Monterey Travel Guide
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Whale Watching – Dec. through May
For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Monterey.
The Aquarium is your window to marine life in the Monterey Bay!
Historic Cannery Row is great destination for hotels, shopping, dining, and, oh, yes, the Aquarium!
Fall is fishing and crabbing season!
The rocky bottom around Monterey make it perfect for ocean adventures!
Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May
Pebble Beach…need I say more.
Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially on Highway 1 between Seaside and Monterey. Also, 68 between Highway 1 and 101 can be extremely slow. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.
Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.
EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.
Carmel Valley and Big Sur have major wildfires. Authorities expect them to burn through the end of August! Google for the latest news.
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