Monterey Bay and the Pacific Coast Highway

After some amazing food and wine in Napa and Sonoma, my mom and I drove to our next stop – Monterey.

Our first stop was the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Colourful fish at the Monterey Bay aquarium

I really liked this multi-coloured little guy. He looked like a bit of a grouch, popping out of his hidey-hole, and telling all the onlookers to get off his lawn.

Egg-yolk jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The aquarium had a really good jellyfish exhibit, with all different types and very well-lit displays. This is an egg-yolk jelly.

Purple-striped jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Purple-striped jellyfish (I think).

Moon jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Moon jellies.

Jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

I don’t remember the name of these ones, but they were lovely. All the jellyfish seemed to be hanging out upside down.

Crystal Jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

A Crystal jelly. These were my favourite – so delicate and luminescent. Watching them float around is hypnotizing.

Turtle at the Monterey Bay Aquarium


We didn’t spend that much time exploring Monterey itself. The Aquarium was at one end of Cannery Row, which I found way too touristy so we didn’t explore the rest of the area at all.

That evening we went to a great little Greek restaurant called Epsilon. What better way to celebrate the beautiful sea life we had seen at the aquarium than by eating some of it? I had a really nice, uniquely prepared, calamari and greek salad, along with a few glasses of wine. The restaurant wasn’t very busy, and the servers were great and extremely friendly.

Pacific Coast Highway view

The next day was beautiful, which was a good thing, since we planned to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway.

Pacific Coast Highway ocean view

It was a really beautiful drive, with lookout spots all over the place.

Photographing the photograper

Photographing the photographer.

Pacific Coast Highway water and rocks

How close to the edge can I get?

Pacific coast highway

The weather, the views and the windy roads made for a very fun drive. I was particularly glad that we had rented a convertible.

Point Sur State Historic Park

As we drove south we saw (what looked like) an island in the distance. The top of it was always covered in mists. It was Point Sur State Historic Park. I’m not exactly sure what’s up there since it didn’t seem to be open to the public.

Point Sur naval facility

Point Sur naval facility was perpetually covered in mist. It made me think of Stephen King, except we weren’t in New England.

Hiking in Big Sur

We got to Big Sur and decided, considering all the eating and drinking we had done and would continue to do on our trip, that we should go for a hike. We hiked about 2 miles, up to Pfeiffer Falls.

Overlook at Rocky Point Restaurant

All that walking made us hungry! We found The Rocky Point Restaurant, which had an absolutely amazing view, and good food as well.

Overlook- the fog rolls in

This was taken just a few minutes after the one above.

Mom and I at Rocky Point Restaurant

We had a nice meal and enjoyed some more of the wine we purchased in Napa, before heading back to Monterey.

Next stop – San Francisco!

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