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on the water in Monterey Bay

On the water in Monterey Bay, California

You can’t visit the California coast without an ocean tour! Especially in Monterey Bay, the marine animals are incredible! We saw thousands of sea lions, birds, and fish. In addition to leopard seals, dolphins, and several types of whales.  It has been has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky. The bay is recognized as an ideal ocean vacation, given that the natural beauty of the area draws you in. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read the full disclosure policy.

Monterey Bay’s rich history includes the saga of California’s Mission Trail, historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. We took it all in! The Fisherman’s Wharf, walks along the beaches, and abundant sea life were are favorites of the area. For a place to stay we recommend the Monterey Bay Suites and the Monterey Bay Lodge. The town is bit too touristy for us, so we didn’t stay long before moving up the coast to Half Moon Bay.

on the water in Monterey Bay

See more of our Pacific Coast journey at Pebble Beach, Big Surand the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Are you planning a Trip? I use Travel Velocity and Trip Advisor to find the best rates for hotel, car, and airline tickets.

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  1. Monterey (and nearby Pacific Grove) is my favorite day trip destination. It is just gorgeous there. The place just makes you happy.

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Yes it does! I love Pacific Grove too, gorgeous views of sea and surf from the hills.

  2. We were on Cannary row and the Aquarium a couple of weeksback. Love it there. It’s a great place for whale watching too. 🙂
    Lovely photographs, Kristy. 🙂

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Divya, yes it. If only I had better sea legs I would go again. But we saw loads of sea life on the whale tour we took.

  3. I love Monterey Bay and your photos are stunning!
    Thanks for sharing and happy WW to you!

  4. What a beautiful place! My husband has seen Half Moon Bay a few times, traveling on business, but I have yet to make it to California. Some day!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Kym, you won’t regret it when you do. It’s one the most beautiful places I’ve ever been too!

  5. I love staying somewhere on the coast when we travel, whatever the weather is, but I prefer a quieter place too. Enjoy the summer. And thank you for the link up. It’s winter here!

  6. those seals on the rocks….love them! I remember my visit to Monterey….it was one of my favorite places

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Mine too Mitzi

  7. Would love to see something like that, I get a bit sick looking at algae on the lakes. I remember seeing some seals driving through OR and remember the sound and smell the most.

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Oh yes, they are quite fragrant!

  8. Gentle Joy Photography says:

    Looks like a beautiful place! 🙂

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