Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular waterfront area that played a major role in the development of Monterey. After serving as a busy port toward the end of the 19th century, it is today a diverse district that draws crowds with its seafood restaurants, lively bars and souvenir shops. Admire the excellent views of the ocean in this old-world harbor.
Snap photos of the elegant Custom House that marks the entrance to the wharf. Dating back to 1827, the adobe structure has a Spanish-colonial style and marks the place where the American flag was hoisted in 1846 to declare California part of the United States. Visit the Museum of Monterey beside the house to learn about the intriguing marine history of the region.
Stroll along the main walkway of the wharf with your family, making stops at various stores. The wharf contains a mixture of restaurants, jewelry stores, gift shops and art galleries. Bring the kids to the colorful candy shops.
In addition to being an entertainment hub, the wharf still serves as a port offering ocean tours. Embark on a fishing trip or take a whale-watching tour for a closer look at these majestic creatures. Rent a boat for sailing on scenic Monterey Bay. Sea lions lazily sun themselves here on buoys and moored boats.
Return at dusk and watch the sunset over the wharf. Enjoy a romantic view of the water while you dine on fish fries and seafood options at one of the restaurants.
After the collapse of the sardine industry in the 1940s, the wharf shifted its focus from fishing to leisure. Note that many locals refer to this area as the Old Fisherman’s Wharf to differentiate it from Municipal Wharf II.
Enter the wharf for free. It is mostly pedestrianized and open at all times to the public.
Fisherman’s Wharf is on the harbor in the central part of Monterey. Take a bus to a nearby stop or ride the free trolley service. The wharf is south of San Carlos Beach Park and west of Monterey Beach House.
Just 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf, this resort borders Custom House Plaza, with the beach and sparkling bay just beyond; Cannery Row and the aquarium are a short walk away.
Anchoring the quiet end of Cannery Row, this waterfront boutique hotel is perched above Monterey Bay, with Fisherman's Wharf a quarter-mile away, A Taste of Monterey winery a half-mile away, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium within a half-mile.
After undergoing a $60 million renovation, this 550-room hotel and conference center is situated on 22 acres next to the 18-hole championship Pebble Beach Resort's Del Monte Golf Course, 6 blocks from the beach and 1 mile from downtown Monterey.
This downtown Monterey property is a half-mile from Monterey State Beach and within a mile of Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits right on the bay in the center of town, a 15-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf and 2.5 miles (4 km) from Point Pinos Lighthouse. Carmel, Pebble Beach, and 17-Mile Drive are within a 20-minute drive, and golfers can choose from over 20 courses in the county.
Connected to the Monterey Conference Center by a footbridge, this smoke-free downtown hotel is 3 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, and less than 2 miles from Cannery Row and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Located in Old Monterey, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden State Theatre and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Old Monterey, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Stevenson House and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.