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Discover Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, CA

Discover Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, CA, known for its stunning views, aquatic marvels, and fascinating history. You’ll find all of that (and so much more) waiting for you at Old Fisherman’s Wharf. What started as a bustling fishing town evolved into a popular tourist destination in the 1950s, and since then the Wharf has been enchanting visitors from near and far. 


Whale watching is a year-round activity for Monterey visitors. Spot orcas, humpbacks, blue whales, dolphins, and more on an ocean expedition. The guides at Monterey Bay Whale Watch offer a variety of excursions all year long and will take you to the best places to spot these incredible giants up close and personal. Enjoy an inspiring, educational trip narrated by an expert marine biologist with Discovery Whale Watch. If you’re bringing a large group, Discovery is more than happy to offer you a custom private tour. 

For more sightseeing fun, climb aboard and experience the magic of a bay cruise. Charter a Catamaran Cruise with Sail Monterey for a picturesque outing. We especially love their scenic sunset tours. For a glimpse at the magical world beneath the waves, opt for a top-down view of ocean life with a glass-bottom boat ride through Little Mermaid Tours.

For a one-of-a-kind recreational outing, let the folks at J & M Sport Fishing take you on a deep-sea fishing tour. Test your skill as you reel in impressive salmon, halibut, crab, and maybe even a squid or two. 

If you’d rather keep your feet on dry land, you’re still in luck. A simple stroll around the Wharf will bring you face to face with all kinds of ocean wildlife. Silly sea Lions, adorable otters, majestic ocean birds, even dolphins, and whales can be spotted right from the shore. 


Old Fisherman’s Wharf really got its start as a tourist destination when fabulous restaurants began to pop up along the waterfront back in the early to mid-1900s, and there are still plenty of fabulous eateries to be found today. For a delectable seafood menu, including the best Monterey squid in town, tuck in for a bite at the historic Abalonetti Bar & Grill. If a little authentic Italian is more your style, visit the fabulous Paluca Trattoria. This Sicilian-inspired eatery offers an impressive menu, and every table has a stunning ocean view. 

Speaking of scenery, you’re guaranteed to find a spectacular seat and a sumptuous meal at The Grotto Fish Market. Serving up island-style seafood, the Grotto has a delectable oyster bar, inspired seafood cocktails, and award-winning clam chowder. If you’re looking for a light meal or a spot of caffeine, then Water and Leaves is the place to be. Treat yourself to fresh pastries, an impressive array of flavorful teas, and six different flavors of raw, natural honey to sweeten your chosen brew. 


You’ll certainly want a memento to bring home from your visit to the Wharf, so don’t forget to stop by a few of the charming local boutiques. Harbor House Gifts is one of the oldest running businesses in the area. Browse eclectic trinkets, one-of-a-kind finds, and classic souvenirs beneath the world’s largest hand-blown Venetian Murano Glass Chandelier. 

There’s no better way to commemorate your seaside vacation than with an authentic ocean treasure, so stop by Morning Star Pearls for an elegant selection of jewelry, gifts, and more. Stock up on tasty treats for the day (and the drive home) at Carousel Candies. Their kitchens have been churning out taffy, chocolates, and countless other handmade confections for over 60 years. 

There’s so much to discover Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, CA. If you’re ready to visit this enchanting seaside destination, along with the countless other treasures along the Monterey Peninsula, start planning a trip to Carmel Valley Lodge. Our scenic and serene property is conveniently located close to all the must-see spots in Monterey. With acres of lush gardens, luxurious amenities, and a warm staff waiting to welcome you, Carmel Valley Lodge is the perfect jumping-off point for your next idyllic California getaway.

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