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Fisherman's Wharf

Take a whale tour, admire the ocean views from seafood restaurants and browse the souvenirs for sale in this thriving marina.

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.


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Lodging Near Fisherman's Wharf

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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa $129
Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

700 Munras Ave, Monterey
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 1,926 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    This downtown Monterey property is a half-mile from Monterey State Beach and within a mile of Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.

    Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay $152
    Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

    Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

    Two Portola Plaza, Monterey
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 3,164 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      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.

      Colton Inn $129
      Colton Inn

      Colton Inn

      707 Pacific Street, Monterey
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 1,615 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Monterey Museum of Art, Fisherman's Wharf, and Maritime Museum. Monterey Bay Aquarium and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        The Monterey Hotel $104
        The Monterey Hotel

        The Monterey Hotel

        407 Calle Principal, Monterey
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 1,627 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          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.

          Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa $219
          Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

          Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

          400 Cannery Row, Monterey
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 2,158 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            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.

            Monterey Bay Inn $189
            Monterey Bay Inn

            Monterey Bay Inn

            242 Cannery Row, Monterey
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 1,046 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              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.

              Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa $134
              Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

              Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

              1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 4,873 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                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.

                Stargazer Inn and Suites $63
                Stargazer Inn and Suites

                Stargazer Inn and Suites

                1046 Munras Ave, Monterey
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 1,248 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  This Monterey motel is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Fisherman's Wharf, 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from Cannery Row, and 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Del Monte Shopping Center is 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) away.