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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

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1,891 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

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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
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
Very fun.
Kenton_G, Apr 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Quick stops along the route was great for pics. It was easy to see everything along the route. I wish our rep turned up the speaker tho.
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memorable fun sized adventure
Andrea_C, Apr 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
The car was easy to maneuver and comfortable for two people! Great to look at and drive-by scenic views.
star-5
Amazing!
Marialuiza_S, Apr 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Such a fun time! You got to see Monterey in a different way! Highly recommended. The staff were amazing and super cool! Spend the money. You’ll thank us later!
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A fun day
Alma_A, Aug 2020
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
It was a wonderful ride And I will do it again with all my kids!!!! It was very handy the GPS gave us the little tour
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Ocean views 😍
Bethany_M, Aug 2020
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Wonderful experience! The experience was seamless and absolutely the highlight of our trip. My only complaint is I wish I extended my time to the 3hour. Thanks again!
star-5
Crusing the coast
Fred_G, Jul 2020
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
The staff was great. The car was a blast. Our only problem was the navigation was hard to follow and impossible to hear until we plugged in our ear buds
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Fun and informative
Whitney_G, Jun 2020
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Beautiful scenery and easy to navigate with the IPad provided. Fun for people of all ages and affordable. I would recommend this activity.
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Driving
Bianca_R, Jun 2020
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
So much fun ! Highly recommend it! The guy who worked there was nice. In the car they give you directions and a little history of what your driving by. Great time
star-5
Great way to see Monterey!
Rachel_M, Jun 2020
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
Excellent way to see some sites in Monterey! We did the one hour tour which was just right. The car was easy to operate and we had no issues getting around. Highly recommended!
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Great fun !
David200, Aug 2019
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
A great way to drive the coast road - so easy to do and so much fun for the children - with awesome views thrown in ! Thanks to Andrew at Sea Cars who was super helpful.

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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