We are going to be arriving in Monterey in the evening, and have three full days to enjoy the area. Before Monterey, we will have already spent time in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, so I'm just looking at what to do while we're in Monterey.
There are four of us, two kids are 9 and 14. We are a pretty active family, but having a 9yo prevents us from doing any really strenuous activities.
We plan to spend one morning on a whale watching tour. I'm sure they all figure out where the whales are and head to the same location, but is there one tour company who is better with kids than others? Or has bigger/more stable boats (one child can get a little queasy)? Do we have to reserve this ahead of time or just show up the day of? We'll be there on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
We'd like to take the Big Sur drive I've read about here, Point Lobos early (to get a parking spot), then down through Big Sur. Where are the good places to stop in Big Sur? Sorry, I didn't take notes and now cannot find the threads. I remember reading McWay Falls is highly recommended. Then was it Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park? And is there another Pfeiffer beach? Which is more highly recommended? We would like to enjoy the views, and also maybe take off our shoes and walk in the sand a bit, look for shells(?)... Easy to moderate hikes are great.
Aquarium for the 3rd day. And maybe rent bikes and bike the coastal trail if we end up with extra time somewhere in there.
Thank you for any advice!