In the opening paragraph of Cannery Row, John Steinbeck describes Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf area as “a nostalgia and a dream.” In many respects, this petite part of the California seacoast is much the same as when Steinbeck wrote about it in the 1940s.
How to get there
Northbound Hwy 1: Take the Munras Avenue exit and turn toward the bay. Munras becomes Abrego Street which in turn becomes Washington Street. The Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot is at 200 Washington Street.
Southbound Hwy 1: Take the Del Monte Avenue exit and turn right at Washington Street or Figueroa.
Things to see and do in Monterey
The original wharf, now known as Old Fisherman’s Wharf, was constructed by the Pacific Coast Steamship Company in 1870 has been in operation ever since. Local attractions include:
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Cannery Row
- Whale watching
- Deep sea fishing
- Kayaking at Del Monte Beach
Today, Old Fisherman’s Wharf is more about amusement than the fishery business. Don’t worry– there’s still plenty of delectable seafood hauled in by fisherman who dock at the “new” wharf.
Dining at Fisherman’s Wharf
There’s something about the brisk, salt-scented air of Monterey that really brings on an appetite. Seafood lovers will find plenty to satisfy their taste buds in the Fisherman’s Wharf district. For an eye-opening breakfast on the pier, drop by Loulou’s Griddle in the Middle and tuck into a plate of fresh banana-chocolate griddle cakes. Loulou’s opens at 7:30 AM every day except Tuesday.
A sensational lunch or dinner can be had at a number of Fisherman’s Wharf eateries. If you’re visiting on a budget, find an affordable menu at Crabby Jim’s Seafood at 25 Fisherman’s Wharf. For a more upscale dining experience, reserve a table at The Old Fisherman’s Grotto at 39 Fisherman’s Wharf.