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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

#63 of 241 things to do in Monterey County Features Animals
Monterey Bay, CA 93940
+1 831-647-4201
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the sanctuary encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean. The sanctuary contains our nation's largest kelp forests and one of North America's largest underwater canyons. Its diverse marine ecosystem also includes rugged rocky shores, wave-swept sandy beaches, and tranquil estuaries. The sanctuary is managed to balance recreational and commercial uses with protection of natural resources, water quality, habitats, and its bountiful resident and migratory marine life. Visitors will find in the southern half a mostly undeveloped shoreline of rocky shores and steep mountainsides. The northern shoreline is similar but is dotted with settlements of small towns and moderate-size cities. Visitors to Monterey Bay National Marine Sancuary can enjoy surfing, diving, snorkeling, tidepooling, and camping. Hiking, biking and touring by car are just a few ways visitors can view this stunning coastline.
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Monterey Bay, CA 93940
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice, well kept property. Gas fireplace/central heating in the room. Most rooms have a view of the ocean. The sound of waves and wind make for a cozy, romantic night. Will definitely go again.

Thank Cassandra F
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

2 friends and I had a great day of whale watching! Tons of whales , very knowledgeable marine biologist , Doris and great mate Katy! Thanks for a memorable time guys!! A must do adventure !

Thank mrmobley
Reviewed 30 January 2016

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is truly the highlight of any visit to Monterey and it would be shame to go there and not get in out into the water. I did a great kayaking trip with Adventures by the Sea and saw otters...More

Thank Tony K
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

My friends and I are so glad this place exists. It's beautiful, and sea life watching is phenomenal! My friend is a marine biologist, and she had so much fun telling us what was what and fun facts about all the animals and plant life....More

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 30 November 2014

There are plenty of places in the area to enjoy views of the coast and the wildlife. It's a great area to spot seals, otters and lots of birds. There are nice beaches throughout, where you can park and explore or just relax and enjoy...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 12 April 2014

Highway 1 provides great access to the hundreds of miles of coastline in this sanctuary. We stopped at many locations and were impressed by so many working to protect the animals. Volunteer docents roamed the paths overlooking the elephant seal beaches providing interesting tidbits. The...More

4  Thank TJ T
Reviewed 13 March 2014

A biologist's dream! Lots of animal life in the tide pools, and the plant life is abundant! The ocean is a beautiful aquamarine color.

3  Thank LindaMG
Reviewed 18 February 2014

The Marine Sanctuary is all the water from the beach, the entire Bay and out to sea several miles. On whale watching trips this weekend we saw Gray Whales, Orca whales, Risso's Dolphins, Pacific White Sided Dolphins, Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Sea Otters swimming and...More

7  Thank Travelin M
Reviewed 18 December 2013

We were there in December and got to see the stragglers still feeding in the bay. A trip worth taking and of course, the bay seals is a sight to behold. Very raucous bunch but funny.

2  Thank Pupasaurus
Reviewed 6 December 2013

If you want to see lots of wildlife, come visit this amazing coastline. Seals, sea lions, otters, whales, dolphins, seabirds, tide pool creatures and jellies galore await you on its shores. There is so much to see and do. Visit montereybay.noaa.gov/visitor/

7  Thank Liz L
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