Monterey: Another California City I Absolutely Loved


Monterey, California has a charming seaside town vibe that is very different from those beach towns in Southern California. Monterey is a coastal city with a population of about 28,000. Spending some time in Monterey, you can see that it is a tourist destination and rightfully so. After all, its pristine beaches, coastal vibe, and local attractions could make someone (like me) think of staying there forever.

Monterey offers a different kind of energy. Consider its rich history and its important role in Spanish and Mexican California and you would find yourself taken back in time. You can just feel a certain charm and beauty that may be incomparable to other California seaside towns. Just take a look at these photos!

Monterey, California

I was only able to take some photos of the beach/coast, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and Cannery Row as we mainly focused on the sea breeze and enjoyed great company. (and having a few margaritas)

The Beach/Coast

Monterey Bay California Coast

Monterey California Beach

Monterey Bay Beach Rocks

Cannery Row

Monterey Canning Co. sign in Cannery Row in Monterey, California

Cannery Row, Monterey

John Steinbeck Monterey California

Intercontinental hotel monterey

Intercontinental Monterey

Fishing in Monterey California by Cannery Row

Monterey California Cannery Row beach

At the Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey

The Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California is now mainly a tourist destination and is no longer home to commercial fishing.

Fishermans Wharf Sign

Above photo is taken at lunch time. We decided to go Cannery Row first. We came back to the Old Fisherman’s Wharf in the late afternoon.

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf

Boats in Monterey

Monterey California Fisherman's Wharf

If you’re really on a budget, you can just stroll down the pier and you’re bound to see many restaurants offering you free samples of their “signature” clam chowder. I must say, most of them are pretty good! All of these samples would probably amount to a cup of soup!

Monterey Clam Chowder and Crab Domenico's

Look at that crab! This one is also a promo/clam chowder sample station. Domenico’s had pretty good Clam Chowder. (above)

Monterey Bay Whale Watch Center

Piano Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf

I was just… feeling it… (above)


We ended the night listening to some saxophone music at the Wharf.

Monterey Fisherman's Wharf Saxophone Player


It was a fun trip! I can’t wait to go back and truly explore the town. On the way back to Southern California about two days later, we stopped by Monterey again as we wanted to go on the 17-mile drive and then head down to Big Sur. I recommend you to visit Monterey when you get the chance. This costal town is truly beautiful!

Have you been here yet? What is you favorite thing to do in this beautiful coastal city?

  • Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine)


    This is a more charming side of California that I rarely see in photos. Nice post! 🙂

  • Abigail


    what a beautiful place! I hope to travel through America in the future and this has gone on the list! fantastic photography.

    • Ron

      Thank you Abigail!

  • Laveena Sengar


    California is my all time favorites. Love this post. Your pictures are great and I totally feel that I must visit this place soon.

  • kittylimon


    what a picturesque place, your photographs really bring it to life for me 🙂

    • Ron

      Thanks, Kitty!

  • Laveena Sengar


    Well I have always said that California is my favorite place to be in. This article has made me aware of some extra knowledge today. Loved the post

    • Ron

      Thanks Laveena!

  • Jasmin N


    That city looks absolutely amazing! Definitely going to my to go to – list haha 😀

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

    • Ron

      Hi Jasmin! California seaside towns are always great to visit. Hope you can visit someday!

  • Alexandra


    I have never been there, but it looks so beautiful :O Amazing photos and it seems as nice place to visit 🙂


    • Ron

      Thanks Ally! I hope you get to visit Monterey and the whole Monterey peninsula someday!

  • claire davey


    wow what a great place it packed with culture and tradition my perfect place to go.

    • Ron

      Hi Claire! It’s such a relaxing and lovable California seaside town. I wish we took more pictures!

  • thatberlinlife


    That crab looks so cool! Thanks for introducing this unknown side of Cali 🙂

    • Ron

      The seaside towns of California are always great. If you ever make a trip to California, I recommend that you do a road trip on our coastal highways!

  • lottie


    oh man, we used to take weekend trips (or random trips when my dad had a day off) to the aquarium. I can’t believe how much I remember looking at your pictures. Monterey is one place I’m sure I could live and never ever tire of. Your pictures always make me so so homesick!! Can’t wait to see your Big Sur pictures.


    • Ron

      Hi Lottie,

      We had a great time there too! Unfortunately, We didn’t have enough time for the aquarium but it’s still there. You should visit again! I’m compiling all California coast pictures now. 🙂 Hope you’re well!

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