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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Cannery Row, Monterey, CA

The Basics

Today’s Cannery Row is very different from that of the “tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron…” described in Steinbeck’s novel. There has not been an active sardine industry here since 1973, and the street is now filled with boutiques, chain stores, hotels, and restaurants.

The Monterey waterfront is a popular place for visitors and locals to stroll, admire ocean views, snack on salt-water taffy, and access the coastal beaches. The area offshore is preserved as Monterey County’s Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area, home to a large population of California sea lions. Signposts in the area display quotes from Steinbeck and insights into the history of the area, which visitors can delve into more deeply on a walking tour. If you're into sport fishing, you can launch expeditions from McAbee Beach and San Carlos Beach, which bookend the Cannery Row area. Scuba diving in the murky, frigid Pacific is made worth it by the rich biodiversity here, and San Carlos Beach is the most popular spot to launch.

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1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
$85.00 per adult
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Epic
This was an amazing experience, love the gps tour guide with music. The staff has a spirit to serve and are passionate about there job. We are looking forward to our next experience in August. Thank you.
Joseph_D, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

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The beach and butterfly...
Christophe_R, May 2022
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
The beach and butterfly zone the cruise ship driving by the aquarium even goin the wrong way and having to turn around was fun
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It was raining and windy...
Robin_K, Apr 2022
3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour
It was raining and windy but my husband and I had a great time and would love to do it again. We recommend this to at the beginning of your trip so you can get a feel of the town.
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Fun
Jessie_M, Apr 2022
3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour
We were able to see different parts of Monterey that we never knew where there . It was a nice couple date.
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BEST SEA CAR TOUR!!
ARELONDE_R, Mar 2022
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
EVERYTHING!! We have never experienced the Sea Car Tour of anything like it!! We found new places in Monterey to explore later!! Everyone should try this!!
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Happy Anniversary! So much fun!!!
DeAnne_G, Mar 2022
3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour
My husband and I booked this 3 hour tour for our anniversary day while on a camping/vacation trip to Monterey. We were thankful for the 3 hour tour versus the 1 and 2 hour tours. We were able to see and enjoy many places. Also, we had the time to get out and take many wonderful pictures. We have been to Monterey many times but still saw many things and to go areas we had never been before. Not to mention the historical information. We had a blast!
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Awesome
Joel_P, May 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Riding next to the Ocean and looking at the beautiful homes, our vehicle was safe, and your company provided safety helmets for our comfort and confidence. We'll do it next time we visit. Recommend it to all of my friends!
star-5
lots of smiles and thumbs up along the way!
Jeremy_G, Oct 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Really fun and although they have. been on the street for years already, lots of smiles and thumbs up along the way! : )
star-5
Fun unique experience!
Colleen_S, Oct 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Fun way to drive along coast of Monterey. Got lots of waves and smiles from people we passed by on the road.
star-5
Great experience
Matt_C, Jul 2021
3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour
Great experience. Very informative GPS tour guide. It might have been excellent if the roads weren’t so bumpy due to the suspension on the type of vehicle used.
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Good fun
Felicis_H, Aug 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
I had an awesome time. However, the cars need to be serviced so they can easily go up hills or inclines.
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Fun in cars
Kathleen_C, Apr 2021
3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour
It was so much fun. We are in our 70’s and felt young again. We loved seeing the city and hearing about the area. The ocean is beautiful everywhere around the city.
star-5
Awesome, fun! Will definitely do it again!
paula_l, Jul 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
So much laughter! Best part of my trip. Most fun with my daughter. Glad I went on Sunday and not Saturday as there was so much traffic on Saturday.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Traffic and parking in the area can be very congested, especially in summer, so budget some extra time.

  • A popular and scenic way to reach Cannery Row is via 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove, which takes longer but skirts the scenic Pacific Coast.

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How to Get There

If traveling by car on Highway 1, look for signs for Monterey Bay Aquarium, then park at one of the nearby parking garages or on the surrounding streets. During summer, visitors can park in downtown Monterey and hop on the free WAVE shuttle bus (which is clearly signposted) to reach the town’s attractions.

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When to Get There

April and May bring mild temperatures without the heavy crowds of summer vacationers. The weather in central California is almost always mild, but rarely hot enough to lay out on a local beach in your bathing suit. The Central Coast is often host to various festivals, especially of the food-and-wine variety, so consider timing your trip with one of these.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Housed in the former Hovden Cannery, this blockbuster attraction draws visitors from all over the world. The organization is known for its focus on the habitats of Monterey Bay, and is one of the world’s only institutions to host a living kelp forest. Popular residents include the California moray eel, the giant Pacific octopus, the playful sea otters, and the beautiful jellyfish.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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