Oceans in Glass – Discovering Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the top attractions in the bay. Visiting Monterey wouldn’t be complete without encountering these sea creatures who were being preserved by the management of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Children and adults who have visited the aquarium were fascinated with its large, modern and huge variety of activities and things to look at.



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Below is a full length documentary about Monterey Bay Aquarium which will give you a broad view about the “Oceans in Glass” attraction in Monterey.

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17 Mile Drive – One of the Most Scenic Drives in the World

Do you love driving? If your answer is YES you will love it even more when you experience the 17 Mile Drive. 17 mile drive is one of the best scenic drive throughs you will see in planet Earth. This famous coastal landmark is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

17 mile drive

Make sure to bring your camera! This drive through offers great views of famous golf courses, mansions, scenic attractions, the Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.

17 Mile Drive

One more thing that you must not forget is your $10 cash – toll fee for non-residents. The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach.

17 mile Drive

If you are visiting Monterey Bay California, make sure to experience one of the most luxurious drive through in North California.


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Nightlife in Monterey Bay

After spending the whole day in exhilarating outdoor activities, some of us just wanna sit back, relax, and cap off the perfect day with a night out and some delicious breweries.

The heart of Monterey’s nightlife is found on Alvarado Street and Cannery Row. Check out these walkable city blocks bursting with bars, live music, DJs, salsa dancing, comedy shows and karaoke. All for the sake of painting the town red!

Bars and Breweries

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Enjoy delicious, frothy craft beers and sophisticated cocktail shots in the bars and breweries that line up Cannery Row. You will find several craft breweries and beer houses  that are sure to wet your whistle throughout the night like Cannery Row Brewing Company, C Restaurant + Bar and the Blue Fin Café & Billiards. Enjoy billiard tournaments, karaoke, and salsa dancing while sipping your favorite spirit.

Want to go bar hopping? Head over to downtown Monterey and get the party started in Britannia Arms Pub & Restaurant, Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill and Peter B’s Brewpub which are all within walking distance.

Live Music and Dancing

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Shake that thing and get your groove on to jazz, soul and funk music at at Cibo Ristorante Italiano. Party starts 7pm and ends at 10pm EVERY night.

Bored? Enjoy some belly laugh over at  Planet Gemini on Fremont Street where they feature a stand-up comedian every Friday and Saturday nights as well as an Italian themed night on Tuesdays with live music.

Do check out the events calendar and list of performing arts centers for even more ways to grab YOLO moments here in Monterey.

Trivia Nights

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Are you a trivia master? Then get your game on and test your brain power while indulging a glass of beer or two. There are trivia nights held almost every day of the work week. It’s a great way to have some fun, explore new places, make new friends and win fantastic prizes!

Check out these places for the most challenging trivia night in town.


Are you visiting Monterey Bay or is your family coming over for a vacation? Are you looking for a local place to accommodate you? Come and stay with us here in Munras Inn! Nestled at the coastal community of Monterey Bay, we offer 29 charming, well appointed rooms. Munras Inn is definitely the best choice for you! Book with us now by clicking here, or call us at (831) 646-9696.  You’ll definitely enjoy great accommodation and excellent customer service.

Holiday Favorites in Monterey Bay

Welcome to Monterey Bay where Holiday celebrations bring back memories that touch the heart and create new ones to last a lifetime. The month of December is packed and running with holiday events that will surely keep you and your whole pack entertained. We’ve rounded up a complete list of family-friendly holiday activities and info to keep you busy during the best time of the year.


1. Ice Skating by the Bay

Saturday, November 22 – Sunday, January 4

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Custom House Plaza has been transformed into winter wonderland for this year’s Ice Skating by the Bay. Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastlinein the the outdoor ice rink well into the New Year!

Admission for adults is: $12 • Admission for children 12 & under: $10 • Skate Rental Fee: $3

2. Streets of Bethlehem

Wednesday, December 3 – Saturday, December 6, 6:00pm-8:30pm

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The Streets of Bethlehem is a free community outdoor Christmas experience brought to you by volunteers from the First Baptist Church of Salinas. Discover the sights, sounds, and scents of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ as they recreate the entire town of Bethlehem to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience.

3. Seaside’s Winter Wonderland

Friday, December 12, 6:00pm


Don’t miss arts and crafts, hay rides, official tree lighting, ice skating and a visit from Santa during the City of Seaside’s Winter Wonderland Celebration.

4. Jingle Bell Run with Santa

Saturday, December 13, 8:00am-11:00am

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In the spirit of holiday sharing, join the Jingle Bell 5K race (run or walk) to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Get festive by wearing holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to your shoelaces.

5. Santa’s Fly-In

Saturday, December 13, 10:30am

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Be wowed as Santa and Mrs. Claus fly in by helicopter direct from the North Pole to Carmel Valley Village Airfield! There they’ll board their sleigh and lead a parade through Carmel Valley Village. Enjoy a parade filled with horses, the Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club train, unique autos and more! There’s also a photo session with jolly Old Saint Nick at the Carmel Valley Youth Center for the kids to enjoy.


We hope to see you in one of these events soon!

Visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see when you’re stopping by the city of Monterey, CA. The public aquarium is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row. Because of its popularity, it has an annual attendance of 1.8 million visitors. If you’re planning to stop by the place, here are some quick tips and information to help you organize and get the most out of your visit in the most beautiful aquarium in the world!


1. Getting to the aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, MBA, Monterey Bay Aquarium Location

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in Monterey at the west end of historic Cannery Row, just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach. Monterey is approximately 125 miles (208 km) south of San Francisco and 360 miles (600 km) north of Los Angeles.

Full address:
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940


2. Select a day for a visit

Weekends will be more crowded than weekdays. If possible, visit the aquarium during the week.


3. Avoid long lines and purchase your tickets in advance

The place can get a little crowded on some days and lining up for a ticket can eat a lot of your visit time. Purchase your tickets online. You’ll be able to save time and find some great discounts when you purchase from the web. It’s quick, easy, and totally hassle-free. Click here to purchase your admission tickets ahead. Take note that the prices of the aquariums admission tickets varies by category. Do be careful what category of ticket you buy, it might not be applicable to you.


4. Arrive when the aquarium opens

Arrive early and organize your day around the showings and feedings. Some places have limited viewing areas (like the sea otters) so go to the early shows to get a view while you can. To help you plan ahead, click here and view the aquariums daily schedule (including programs and feedings).


5. Visit the most popular exhibits first before the crowd thickens

The crowd can get a bit overwhelming especially during mid-day. If you arrive early, try to get a look of the most popular exhibits first to avoid huge crowds. Here are some of the most awesome exhibits of the aquarium:


Kelp Forest

Kelp forest, Monterey bay aquarium

The  Kelp Forest exhibit was designed as the centerpiece of the aquarium, and was the first exhibit in the world to include a living kelp forest. Eighty species of seaweeds grow in this exhibit, some of which have also entered the aquarium through the water from the bay rather than being deliberately planted.


Open Sea Galleries

The open sea galleries showcase sharks,  a school of 3000 anchovies swimming against the endless current of a toroidal tank, a puffin exhibit, juvenile sea turtle exhibit, and multimedia experiences highlighting microscopic plankton.


Other popular exhibits

Octopus in blue ocean

Other popular exhibits include penguin exhibit, seahorses, jellyfish special exhibit and tentacles special exhibit.


Prepare to be amazed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the 550 aquatic species on display in more than 100 exhibits. Hope you enjoy your visit!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Summer 2014 has Started in Monterey Bay

Summer has just started! You wouldn’t want a summer break of boredom and frustration just because you got nothing to do, right? Especially if everyone is excited to take their out of town trips or a good swim in the pool under the sun. Im sure you can’t picture yourself staying at home by this time. So to make this season memorable for you. We will bring you top reasons why you should spend this time of the year in Monterey Bay.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Kids and kids at heart definitely love the sea life. Get a chance to see penguins, jellies sharks and limitless numbers of marine creatures right before your very eyes at Monterey Bay Aquarium. I bet not everyone once in their life had an opportunity to dive and discover the waters of the sea and have an intimate experience with the forms underwater. But with Monterey Bay Aquarium you will get to have a face to face encounter with the sea creatures. We all have an innate wish to know the unknown, to discover the nature and to explore the wonders of the underwater. All these and more you will experience when you visit Monterey Bay Aquarium. Make your summer vacation less stressful, fun and memorable for you and your kids. Visit Monterey Bay Aquarium at 886 Cannery Row Monterey CA 93940. Its open daily from or 930am to 06:00pm.

Museum of Art Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay, Museum of Art. Originally published in http://www.Tripadvisor.com

Take a romantic tour in a rustic backdrop while enjoying the works of the artists from the 19th and the 20th century at Monterey Museum of Art. Be delighted by the pieces of artworks by some of the local artists up to the wonderful works of the famous Pablo Picasso. If you like to experience the best of both worlds – antiquity plus modernism combined, this place is definitely a must visit. Monterey Museum of Arts is a lovely place to take pictures for souvenirs. Photographers and non-photographers alike will love the gardens, the settings and the nature, perfect for some selfies and family pictures. Monterey Museum of Art operates in two locations, one is at 559 Pacific Street and the other located at 720 Via Mirada, California.


Monterey Peninsula Trail

Monterey Peninsula Trail. Originally published at http://www.xtri.com

Considered as one of the most scenic long trails in California, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail is an 18 mile trail stretching from Pacific Grove to the Castroville charms locals and tourists because of its wonderful beauty. You and your family can go walking or jogging or even biking as you enjoy the magnificent view of the Monterey Bay. Ocean views include boats, and a variety of sea life that will definitely enthrall you. In Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, nature is just everywhere. The beautiful view of the place will stop you from biking from time to time just to take pictures of the great landscape. Can’t think of a nice summer destination this summer? Head on to Monterey Peninsula Bay Recreational Trail and enjoy the fresh air while looking at God’s stunning creation.

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Weekend Itinerary in Monterey Bay California

The great state of California has many places to visit and towns with their own special attractions and landmarks. One good example of a popular place to visit in California is the City of Monterey.

This town has been called home by many local and well-known artists and many of California’s first semblance of modern civilization was established here like the first printing press and first public library. While particularly well known for their lovely coastline, Monterey is also home to many tourist spots that families and groups love to visit when they take a quick 2 or 3 day weekend vacation.

Old Fisherman Wharf

Here are a few suggestions on which places you should add in your itinerary when you visit Monterey Bay.

One of the most popular places to visit in Monterey and in the whole of California is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. With the primary goal of educating the public in marine and ocean preservation, the Aquarium brings together the various marine life exhibits that range from jelly fishes, sea otters, penguins, coral reefs and of course all the different fishes and creatures living in the sea. A visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium will take about half a day so be sure to arrive early and make time for it in your itinerary.


For the shopper and art aficionado, a visit to Downtown Carmel is a must in any itinerary. Here you will find boutiques left and right which sells a variety of goods. As you explore this area, you’ll notice the squares which are beautifully decorated by flora and fauna. Alongside them are the different art galleries which you can view and purchase if budget permits. This place is definitely worth a visit.

For a bit of sightseeing, add a visit to the Cannery Row in your itinerary. The Cannery Row is a street in Monterey where the area is lined with now abandoned sardine canning facilities. This location has become popular due to several literary works and movies that use the area as their settings. Today, the cannery row is quite popular with tourists and it now has various restaurants, hotels and there are even sea lions spotted in certain areas. Monterey was also quite well-known for its thriving fishing industry.

This still holds true and a visit to Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf is a testament to that. Everyday you’ll be able to see fishermen bring in their catch from the bay and prepare them for selling in the market. You’ll also see sea lions and sea gulls as they wait for fishermen to throw them some fish. There are also restaurants and other dining places available right here.

Finally, a visit to Monterey won’t be complete without some Whale Watching. The California bay is one of the few places where tourists are able to see whales near the surface of the water all year. This is truly a unique and even an overwhelming experience as some whales actually approach boats on their own. If you can only do a handful of things in Monterey, make sure you include this one.There you have it, some of the best things to do in Monterey that are definitely worthy of adding into your weekend itinerary. For accommodations while visiting Monterey, a good option would be the Vagabond Inn. It’s perfect for families and is located right next to downtown Monterey.

With these in your itinerary, you’re sure to have one of the best weekend getaways ever.For more information on Vagabond Inn,

Monterey Bay Wax Museum

Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum by Steinbeck

The Monterey Bay in California is never short on things to do or places to visit. It has so many attractions that not only cater to adults but also to kids as well. There are plenty of outdoor activities and a few shopping destinations. Some of the notable places to visit include the Fisherman’s Wharf, the beaches and the whale watching, several parks, and of course the old cannery row. There are many things to see in the cannery row, but one of its older attractions includes Steinbeck’s Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum.

Monterey Bay Wax Museum

As the name implies, the wax museum contains sculptures of people that depict the history, culture and the civilization of the community that thrived in Monterey Bay. As mentioned earlier, Steinbeck’s Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum is quite old already, dating as far back as the 1970’s. The museum is attributed to John Steinbeck, a celebrated American writer who has won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Grapes of Wrath. His other famous literary works include the East of Eden and Of Mice and Men. He is beloved in Monterey, California, due in part to his many different literary works which make use of Monterey as its setting.

The attribution of Steinbeck to the Wax Museum in Monterey is due to the fact that many of the displays found inside the museum depict certain scenes in some of his novels. As a matter of fact, the Cannery Row was so named because of the immense popularity of his novel called Cannery Row. If you visit the Wax Museum in Monterey today, you’ll even see a wax sculpture of John Steinbeck sitting with a group of his peers enjoying a couple of drinks.

The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum depicts over 450 years of Monterey’s rich history and the people who helped and contributed to the rich culture of Monterey today. The museum holds over a hundred different wax sculptures grouped into different moments in time to showcase how their lifestyle was during the early 1900s. Some of these wax figures portray workers from the now defunct sardine canning factories, a bullfight scene, prostitutes, Indians and many more.

The wax museum also features certain audio and visual presentations to provide accurate and detailed descriptions of the wax statues and the events they were presenting. There are even mechanical wax statues that move with the audio for a more immersive and entertaining experience. The price for admission is very affordable and the wax museum is a good means of entertainment for the whole family.

The Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum is more than just an entertaining romp for the family. It preserves history of Monterey and ensures that future generation are educated about their past and what the Monterey Bay as gone through in the ages. Make sure to include a visit to the wax museum into your itinerary when you visit Monterey. Remember to book a hotel that’s not only affordable, but also close to attractions and commercial spots in the Monterey Bay area. A hotel like the Vagabond Inn Hotel in Monterey is within minutes to the Cannery Row and the Wax Museum.

Monterey Bay Shopping destination

Top Shopping Destinations in Monterey Bay California

Monterey Bay California, a shopping destination.

Monterey has always been one of the top vacation spots in California because of its beautiful coast line and all the fun and diverse activities that it provides. There are so many things to do in Monterey which includes outdoor activities, animal and wildlife adventures, relaxing in parks and of course the beaches. However, Monterey is quickly becoming one of the top shopping destinations in California as well. Here are a few of the best places in Monterey where you can shop till you drop!

Visit the historical Cannery Row
Shopping in Monterey is intermingled with fun activities because each tourist spot in the county has a group of stores and boutiques that offer a wide variety of items for sale. Among the different must see places in Monterey, the Cannery Row is right on the top of the list. Once a street filled with rows of sardine canning factories, the Cannery Row has been since converted into a thriving commercial hub where you can find hotels, restaurants, waterfront activities, attractions and of course, many shopping establishments.

There are around 80 different vendors selling a wide range of items from souvenirs, to clothing, to artisan goods. You can even find some of the leading brands here if you truly are in a shopping mood. If you are not yet sure what to buy in Monterey, then a visit at the Cannery Row will give you plenty of options to choose from. Cannery Row is perfect for families as it can provide a variety of interesting activities that will keep kids entertainment as well.

Monterey Bay Shopping destination

Works of Art at Moss Landing
A great combination of relaxation and entertainment, Moss Landing is an amazing place for nature hikes, beach fun and shopping in Monterey. Moss Landing is home to many different stores that sell different paintings and other works of art. If you are lucky, there are times when there are art exhibits on display where you can weave your way through different items that are on sale. There are also coffee shops that double as art galleries for your viewing pleasure. It is an intimate spot for couples too.

Additionally, Moss Landing is also very well known for the different antique shops in the area. Anybody will enjoy browsing through the different vintage decorations, furnishings and many other items. If you look through all that’s available, you might find rare pieces that you’ll love.

Carmel-By-The-Sea is a must visit for any shopper
Shopping in Monterey will not be complete without a proper visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea. Actually, this area is very popular as a shopping destination. This spot has almost everything; it has art galleries, clothing retailers, jewelry stores, wine and gourmet shops, souvenirs, restaurants and entertainment for everybody. Truly a must visit for any shopaholic.

When visiting Monterey California, make sure to make time and visit the many shopping establishments. Book your hotel in a central area where you can easily travel to the many different shopping spots. A good hotel like Vagabond Inn is perfectly situated in an area where in you are just minutes away from the beach, local attractions and shopping centers. They can also provide you with information and tips to ensure you make the most of your stay. Vagabond Inn is also perfect for families because they have rooms big enough for 2 adults and kids.

Family Fitness in Monterey Sports Center

One of the top priorities of families is always going to be the health of both the parents and the children. Parents would usually achieve this by providing their kids with nourishing food to eat and staying away from junk food as much as possible. Parents would try to stay fit by also going to the gym and working out if schedule and time permits. However, one of the new trends these past few years is that fitness is turning into more than just a means to maintain health and fitness. The whole family and not just the parents are going to fitness centers these days and even young kids are going.


As a matter of fact, this is one of the trends nowadays that the Monterey Sports Center in California would like to promote. A quick look through their website and you can tell that the sports center is not just for adults. Kids can enjoy themselves here and see what good staying fit and healthy can do for the mind and the body. The Monterey Sports Center is the largest fitness facility in the one whole of the Monterey Peninsula. Their establishment is divided into 5 areas all focused in providing specific exercises, training, and recreational activities.

The Fitness section is all about evaluating a person’s physical state and provides an evaluation which includes physical strength, cardiovascular performance, blood pressure, flexibility and even a treadmill ergometry test. In this area there are personal trainers who can help you achieve your physical fitness goals and provide one-on-one Yoga and Pilates sessions.

The Group Exercise section is composed of several studios where groups of people socialize and enjoy physical exercises like cycling, yoga, Zumba, dance, conditioning, aqua splash and many more. Monterey Sports Center updates their website for the schedules so make sure to check which classes work best.

The Aquatics section is arguably very popular with the kids. Here, swimming lessons are available and there is even lifeguard training and water safety instructor course. There is also a Tot Time which is for parents and their children aged 5 and below to enjoy a bit of swimming. Float night is also fun as people are encouraged to bring anything that floats for a fun swimming pool party.

The Gym and Camps section is where people can join in teams and focus on a particular activity. Monterey Sports Center offers martial arts, cheerleading, teen work experience, volleyball, and youth wrestling.

Lastly, the Physical Therapy section is where visitors of the center can work on any physical injuries, pains and other limitations. Individuals with aching knees, poor posture, flexibility and other complications can set up an appointment for a physical therapy session to assess the person’s physical condition and identify the best course to take in order to resolve and physical complications.

The Monterey Sports Center is a comprehensive and family friendly facility that not only promotes fitness and healthy living, but also supports family bonding, camaraderie and positive reinforcement. Tourists staying in Monterey for a few days are always welcome to visit the sports center. Hotels in Monterey like the Vagabond Inn are perfect for families because of their well-appointed and spacious rooms as well as their affordability.