Visitors to Monterey can take a step back in time by taking a stroll down historic Old Fisherman's Wharf. Fishermen from Portugal, China, Japan, and Sicily immigrated to Monterey in search of some of the finest seafood in the world. Today you can still find remnants of the fishing tradition by enjoying local seafood served at one of the many restaurants located on Old Fisherman's Wharf.
You will also find handmade candies and chocolates, fine jewelry, keepsake gifts and a plethora of ocean activities. Monterey Bay has been coined as the “Whale Watching Capital of the World” due to the deep Monterey Canyon where you can get an unrivaled look at whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sharks.
Here are some of the top experiences to enjoy during your next trip to Old Fisherman's Wharf.
1. Ocean Activities
Cruise Monterey Bay and observe the sea otters, seals, pelicans, whales and other marine life. Choose your own adventures on the open sea whether it be deep sea fishing with Chris' Fishing Trips, a sunset sailing trip with Monterey Bay Sailing or a whale watching tour with Princess Monterey Whale Watching cruise. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest protected marine areas and offers some of the best wildlife viewings in the world!
Rich in history and family tradition, Old Fisherman's Wharf boasts a range of family-owned restaurants and eateries. Here you can taste your way down the row with a variety of clam chowder samples. There’s an option for every budget including fine dining at Old Fisherman's Grotto to more casual setups at Paluca Trattoria and Abalonetti. Or you can grab something quick at Scales on the Go. No matter where you settle, be sure to get an iconic clam chowder bread bowl and an order of fried calamari.
The best part about eating at Old Fisherman’s Wharf is that every table comes with an incredible ocean view!
3. Candy Stores
Here you'll find a treasure trove of handmade delights! Carousel Candies has been satisfying sweet tooth’s for generations with everything from saltwater taffy, candy apples, chocolates and caramel corn. Don’t overlook the Wharf Wonka Chocolate Factory which whimsical over-sized lollipops and truffles which make for great souvenirs!
Old Fisherman's Wharf offers a vast array of family-owned gift shops and jewelry stores featuring many unique treasures. Harbor House Gifts features unique souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, home decor, and keepsake gifts while Monterey Bay Silver Company offers an array of silver, gemstones and high-end costume jewelry. One thing is for certain; you'll take home a unique memento of your time spent in Monterey!