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Category: Monterey CA Attractions
This area of the blog reviews the attractions in Monterey CA nearby the Carmel Mission Inn.
By Richard Oh
Otter Cove and Oh Wines
Monterey County has grown world class, quality grapes for many decades. The Wine Enthusiast magazine named Monterey County one of the ten best wine travel destinations of 2013. Here is what Wine Enthusiast editor Steve Heimoff had to say about Monterey County wine country, “it has beautiful scenery, including Big Sur, the 17-Mile Drive and the Pebble Beach golf courses. It has the tourist venues of Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. It has the upscale galleries and bistros of Carmel-by-the-Sea.”
In addition to its changing special exhibitions, the aquarium’s permanent exhibits include a towering three-story kelp forest; touch pools and other hands-on exhibits; the Splash Zone family galleries; and the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, home to sandbar and hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, ocean sunfish and on occasion, a Great White Shark.
Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists when Monterey Bay Aquarium opens its newest special exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”, on April 12.“Tentacles” is just one of many special activities and events planned in 2014, when the acclaimed aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Lastly, if you only had time for one stop, without hesitation I’d tell you to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
Another favorite sunset location of mine is Garrapata State Park. On the northern end is an area known as Soberanes Point. Although not visible from the Highway, there is a cool arch (that I refer to as the Soberanes Arch).
Once the light begins to fade from the Pt. Sur location, get back in your car and drive north for about a mile to Hurricane Point for sunrise light.
Hurricane Point gets its name from the strong updrafts that at times can make opening a car door a struggle; yet, in the early morning, winds are generally non-existent and the first light of sunrise will bathe the hillsides with warm light.
A trip to the Monterey Peninsula would not be complete without a day spent touring one of the world’s most idyllic coastlines – Big Sur!
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of incredible sea creatures. Discover another world under the sea when you watch our short video about this amazing local aquarium. In our short video tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you’ll see colorful coral reef fishes, a giant green sea turtle, huge leopard and sevengill sharks, playful penguins, and elegant jellyfish and seahorses. We hope our video will inspire you to take a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on your next visit to the Monterey Bay Area.
The Beaches of Carmel, California On your next vacation to Carmel, don’t forget to stop at the many beaches located only a short drive away from Carmel Mission Inn. Soft white sand, crystal blue water, and vibrant sunsets are just a few things you’ll have to look forward to as you enjoy another wonderful day on the beach. Watch our short video to discover just a few of the many stunning beaches in Carmel.
This two minute whirlwind video tour takes you from Highway One to the Monterey Bay Aquarium with dozens of video clips gathered from across the Monterey peninsula. Here you will find highlights of the sites, sounds, and taste of Carmel and the surrounding area.