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Monterey Bay

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Address: Monterey, CA
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USD 135.00*
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Santa Cruz Helicopter Tour from Watsonville
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1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour
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USD 75.00*
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Monterey Bay Sunset Sailing Cruise With Unlimited Wine and Beer

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A stunning place to visit

I love that the whales and the sea otters are thriving here after near extinction in the past century. This area is one of my favorite places that we've been in the world.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love that the whales and the sea otters are thriving here after near extinction in the past century. This area is one of my favorite places that we've been in the world.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of beaches and areas to get out and walk around. This is a beautiful area to watch the waves crash over the rocks.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ocean in itself is beautiful! It was so much fun to see all the surfers ride the waves. Very entertaining. The only bad thing is there is limited parking. Hard to find a parking place. There was an interesting lighthouse to see also.

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used Monterey as a base for Big Sur, but it is stunning in it's own right. Take at least an afternoon to explore.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful weather and time 👌🏽 Great place to visit during the off season. The rain in Monterey is almost nonexistent. 😎

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Cottonwood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Monterey several times, we used to go there on our anniversay's. There lots of places to see and too do things. The ocean has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite places in the world and there is so much to see and do that you could spend days along the bay and see a wide variety of wildlife, beaches, kelp forests, dive sites and more. One of my favorite aspect of the bay is tide pool exploration. Get a copy of the local tide... More 

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Cape May Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much of the California coast is stunning and you may get to see animals in various places. The Monterey Bay has kelp and you are almost guaranteed to see animals (sea otters, dolphins, whales - seasonal, birds, sometimes sharks). It's a special place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though we drove to Monterey after driving up the PCH / big sur for the aquarium. An unexpected find was a costal walkway all the way round to Santa Cruz and the other direction. I ended up taking the shorter route past Lovers Point, and found the views breathtaking.

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and family friendly. Nice walk, very clean place to visit with your family and pets. Enjoy it!

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