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Pacific Coastline - 17 Mile Drive, at Pebble Beach

Helen Kennedy

Monterey has a small town aptmosphere, but is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Here there are many things to do and see, including a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, fishing in the bay, whale watching tours, kayacking through kelp forests (where you can see otters) and enjoying the splendors of God's creation.

Monterey has both a rustic charm and crass tourista feeling.. Cannery Row has plenty of shopping and is worth a visit and there are some nice stores to be found there but it takes some searching. I did find it a bit odd to see Southwestern themed stores and a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory there..seeing how I am from Denver.

  Avoid Louie Linguine's a over priced "Italian" seafood joint..Where my Sunday lunch for 2 was $55 with tip. bland and overcooked fish....it has a "jungle jim" feel to the place..the only mistake on my visit there.

  The Monterey Bay aquarium is everything I heard it was..give yourself 3 hours at least.. And eat there at the aquarium, the food was fresh, well prepared and reasonable in cost.

Plan your day so you can drive on to Big Sur..the 20-30 miles south on Hwy 1 abound with photo ops. However gas up before you leave Monterey..Big Sur gas prices run about a dollar higher than the rest of the area

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March 24, 2004 change by kuma

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