Old Fisherman’s Wharf or Cannery Row


Take your choice, Cannery Row or Fisherman’s Wharf. As soon as you walk out the must-go-to Monterey Bay Aquarium, you will be greeted by a row of inviting shops, restaurants and other business ventures including other family-fun activities that Cannery Row offers. Cannery Row is longer, has more establishments, and more people. Cannery Row has better souvenir shops and boutiques. Both of these locations are very touristy. As a matter of fact, like a mall area, the reeling of customers is so in-your-face evident that it’s easy to feel awkwardly reluctant to bite the bait. Moreover, both are eye-candy for the sweet tooth, the entire Monterey just has something to do with it.

Shops: Cannery Row
Restaurants: Fisherman’s Wharf
Location/Nature: Fisherman’s Wharf
Water Activities: Fisherman’s Wharf
Recreations and Events: Cannery Row
Statue: Cannery Row
Parking: Fisherman’s Wharf

Beside to the fact that it makes common sense to check it out because it is just outside MBA, the big “cool points” in favor of Cannery Row is the statue of John Steinbeck, the author of my all-time favorite novel “Of Mice and Men”. Without it, I’d chose the other location in a heartbeat. Fisherman’s Wharf is a walking distance to the downtown area. That said, if you miss a spot to the provided parking area, you can always try to drive around and find a road side parking. After that, you can walk and wander around the downtown area before hitting Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman’s Wharf, the title is a hint, although lesser has better food selection and restaurant location settings. While the nice stroll in Cannery Row are of colorful and cutesy establishment buildings, a nice stroll to the dock of Fisherman’s Wharf is a water and nature treat. Fisherman’s Wharf offers the usual marina water activities.

Back to square one. If you visit Monterey Bay Aquarium, where do you go next? The answer is actually the coastal trail. Cutting through the chase, Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf are both tourist traps. But that’s just what you expect having nearby what dubbed as the No# 1 aquarium. I, personally, like the atmosphere in Fisherman’s Wharf better. However, you can always visit both. Stroll down the Cannery Row before entering MBA and then dine in a restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf after all the walking you made.




I first recognize this blog as one of the best photography blogs out there. Then, I started seeing California posts. And if there’s ever a competition for the best California blog, Skedazzles is one of my bets. Modish, clear and sharp, creative and plain attractive, Susan’s images are for the gold. My favorite is Once Upon a Time… an uniquely written travel story-slash-fairy tale. She just recently created a new blog for sharing luxury hotels, cruises and tours. Also, knowing Hawaii as her most recent destination, further wonderful images are to be expected.


Last Call…

This Last Call photo is taken from the downtown area. I was wondering whether it’s a mannequin or if she’s a real person…

It was probably a good 5 minutes, and about 10 pictures after, before I find out the mystery. As soon as she moved, I was in shock. She did smile back at me. She must had realized herself that she was skittering with her cellphone on that spot for a long time.


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    • My actual most memorable post of yours is the Perspective post. I also love the gas station. I just think the Once Upon A Time post was a very nicely composed post.

    • It’s typical California marinas, only very known and it’s just so near MB that it should be unmissable. I don’t have suggest you order any seafood. πŸ˜€

    • Lately, I’ve been leaning to photography-type of pictures instead of plainly to chronicle my travels. Good or bad thing, I’ll just keep taking pictures in whatever comes natural. πŸ˜€

  1. Love your photos! I enjoy taking in the sights along a wharf.

    Question for you: you were snapping shots of that gal. . . How do you handle people watching you take pictures of them? In the PI lots of folks enjoyed group photos, but sometimes when I went exploring and took candid pictures (unposed), I would be waved away or the person(s) hid their faces. Do you encounter any of that?

    • Awesome awesome question – If you actually look very closely, she is actually smiling on that picture just like I mentioned on the post. I wouldn’t had posted it if I get an opposite reaction.
      I would say California is high on tourism and that they are used to it, but really you can’t really count on that. In my experience. I was never told to erase a picture except when I was in Venice Beach, and that’s just because they are vendors selling their crafts. I also never came across someone who looked away or covered their faces.
      There are even circumstances when people just casually walk along my camera view, one example is also from my Venice post. My camera is highly visible, I tell you. It’s not like I sit in the corner and clicks away randomly. I walk around with my camera bag and camera wrapped around my neck. Not to mention, in touristy places, I have no qualm of posting pictures with crowd that are blocking my way. With individuals, as much as possible, I try to choose the distant ones. That eliminates revealing identity. Otherwise, I have learned to ask, esp. vendors or inside business ventures, before I take pictures.

      • Thanks for sharing your experiences, Rommel! I think what you said might be true. I may not look like a professional photographer like you, but can definitely use your advice and not get too close to individuals. Ask or use zoom lens, right?!

        • I really want to thank you for this inquiry. I think I will expand it as a post, sooner or later.

          I have zoom lens, but that is not really not the point.

          Sometimes, I don’t even have to ask. I click away and when my subjects don’t say anything, silence basically means it’s a green light. Others, I just post the pictures even it’s a yellow light. I mean, everybody else posts pictures with strangers on them. Sometimes, you just can’t avoid including those pictures. It’s not like I’m posting pictures of naked images or wrongdoings or illegal activities.

          • Thanks Rommel, esp. for the ‘follow’. I hope to pick up pointers from you and others so I can take better pictures, but first I need to buy a new camera. I’ve been borrowing my kids’ cameras for my trips since the battery latch broke on my old camera.

  2. Both have their unique, stunning qualities. I remember having an amazing time at Fisherman’s Wharf. We went to see the aquarium just before relocating to Houston. It is true though when they say, ” I left my heart in San Francisco.” Great images!

  3. Great pictures ROmmel; but let me tell you the last part and the last picture was really funny. For first I thought that it’s a mannequin. πŸ™‚

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