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N AT U R E & R E C R E AT I O N Boating & Sailing

Kayaking

Sport Fishing

The sheltered waters of the Monterey Bay are a great spot for boating. Several sailing charter boats operate from Monterey and Moss Landing, offering cruises, lessons and bareboat rentals to aspiring and experienced skippers alike. Lake San Antonio, located at the southern end of Monterey County, offers year-round boating and waterskiing opportunities from its launching ramps, plus overnight camping in an RV or tent.

Many local businesses offer kayak rentals for anywhere between two hours and a day. Rentals are available with and without guides. Most of the guides who go out with kayakers have experience as naturalists and guides, so they can point out critters and historic sites with ease. Most outfitters also offer waterproof drysuits or wetsuits to keep paddlers warm. Rental companies are based at Cannery Row, Monterey State Beach, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove and the Elkhorn Slough.

Sport fishing is available year-round from Monterey and Moss Landing harbors. Depending on the season, the catch can contain salmon, albacore, rock cod, lingcod, halibut or rockfish. Fishing also is available at Cachagua Community Park and Los Padres Reservoir in Cachagua, Marina State Beach and Open Space Preserve in Marina, Arroyo Seco Recreation Area on the edge of the Ventana Wilderness (about 15 miles from King City), and at Lake San Antonio near Jolon.

Kayaking with friends

Whale watching on the bay Photo courtesy Sanctuary Cruises

Whale & DolphinWatching

Flightseeing & Skydiving

The biggest stars of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary are, without question, its whales and dolphins. The blue whale, the world’s largest, reaches 100 feet and 90 tons at maturity, and can be seen just off shore at the right time of year. Also common in the winter months are gray whales, which migrate past Monterey on their way from Alaska’s Bering Sea to the calving lagoons of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Humpback whales usually begin appearing in early May, back from the winter in Hawaii and looking for food. Other species include minke whales, orcas, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and Dall’s porpoise.

Discover the jewel-toned waters of the Monterey Bay from the perspective of a seagull. Local aerial sightseeing tours using state-of-the-art private aircraft operate out of the Monterey Peninsula Airport. To loft like a gull, head for the Marina Municipal Airport for skydiving flights – there are lessons for beginners and flights for experts.

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Kites of All Sizes Considering all of the fabulous beaches in Seaside, Sand City and Marina, there’s ample space to fly a kite. For those who prefer those full-size kites known as hang-gliders, get a running start at the launching pad atop the Marina State Beach dunes.

Call 1-877-MONTEREY for information

Hangliding off Marina dunes

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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