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Describe the most fascinating wildlife you saw on your trip.

United States of America Steve, United States of America

27 days ago

Near the lighthouse you will find many deer roaming wild on the golf course and in the old cemetery. There are also ground squirrels that live in the embankments along the rocky coast that are tame enough to take small snacks right from your hand if you offer something to them. Bring a small bag of raw almonds to feed the squirrels. Too many tourists are feeding them chips and crackers and they are becoming obese. You will also see Sea Otters playing along the coast, and the occasional Sea Lion.
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    A Wild Coastline and Even Wilder Sealife

    Known for beautifully undulating coastline attracting a wealth of wildlife, laid-back Monterey is on a small peninsula. Though now more famous for Monterey Jack cheese, it was once an important sardine fishing town. Some former canning factories now house galleries and shops on a street renamed Cannery Row after a novel by John Steinbeck. A museum and his former home in nearby Salinas can be visited.

    The fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium houses a fascinating range of local sealife, which is so prevalent here that you can often see seals basking on craggy beaches, or sea lions roaring away under piers in Fisherman’s Wharf. Whalewatching tours also depart from here.

    South is the Monterey State Historic Park, site of historic buildings including Custom House and the Old Whaling Station with a path made from whalebone. To the east are a couple of Monterey hotels on the beach on Booking.com, and there are also several Monterey hotels with indoor pools.

    Right by Monterey Peninsula Airport is one of the city’s 7 golf courses, and there are 3 golf courses near the Laguna Seca Raceway.

    Whether you’re here for the Monterey Jazz Festival, or for driving the Big Sur Pacific coast road to the south, if you’re staying with kids, don’t forget to check out the Dennis the Menace Park.