Monterey, California

Monterey is a tender port – Ships have to anchor off Monterey and tender passengers ashore by boat. When tendering is required, guests using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the guest can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.

Monterey, California

The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California’s Pacific coast in the United States of America.

Monterey State Historic Park includes parts of the Monterey Old Town Historic District, and features many restored buildings. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

The Pacific House was built in 1847, over the years it has been used as storage for the U.S. Army, a hotel, court house and a tavern. It now houses a museum with interactive exhibits and displays and the Monterey Museum of the American Indian is located upstairs and has beautiful baskets, pottery and other Native American artefacts.

Other museums include the Maritime Museum of History and Monterey Museum of Art.

The ornate Golden State Theatre has been refurbished and offers family friendly performances.

Experience panoramic views of the Monterey Bay from Jack’s Peak County Park, the highest point on the Monterey Peninsula.

The Dennis the Menace kids park and the Aquarium, which specialises in exhibiting local sea life, are firm family favourites.

Take a peaceful sailing trip on Monterey Bay, you may see harbour seals, sea otters and sea lions. Other activities include fishing, kayaking and whale watching boat trips.

McAbee Beach is located in the midst of Cannery Row, and is Monterey’s tiniest beach. However, it is very popular, especially with kayakers, families and scuba divers. Monterey State Beach is the largest beach, soft sand shelves gently into the bay, making this one of the safest beaches for paddling with small children. Monterey Bay Waterfront Park runs alongside this beach and the Monterey Bay Recreational Trail (47km long) runs through the Waterfront Park.

Scuba Dive at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which has an amazing collection of marine life and kelp forests.

Tee off at one of the local public courses such as Laguna Seca Golf Ranch or Monterey Pines Golf Course or visit Laguna Seca Raceway, the famous Indy car and motorcycle race track.

Other nearby attractions include the quaint little village of Carmel and 17-Mile Drive, which is widely recognised as one of the most scenic drives in the world. The famous coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Points of interest along the way include the Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay and the world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links.

The disabled cruiser visiting Monterey

Since the cruise ship does not dock and the disabled cruiser is tendered to the island from out in the harbor; if the water is too rough, the captain may not let the disabled cruiser off the ship. Anyone with limited mobility would have some difficulty. Anyone in a wheelchair would have to be carried on and off the tender. 

Where You’re Docked

Monterey is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.

Cruise ships anchor and passengers are tendered ashore to the Coast Guard Pier. It is an easy walk from here to most attractions in the area.

In the immediate area you will find Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Presidio Park and downtown.

A trolley-like bus runs through Monterey’s downtown area during the summer months, public buses are available to take visitors to nearby towns and there is a “wine route” bus which stops at several wineries in the area.

Good to Know

Heavy traffic 

Getting Around

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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The official currency is the US Dollar.


The official language in Monterey 


Retail therapy can be found at the Del Monte Shopping Center (off Highway 1 at Munras Avenue), Fisherman’s Wharf, where a wide range of souvenirs can be found and Cannery Row, which has a Pebble Beach Golf shop and a number of speciality shops and restaurants.

The local specialties are ‘sanddabs’ (flatfish), artichokes, which are served in many ways (fried, grilled, boiled, in soup, on pizza etc), clam chowder in sourdough bread, calamari and Dungeness crab. Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Greek cuisine can also be found locally.

Points of Interest

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Monterey Accessible Excursions

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Monterey Accessible Guided Tour

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