Old Fisherman’s Wharf is located in Downtown Monterey. It is a very old, historic wharf used for trade in the olden times. Now, it houses several souvenir stores and sea food restaurants. It is a pleasure walking along the wharf. Competitive restaurants give out samples of Clam Chowder soup. There are so many souvenir shops selling cute items that can be bought once in a while for keeps’ sake.
Catch hold of some ice-cream (if you are feeling adventurous because it is always so cool and windy there) or coffee and stroll along the wharf. Sometimes, there are street shows going on. Otherwise, it is just fun to watch people making merry.
You must end your walk with lunch at one of the many restaurants offering wonderful variety of fresh seafood (Try calamari and crab). Clam Chowder in sourdough bread bowl is a must-try! All restaurants are on ocean front, so that’s a plus. While you are waiting for food, watch seagulls fishing around for food.
From here, you can go for whale-watching (when the season is right), take a glass-bottomed boat ride, watch otters and sea-lions lounging around or go on a fishing trip if you have the right amount of patience!
Monterey is a very interesting location that has a lot to offer – everything from hikes to museums, aquariums, golf resorts, historic walks and parks. You can plan to spend a couple of days in Monterey exploring all your interests.
Other places of interest in and around Fisherman’s Wharf: Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17 Mile Drive, Museum of Monterey, Old Custom’s House (both located at the Wharf), Carmel.
Interesting fact: The Monterey Bay Aquarium runs a “Seafood Watch” program, and keeps a list of which sea life is overfished and which are safe, and environmentally friendly, to eat. Pick a copy of the list up at the Aquarium, or around town. Many local restaurants have signed on to the Seafood Watch program. (Source: Wikitravel)
– I prefer Clam Chowder at The Golden Gate Grill, SFO. In fact, that’s the only clam chowder I have ever liked. Fisherman’s Wharf at Monterey is known for its Clam Chowder and you must taste it yourself to decide.
– The Wharf is a fun, family place. There is something for everyone. It is a busy place on holidays and weekends and yet that place has something very calming about it.
– There isn’t much to do on the wharf itself. It is attractive during the first visit. If you want to go there the second time, it is a good idea to plan other places in Monterey as well.
You get a feel of the Wharf’s old world charm even before reaching the main wharf.
An old model of the wharf.
A great option for kids.
Whale watching season has begun and will be on through mid December. Look for deals online to enjoy this experience.
Open counters like these display mouth-watering, luscious breads, pastas and seafood. Go ahead. Drool. And then try ‘em.
Look around the wharf and you will see many rustic, antique-looking items that are true to its archaic nature.
If you want to have coffee and relax, try Coffee House (and give Starbucks a pass). It is located in the beginning of wharf (on the right) but in a secluded portion. You can enjoy coffee with crepes on the deck along with the sounds of water lapping against the wooden columns.
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