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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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24 Jun 2018
“Stop Often Along the Coast for Spectacular Sights.”
30 Sep 2017
“Wonderful ”
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the sanctuary encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean...more
Monterey Bay, CA 93940
+1 831-647-4201
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Running in coastal length of 276 miles, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is beautiful in so many places. We love the coastal area running south of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey Bay. The sights are stunning along the Pacific Coast so stop often if you have...More

Thank Bakerfortress
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Worth every cent, what a place. You see the wonderful Bay, wildlife and scenic drive. At various viewing points you can read the information about Bay and sanctuary which is very exiting and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed the few hours spent there.

Thank Anand1351
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing views from the highway. We approached from Monterey on the way to San Francisco. Worth a stop and photo op.

Thank Reasonable50
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice, well kept property. Gas fireplace/central heating in the room. Most rooms have a view of the ocean. The sound of waves and wind make for a cozy, romantic night. Will definitely go again.

Thank Cassandra F
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

2 friends and I had a great day of whale watching! Tons of whales , very knowledgeable marine biologist , Doris and great mate Katy! Thanks for a memorable time guys!! A must do adventure !

Thank mrmobley
Reviewed 30 January 2016

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is truly the highlight of any visit to Monterey and it would be shame to go there and not get in out into the water. I did a great kayaking trip with Adventures by the Sea and saw otters...More

Thank Tony K
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

My friends and I are so glad this place exists. It's beautiful, and sea life watching is phenomenal! My friend is a marine biologist, and she had so much fun telling us what was what and fun facts about all the animals and plant life....More

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 30 November 2014

There are plenty of places in the area to enjoy views of the coast and the wildlife. It's a great area to spot seals, otters and lots of birds. There are nice beaches throughout, where you can park and explore or just relax and enjoy...More

Thank Steven W
Reviewed 12 April 2014

Highway 1 provides great access to the hundreds of miles of coastline in this sanctuary. We stopped at many locations and were impressed by so many working to protect the animals. Volunteer docents roamed the paths overlooking the elephant seal beaches providing interesting tidbits. The...More

4  Thank TJ T
Reviewed 13 March 2014

A biologist's dream! Lots of animal life in the tide pools, and the plant life is abundant! The ocean is a beautiful aquamarine color.

3  Thank LindaMG
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