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Cannery Row

Luxury, leisure and nature come together at this historic sardine-canning district, which is one of Monterey’s most acclaimed recreational areas.

Discover the leisure attractions along the historic street of Cannery Row. Once a thriving and rather smelly sardine-canning district, today this strip of coast offers fun for the whole family. Peruse the specialty shops and art galleries, dine in seafood restaurants, take the kids to Monterey Bay Aquarium and enjoy watersports in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Cannery Row was so named in 1958 in honor of the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, which described in detail the historic sardine cannery culture that once flourished here. Visit the Cannery Workers Shacks at the base of Bruce Ariss Way for a glimpse into the region’s past. Look for the bronze bust of John Steinbeck at the base of Prescott Avenue.

Choose to do as much or as little as you want in Cannery Row. Relax with a long lunch in one of the famous fine-dining seafood restaurants. People-watch, enjoy sea views and sip wines made with locally grown grapes. Alternatively, embark on a wine-tasting tour and discover the range of Monterey County wines. After the sun has set, snuggle together at one of the fire pits along Cannery Row and stare into the glowing fire as waves crash just feet away from you. For something more boisterous, dance all night in one of Cannery Row’s lively nightlife haunts.

Take the family to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is dedicated to the education and conservation of the marine life on its doorstep. The plentiful educational exhibits are geared to impress children and adults.

After a visit to the aquarium, head out into the ocean in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Rent a kayak or try scuba diving and encounter sea otters, some of Cannery Row’s most famous residents. For a drier activity, cycle the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail to explore beach after beach.

Cannery Row is located between David and Drake avenues in Monterey, California. Parking is often a problem, so be environmentally conscious and leave the car behind. Explore the area on foot or by bicycle.


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Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa $190
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Monterey, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Cannery Row and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa $143
    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

    1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Monterey, this spa resort is within a 15-minute walk of Lake El Estero and Monterey Bay. Dennis the Menace Park and Monterey County Fairgrounds are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      InterContinental the Clement Monterey $180
      InterContinental the Clement Monterey

      InterContinental the Clement Monterey

      750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is steps from Steinbeck Plaza, Cannery Row, and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Cannery Row Inn $81
        Cannery Row Inn

        Cannery Row Inn

        200 Foam St Monterey, Monterey, CA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lighthouse District, this hotel is steps from San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater and Cannery Row. Monterey Bay and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

          Wave Street Inn $149
          Wave Street Inn

          Wave Street Inn

          571 Wave Street, Monterey, CA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lighthouse District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cannery Row, San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. American Tin Cannery and Coast Guard Pier are also within 10 minutes.

            Monterey Bay Inn $161
            Monterey Bay Inn

            Monterey Bay Inn

            242 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Monterey, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, just steps from San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater, Cannery Row, and Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman's Wharf are also within 15 minutes.

              Spindrift Inn $203
              Spindrift Inn

              Spindrift Inn

              652 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Monterey, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, just steps from Cannery Row and Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum. Monterey Bay Aquarium and San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater are also within 10 minutes.

                Best Western Plus Victorian Inn $134
                Best Western Plus Victorian Inn

                Best Western Plus Victorian Inn

                487 Foam St, Monterey, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lighthouse District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cannery Row, Monterey Bay, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Fisherman's Wharf and Maritime Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).