Whale watching is a popular activity in Monterey Bay, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a whale! Gray and humpback whales are both frequent visitors, although humpbacks are more common. If you’re lucky enough to see one, the sighting will be jaw-dropping! Throughout the year, you can catch sight of whales, including humpbacks, grays, and dolphins. In fact, some whale-watching adventures will even let you see sharks!
The National Steinbeck Center is another must-see attraction for book lovers. Located near the city of Salinas, this museum features Steinbeck’s home and works from his many novels. Besides the museum’s permanent collection, you’ll also find a rotating exhibit of Steinbeck memorabilia and a themed theater. Whether you’re into art or literature, there’s a place for you in Monterey!
If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a blue whale or a humpback whale. July and August are the peak whale-watching months in Monterey. You can also find a great variety of sightings of dolphins, including large pods of over 1000! Grey whales and Minke Whales are also regular visitors to the bay. You can even buy a sweatshirt to stay warm during the colder months.
Located in southern California, Monterey is near the San Francisco Bay area. It is only two hours south of San Francisco, and is under an hour’s drive from Big Sur. Highway 280 and Interstate 1 give easy access to the city. You can also stop by Moss Landing, the Pacific Grove, and Big Sur. If you’re lucky, you might get to see the famous Pinnacles National Park from Monterey.
Besides whales, the area is also home to numerous marine mammals, including elephant seals, and killer whales. While gray whales migrate, killer whales frequently visit Monterey and hunt them. There are many types of fish and kelp that live in the area. Some kelp even reach the height of a tree! If you’re planning a trip to the Bay, be sure to check out the Old Whaling Station located at Heritage Harbor.
There’s plenty of history to be had in Monterey. There are several beaches to explore – McAbee Beach and Del Monte Beach are steps from our hotel. If you’d rather walk, you can also visit Sand City Beach and Asilomar State Beach, which is west of Pacific Grove. Whether you’re visiting for the day or just for the weekend, a trip to Monterey is sure to be a memorable one!
If you’re looking for activities, kayaking along the waters of Monterey Bay is an excellent option. You can take guided tours and observe dolphins and whales from the water. Another popular Monterey activity is whale watching. It is an excellent way to explore the region and experience some of its fascinating history. This is also one of the best places to go whale watching, so be sure to schedule a trip before your vacation!