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An Ultimate Guide to Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf

17 May 2024
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Guide to Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey

Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California is a popular destination for those looking to take in the sights and sounds of the city. Located just a 3-minute walk away from the Portola Hotel & Spa, Fisherman's Wharf has something for everyone. This vibrant waterfront area offers a range of activities, attractions, dining, and shopping experiences. Let's take a look to see why this should be one of your first stops after checking-in at the Portola Hotel & Spa!

Things to Do

While exploring Fisherman's Wharf, be sure to check out these fun activities:

  • Sailing: Sit back, relax, and let Sail Monterey take you on a tour of the harbor and the bay. Witness marine life like sea otters, jellyfish, sea lions, and more! They offer a few different tours including a sunset cruise where you are sure to see stunning views of the bay!
  • Fishing: Go on a deep sea fishing adventure with J&M Sport Fishing or Chris' Sport Fishing. Catch Rockfish, Lingcod, Salmon, and crab while you enjoy your day out on a boat taking in the sights and sounds of the bay.
  • Whale Watching Tours: Embark on an exciting whale watching tour and witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Keep your camera ready for breathtaking moments that will leave you in awe. Check out Discovery Whale Watch, Princess Monterey Whale Watching, and Monterey Bay Whale Watch for tours leaving from Fisherman's Wharf.
A whale tail in the water

Shopping on Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is a great spot to pick up a Monterey souvenir, jewelry, or a little snack. Check out these shops on the wharf that you should visit when you're here:

  • Souvenir Shops: If you're looking to pick up a Monterey themed souvenir, the Wharf is a great spot to do this. Check out Wharf's General Store for sweatshirts, magnets, and mugs, or Harbor House for unique gift items like figurines and other trinkets.
  • Jewelry: Get a special gift for someone you love at one the Wharf's jewelry stores. Check out Morning Star Pearls, Monterey Bay Silver Company, and Monterey Bay Jewelry Comapny for beautiful pieces.
  • Socks: One unique shop you'll find on Fisherman's Wharf is Sock Harbor. Filled with an array of unique and colorful socks, this shop is perfect for picking up something fun to remember your getaway in Monterey.
  • Sweet Treats: One thing you'll notice while strolling through the Wharf is the sweet smell of treats wafting through the air! Stop by Carousel Candies and Wharf Chocolate Factory for a snack made at the wharf, or head to Monterey Bay Creamery for ice cream, and Candy World for taffy, truffles, and more.
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Dining at Fisherman's Wharf Monterey

When it comes to dining options, Fisherman's Wharf has several seafood restaurants so you can get your fix of popular Monterey dishes all right here! With most of the restaurants offering stunning harbor views, you're guaranteed a picturesque dining experience.

  • Old Fisherman's Grotto: Enjoy a classic seafood meal with a stunning view of the bay at this iconic restaurant. Try their famous clam chowder or indulge in a fresh catch of the day.
  • Paluca Trattoria: This lovely eatery serves boutique wines, beer, and espresso plus Sicilian seafood classics. It was also featured on the award-winning HBO series "Big Little Lies," so don't forget to grab some photos while you're there!
  • Café Fina: Cafe Fina offers world-class, locally sourced, Italian-inspired seafood. Try their paella, cioppino, or any one of their amazing pasta dishes.


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Visit Fisherman's Wharf Monterey Today!

Portola Hotel & Spa is only a 3-minute walk from Old Fisherman's Wharf, and is right at the end of bustling Alvarado Street, making it a great location to start and end your days in Monterey. To book your stay in Monterey, visit our website, or call us at (888)-222-5851.

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