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Coast Guard Pier

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This is why people flock here. The wildlife is amazing. After years of careful attention to these... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
San Jose, California
Listen to the sealions

A great spot to see the sealions and if you are really lucky some sea otters. The views back over... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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32 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1447
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is why people flock here. The wildlife is amazing. After years of careful attention to these great animals, they happily show us a day in the life of a sea lion. Amazing for all ages. We come here often, and I never tire of...More

Thank norcalgnome
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great spot to see the sealions and if you are really lucky some sea otters. The views back over to Fisherman's Wharf are worth a photograph as the sun sets.

Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to see California sea lions! You can walk to the Monterey Aquarium from here too. That particular day we were lucky enough to see a couple of sea otters as well.

Thank Kris S
Reviewed 12 October 2018

We always walk out this pier to watch the sea lions, seals, otters, and a variety of seabirds. This year the end was fenced off so we couldn't get close to the "gathering" spot on the end for the seals. Nevertheless it was a good...More

Thank sushi4soup
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We walked out the pier to have an overview of the harbour and the bay. Most fascinating were all the seals and sea lions that had their get together party at the end of the pier.

1  Thank Carl-Henrik P
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We were on nearby San Carlos beach and decided to walk out the pier. We could hear the sea lions, but couldn't see them and thought they must be on the side with the Coast Guard boats that we couldn't access. But when we looked...More

1  Thank StephaniefromOakland
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Not much more than a just a concrete pier. Good place to view the sea lions up close while they relax on the rocks below the pier.

Thank socal586
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

Very good place to see sea lions and views of Monterey Bay. It's a short walk from Fisherman's Wharf.

Thank jwmerrell
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We spent a wonderful hour just watching the sea lions. Free entertainment and education. The sea lions hang out on the rocks and it is possible to get within a couple of feet of them.

Thank trew68
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Short walk to and out on the pier. Fun watching and listening to all the sea lions. Definitely worth the free entry and views.

Thank jamaicameonemoretime
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Lynette V
6 March 2018|
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Response from Paul H H | Reviewed this property |
People do fish, however not sure if you need a permit or not.
Susan N
14 June 2015|
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Response from fish t |
yes, they are there year round.
Keith E
2 March 2015|
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Response from Lora B | Reviewed this property |
I was there at the end of October and was able to walk the pier.