Up until the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened, Monterey was best known as the sardine capital of the Western Hemisphere—that is, until overfishing (among other theories) forced most of the canneries to close in the early ’50s.

Resigned to trawling for tourist dollars instead, the city converted its low-slung sardine factories along Cannery Row into a rather tacky array of boutiques, knickknack stores, yogurt shops, and the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium (a must-visit).

As you distance yourself from The Row, however, you’ll soon see that Monterey also has its share of plusses that help even the score: dazzling seacoast vistas, stately Victorians, historic architecture, and a number of quality lodgings and restaurants.

More important, Monterey is only minutes away from Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Big Sur, which makes it a great place to set up base while exploring the innumerable attractions lining the Monterey coast.

~ Matthew Poole

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  • Submitted On : 24 Jan 2015