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Tidepooling in Carmel

Tidepooling & Swimming At certain times of year, some of these animals even can be spotted in the tide pools left behind by the retreating sea. Strap on some old shoes and inspect these pools to marvel at hermit crabs, owl limpets and turban snails, sea stars and purple sea urchins. The golden rule of tidepooling? Look at the critters – don’t touch. The sea is their home. Beaches along Monterey’s coast are ideal for long walks, but they aren’t especially suitable for swimming. Local water temperatures hover around a chilly 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius), and many area beaches are prone to dangerous riptides and currents. On hot summer days, kids enjoy splashing about in sheltered areas such as Monterey State Beach and Seaside State Beach. Other popular beaches include Carmel Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Marina State Beach in Marina. All beaches are free and open to the public. Big Sur beaches can be accessed at most of the California State Parks along Highway 1.

Whale

Watching

Year-round Trips!

The only daily trips led by Marine Biologists. We have been featured on National Geographic Television and the Blue Planet - Discovery Channel “The Best Whale Watch on the Bay.” Plenty of time to spend with whales & dolphins, 28 years experience with individuals and groups. Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Killer Whales & Dolphins Find us in the red building at 84 Fisherman’s Wharf

Monterey Bay Whale Watch Center

Call for reservations • Toll free: 866-469-4253 • Local: 831-375-4658

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Monterey: Land and See  

2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...

Monterey: Land and See  

2008 Monterey County Official Visitors Guide, full of vacation ideas and insider planning tips. Get up to the minute information at http://w...

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