If you love great photography, treat yourself!
Williem Photographic Gallery
426 Calle Principal
A chance to see more quality photographs per square foot than anywhere! One of the most diverse collections of images you will ever see. If you love great photography, treat yourself!