Pacific Coast Highway Stop 2: Monterey
We left San Francisco early and got our first real glimpse of the PCH in all it’s glory!! It was a stunning drive, we drove past so many beaches on the way out of San Fran not something I’d ever associated with NoCal before.
We got to Monterey early evening after a few stops along the way to take photos of the glorious scenery, after checking in to our hotel we went for a wonder down to Old Fisherman’s wharf to find some food and see what Monterey was all about.
This was both of our first times in Monterey and after San Fran felt much more like we were on holiday. We had dinner in a restaurant with amazing views out over the marina where the cutest little otter was swimming around. All in all a great start to our couple of days in Monterey.
Next morning we headed to aquarium – because when in Monterey go to the aquarium – it was fascinating there was a massive exhibit(?) on jelly fish I had no idea there were so many different types!! Although the highlights had to be finding Dory, the Otters (so cute) and watching the penguins swim under water it was so cool!!
We wandered back into town via the Cannery row, Monterey was famous for sardines once upon a time. There were some cool shops and monuments dedicated to all the factory workers.
That afternoon we went into Carmel which is the next city over, it’s beautiful like stepping back in time it’s a complete time warp so quaint with some lovely vintage shops and a stunning beach. Just a shame it wasn’t quite warm enough to go for a swim.
The famous 17 mile Pebble Beach connects Carmel to Monterey so we drove back that way and saw some amazing beaches and massive houses was an insight into how the other half live.
The next day we left Monterey and head down to Pismo Beach stop 3 on our trip.