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Old Fisherman's Wharf

July 15, 2018
Category: Places to Visit in Monterey

Monterey, California is a popular tourist destination because of its rich history, local art, breathtaking ocean views, one-of-a-kind shopping, scenic trails and quaint architectural style. During your stay be sure to visit the Old Fisherman’s Wharf - a favorite destination among tourists. 

Visit the Old Fisherman’s Wharf

The Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey originated as a wholesale fish market for locals in the 1960s that eventually became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. The Old Wharf not only still hosts some fishing boats and fresh markets, but is also home to dozens of local-owned shops with unique gifts, trinkets, jewelry, candies (like handmade taffy), souvenirs, and ocean treasures, restaurants with delicious, mouthwatering, fresh seafood delicacies, daily live entertainment (including the Wharf Theatre), and frequent events such as the Greek Festival, Crabfest, and more. The neighboring wharf is still the heart of the city’s fishing industry, and the unloading of all daily catches can be observed from the tourist pier. 

One of the favorites among tourists and locals alike is Whale Watching. Take a trip far into the Pacific Ocean and observe dozens of playful sea otters, silly seals, pelicans, curious seagulls and other sea life - featuring majestic whales - loving life in their natural habitat. Many local companies have adapted “Whale Alert” GPS technology to track specific species of whale in the surrounding areas, which make it easier to determine where sightings are most likely to occur. Attempt deep sea fishing, a glass-bottom boat tour or just sit back and relax on a quiet, family cruise. No matter what the adventure, an overabundance of photograph opportunities await as you enjoy the breathtaking views and fresh ocean air. 

Enjoy the cool breeze in your face and glistening ocean waters at one of the popular wine and beer tasting venues, or check into the popular Grotto for ocean views from a candlelit dinner table and sample fresh calamari, the famous clam chowder bread bowl or the fresh catch of the day. Explore the Wharf at night when it appears as if you’re strolling through a fairy tale surrounded by the soothing sounds of the gentle crashing ocean waves on the rocks below and glowing twinkling lights like stars overhead that run the length of the Wharf. Have a caricature artist draw unique photos of you and your loved ones and friends, or catch frequent live music performances by local artists to brighten your day or set the romantic tone for your evening. 

Stay at The Stevenson Monterey

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Monterey, The Stevenson is walking distance from most local attractions and gorgeous ocean views. Our hotel offers budget-friendly spacious rooms, friendly staff, free indoor and outdoor parking, a heated pool and complimentary continental breakfast. Book direct for lowest rates at