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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
star-4.5
$75.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun unique experience!
Fun way to drive along coast of Monterey. Got lots of waves and smiles from people we passed by on the road.
cjsalz77, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

star-4
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-4
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.
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.
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
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.
star-5
Lots of fun
Janet-D, Jul 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
We had a great time. I would do it again. We got to see how beautiful Monterey is. Definitely would tell family and friends !!
star-5
Would have booked a longer time
Ashwant_S, Jul 2021
1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
amazing and fun, the cars have a gps that takes and guides you to really nice location and beautiful views. you can park the cars and go out and explore as well depending on how long of a tour you book .
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.
star-5
This was one of the highlights of...
Renee D, Jul 2017
3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour
This was one of the highlights of our trip! The cars were easy to operate and so much fun! I highly recommend.
star-5
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!
star-5
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

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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Trip ideas


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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