Monterey Bay, California

40 Places That Make Me
Question Why I Left

 For the last four years I have truly been in awh at the fact that I lived in Monterey. I found myself constantly taken back by all that surrounded me and I don’t think I could have picked a better place to attend college. My only complaint? It was just too cold for this desert rat. Back in August, I made a big choice to move back to my home town in La Quinta, California. I’ve been living at home for about three months and while I find the Coachella Valley beautiful in its own, I do miss the beach views and gorgeous sunsets very much . Monterey will always hold a special place in my heart and the people and places I encountered in my four short years living there will be memories that stick with me forever. Here are just a few of the reasons  I miss Monterey Bay. 

1. Ford Ord Dunes State Park

The Dunes was probably the first place I fell in love with when I moved to Monterey. The beach was only about a mile from my dorm room. Through the old abandoned military base, and right past a creepy little graffitied tunnel, you arrive at a gorgeous mountain with a path to walk up. Once at the top, you’re exposed to a view of the ocean. Ford Ord Dunes State Park is my favorite place to sit and watch the sunset at.

Directions: Beach Range Rd, Marina, CA 93933


2. Fishermen’s Wharf

Fishermen’s Wharf is  your typical touristy destination in Monterey, filled with visitors shopping around. The cool thing about the Wharf is that almost every restaurant has clam chowder sampling; making it super fun to walk down the wharf and try every one of them. I love watching all the seals sit on the rocks down by the water and of course I’ve tried the fresh salt water taffy, the way too sweet cookie dough fudge, and the half pounder Reeses Peanut Butter cup from the Candy Factory. Fishermen’s Wharf is actually featured in one my favorite series on HBO, “Big Little Lies” staring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. For those of you who have seen it, “Blue Blue’s Cafe/Bar” where the girls meet and gossip is actually a restaurant on the Wharf called, “Palace Trattoria”. 

Directions: Fishermens Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940



3. Cannery Row

4. Lover’s Point 


5. Monterey Bay Aquarium


6. 17 Mile Drive

7. Point Lobos State Reserve

8. Garrapata Hike 

9.  Carmel Valley River

10. Ribera Beach 

11. Bixby Bridge

12. McWay Falls

13. The Gorge

14. Borchard Farms 

15. Casa Verde Beach 

16. Carmel by the sea 

17. From Scratch (Carmel, CA) 

From Scratch is one of my FAVORITE breakfast spots in Monterey. They are featured in “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” therefore, they clearly know how to make great food. If you’re ever in Carmel, I would highly recommend stopping by and having yourself a plate of their Biscuits N’ Gravy. They are to die for. My other favorites would have to be their tasty Bloody Mary’s and their giant latte’s and hot coco’s topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. SO GOOD. 

Address: 3626 The Barnyard, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923


18. Coffee Mia (Marina, CA)

Honestly, I’m not really a huge fan of the the food on the menu (but that’s because I am a very picky eater). I love Coffee Mia because of the staff and the drip coffee. It’s a little family business and the owner is so friendly and welcoming; he’ll make your morning, I promise. If its not busy, I can usually convince Horace (the owner) to let me order my own little plate of eggs over medium, two pieces toast (with the to die for jelly on the side), potatoes, and crispy crispy bacon.  

Address: 250-E Reservation Rd Marina, CA 93933

Phone Number: (831) 384-0148
Hours: Mon-Sat 5:00 A.M – 3:00 P.M.
Sun 6:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

19. Papa Chevos 

I think I would go visit Monterey solely for a Papa Chevos burrito. There is nothing I love more than a Papa Chevos bacon breakfast burrito with green sauce. It is by far my favorite food from Monterey. There are two Papa Chevos locations; one in Marina and one in Seaside. I prefer the one in Marina personally, but both are pretty dang good. Papa Chevos in Marina is just a tiny little Mexican food shack with a drive thru open 24 hours (perfect for those college nights out). 9 times out of 10 times I go there I get a bacon breakfast burrito but every once in a while I like to switch it up and get a veggie burrito and chips with cheese and guac. Highly recommend the chips and guac!

Address: 3038 Del Monte Blvd. Marina, CA 93933

Phone Number: (831) 884-9545

Sunday: 6:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M.
Monday-Thursday: 6:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M.
Friday-Saturday: 6:00 A.M-2:00 P.M.


20. Noodle Bar

21. Cannery Row Brewery Company 

22. Field Works

23. Sovino 

24. The Breakfast Club

25. Red’s Donuts

26. First Awakenings 

27. Cafe Trieste

28. Phil’s Fish House

29. Campanos 

30. Rosines

31. Peter B’s 

32. Ikes

33. Mundos

34. Pizza My Heart

35. Wagon Wheel 

36. Marianes 

37. Gharadelli’s 

38. Bull and Bear

39. Lala’s









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