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“walk by the sea”

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 February 2014

A very nice walk, many people walking, running, on bikes. The view was wonderful. We walked from Pacific Grove to Monterey to visit the Aquarium and we saw many seals and sea lions.because on the way there is a Stanford research center.

Thank subibaja
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"beautiful drive"
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"mile drive"
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"cannery row"
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"lovers point"
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"harbor seals"
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"pull outs"
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"beautiful ocean"
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"bike ride"
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"ice plant"
in 8 reviews
"great walking"
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"many places"
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"take your time"
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"pebble beach"
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"on the rocks"
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"tide pools"
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"enjoy the view"
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"fresh air"
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

Beautiful waterfront, homes and lots of seals !!! Walked to Monterey. Great shops and restaurants. Felt very safe, and everyone seems very friendly.

Thank 602travelsalot
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Just an awesome walk along the beach, peaceful, tranquil, beautiful. If one wants to get some good exercise, calm your mind, forget your troubles for a while, nothing beats a walk along the beach. If you are lucky, you will see otters and lots of birds.

Thank Deb J
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

The Pacific Grove Ocean Front Walkway is a two way 2.5 mile pedestrian/ bike path, running east-west from the American Tin Cannery to Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove. The pathway has no stop signs or traffic signals, and runs adjacent but separate from Ocean ave, which is several feet higher in elevation.

22 tips for better enjoying your visit to the pacific grove ocean front walkway

1. Walk or rent a bike. Bike rentals on Cannery row a few blocks east of the walkway. These include tandem bikes, and side-by-side 2 person bikes, along with bikes with child carriers.

2. Start from American Tin Cannery on Ocean and David. 3 hours free parking with ATC shop validation. Public restrooms here. Aquarium is 1 block away. Alternatively you can find 2 hour maximum parking on Ocean Ave. The farther west you go from the Aquarium, the easier to find parking.

3. Eat breakfast or lunch at Fresh Awakenings, the top rated restaurant in tripadvisor in Pacific Grove, at the ATC. Start walking or biking on the asphalt covered pathway in front of ATC alongside Ocean Ave.

4. View the National Seashore Sanctuary and take pictures of the dozens of ocean seals sunbathing on the beach. This area is fenced in as no humans allowed in the Bay in this area, but you can see through the wire fence.

5. Travel westward through Berwick Park, with expanses of lawn and trees on one side, and the rocky ocean side on the other side. I've seen weddings in this picturesque spot.

6. Stop to sit on any of the numerous benches, and watch the wildlife in the ocean: Seals and sea lions frequently bask on the rocks.

7. Bring binoculars and keep a watch out for the rare sea otters. They often lie on their backs in beds of kelp, eating abalone on their stomachs. I've seen a few near the Aquarium

8. Check out the architecture of the Victorian buildings on the street side of the path, with the giant Gosby House B& B painted yellow at the corner of 17 mile drive and Ocean.

9. Check out the murals painted on the retaining walls separating the trail from Ocean ave.

10. At Forest Ave, take a short 3 block detour and wander over to visit the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum

11. As you approach Lovers Point the asphalt trail widens, and becomes a brick tile. Watch out for bicyclists zipping in and out of pedestrian traffic!

12. At Lovers Point you will see a swimming pool, a volleyball court, and at least one burger vendor, in a built up section next to the ocean.

13. Check out the blue and gray painted Beach House restaurant across from the Lovers Point Motel -which I consider an eyesore. If you come for dinner, reservations are a must with their early bird specials. This is the busiest dinner restaurant in Pacific Grove

14. Lovers Point has grassy areas with trees and a vast beach. Public restrooms here. The trails turns from asphalt to dirt and wanders around the ocean front through the huge yellow brown boulders in the area.

15. After Lovers Point the trail is no longer paved, and climbs uphill, with the bicyclists having to share the narrow two lane road with vehicles.

16. Watch out for runners in this area, as the dirt trail narrows to one pedestrain lane in places, going between high sticker plants, and there is no place to run on the narrow roadway.

17. The oceanfront walkway becomes a sandy dirt trail, going in and out of the low brush and shrubs. In the springtime you will see vast expanses of purple blossoming flowers in this area.

18. You will reach the Pacific Grove Maritime Gardens, just before Monterey Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. Lot of viewpoints here, with parking lots between the sand dunes for cars to park. This is where you will see crashing waves onto the rocky shores.

19. Public restrooms on the inland side Ocean Ave, on the edge of the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf course -aka "the Poor Mans Pebble Beach" golf course.

20. Walking uphill through the inlets, the dirt trail runs aside the Point Pinos lighthouse, itself surrounded by vast areas of grassland.

21. Past the Point Pinos lighthouse, you reach Asilomar beach, and the Pacific Ocean. This part of Pacific Grove is often cold and always windy. The trail now starts to run on a boardwalk of planks through the sandy areas.

22. If you continue walking you will run into the Asilomar conference grounds on the inland side, with numerous conference restrooms available to the public.

23. Continuing down past Asilomar beach, the trail of planks runs into 17 Mile Drive, with restrooms at Bird Island. At this point the trail disappears completely, with pedestrians having to walk on the sides of the roadway, winding along the ocean front.

The Pacific Grove ocean front walkway is fully developed only between the American Tin Cannery and Lovers Point. After Lovers Point the bike trail is part of Ocean Ave., and the pedestrian trail narrows from 6' to as little as 3' in spots along a sandy trail.

The trail has spectacular scenery and quite a bit of elevation gain. It is not as long nor as wide as say the Orange County coastal trail near Huntington Beach, nor as developed as the Wailea Beach oceanfront trail (which has lights for night walks), let along the Kauai East Coast Trail, a 12' concrete trail running 4-6 miles in Hawaii. It is by far more spectcular than the drab Stevens Creek bike trail here in Silicon Valley, and worth a visit.

7  Thank robert c
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The shoreline of Pacific Grove is fascinating. The waves are often huge; she growth on the shoreline is fascinating and there are a variety of interesting homes just across the street from the bay! You'll want to see it more than once.

2  Thank JeanStall
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