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.
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.