Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Old Fisherman’s Wharf is one of Monterey’s most memorable landmarks, located steps away from Portola Hotel & Spa. The wharf was featured in the HBO series, Big Little Lies, and is notoriously known for locally made clam chowder in bread bowls and salt-water taffy. You will find a vast array of award-winning Italian and seafood inspired restaurants, gorgeous ocean views, candy shops, gift shops, and more!

Explore the Fisherman’s Wharf here.

Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf

Whale Watching

Monterey is also known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the World” and is a top destination for tourists. At the wharf, there’s an immense amount of fun and adventurous ocean activities such as deep sea fishing trips and whale watching excursions that are open year-round. When you are on Fisherman’s Wharf, you may spot harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, seagulls, and even whales in the bay.

Whale watching

Portola Hotel partners with Princess Monterey Whale Watching to offer a whale watching for two package saving you 15% off regular hotel rates when you book the package deal.

Monterey History

On the way to Fisherman’s Wharf, you will find the “Monterey Walking Path of History” at Monterey State Historic Park. As California’s first state capitol, visitors will have an opportunity to explore the rich history of the area. Directly adjacent to Old Fisherman’s Wharf is the Custom House, the first government building in Monterey. Other historic buildings and landmarks near Fisherman’s Wharf include Pacific House, Memory Garden, First Brick House, Old Whaling Station, and California’s First Theatre. Learn more about Monterey’s history here.

Memory Garden

Whether you are from the Monterey area or visiting for the very first time, the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf is a wonderful location to explore, dine, and enjoy catching a glimpse of a sea otter or two!

Cover photo courtesy of  Michael Troutman

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