We rounded up the most popular blog posts of 2013! Take a look at the top five posts from Blog Monterey below. Do any of these surprise you? 

1. Pirates of the Caribbean Ship Docked in Moss Landing

Ahoy mateys! The tall ship Lady Washington that made a guest appearance on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is coming to Moss Landing today! Lucky pirates in training can set sail on a two-hour tour aboard her majesty or climb on deck to scope out the vessel during walk-on tours, November 8-17. Read more...

2.  Fresh Bounty Coming to Old Fisherman's Wharf: The Wharf Marketplace

Monterey County is well-known for its produce from the Salinas Valley, seafood caught from the Monterey Bay and artichokes from Castroville. This August there will be a one-stop shop for all of the "bounty of Monterey County" at The Wharf Marketplace. Visitors and locals alike can purchase everything from seafood, flowers, cheeses, meats, vegetables to wines; think a similar version of the Ferry Plaza in San Francisco, except scaled down for Monterey.  Read more...

3.  A Rare Look Into Ed "Doc" Ricketts' Lab

Have you ever noticed the rustic wooden shed strategically sandwiched between the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the InterContinental the Clement Monterey on Cannery Row? This location was actually once the laboratory and home of scientist Ed Ricketts. Read more... 

4. Fast Raft Boat Tours & Marine Eco-Tours on Monterey Bay

A new mode of transportation has stolen the show out on the Monterey Bay; Fast Raft Boat Tours offers a speedy and exhilarating way to see Cannery Row, Point Lobos and Elkhorn Slough along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Having only been on the open seas for four months it is no wonder why this unique attraction is one of the hottest tickets in town! Fast Raft offers a variety of tours from a one hour "Mid-Day Sea-esta" to a two and half hour "Afternoon Delight." Having a queasy stomach I figured the one hour tour would be just fine to start. Read more... 

5.  Down-Low Diner: Big Sur Roadhouse

Two things you might not expect in Big Sur, creole cuisine and modern ambiance. The newly reopened Big Sur Roadhouse has successfully mixed the two with a new interior décor, new chef and new menu. Read more...