Why go to Monterey?
This Californian peninsula boasts cypress forests, marine sanctuaries and abundant natural beauty
Crowds in peak season can make attractions like the aquarium nearly impossible to visit; go early
A highlight of coastal cruises, Monterey is easily walkable with galleries, shops and stellar panoramas
Monterey Cruise Port Facilities?
There is very little to do on the pier itself, but in the immediate area are Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, Presidio Park and downtown. If fishing is your thing, Fisherman's Wharf has all the sights and smells associated with the Monterey fishing industry.
Good to Know?
Crowds. Monterey is very popular with tourists, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the epicenter. Either visit the Aquarium on your own as soon as it opens or avoid it entirely. Cannery Row can also be dense with foot traffic, although the crowds thin the further one moves from the Aquarium.
Where You're Docked?
Cruise ship passengers are tendered ashore at the Coast Guard Pier, from which all of Monterey is an easy walk. Tendering begins before many of the shops and attractions have opened; this is a great opportunity to explore prime tourist destinations such as Cannery Row at a relaxed pace.