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Downtown Monterey

Monterey, CA
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Downtown Monterey, Monterey California

Description

Downtown Monterey has a hip feel to it. Alvarado Rd is the main strip and has some gorgeous historical buildings with 19th century details. Golden State Theater is a delightful honeycomb-colored historical building. There are restaurants and coffee shops. At the northern end of Alvarado Rd you come to a pedestrian-only section with bountiful flower baskets and wispy trees. Here you can sit on a bench in the shade and enjoy a homemade gelato from Pino's Italian Cafe. Try the raspberry flavor- wow! Continue on and you come to Custom House Plaza, a large pedestrian-only area with a fountain in the middle. Here you are surrounded by gorgeous historical buildings, including the Museum of Monterey. Because this area is lacking in shade, it's nicer in winter than in summer. Take a left and you will find a bunch of little courtyards hidden away (Olivier St is one of these). They are blessed with Spanish fountains, flowering vines, and historical buildings. One building even has old cobblestones in front of it made of whale bone. Walk toward the ocean and you will come to Fisherman's Wharf and a marvelous view of the myriad blue-green hues the ocean takes in Monterey. Walk to the east of the wharf and you come to lovely Del Monte Beach, a wide beach with the softest sand.

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The amazing Golden State Theatre building.
The amazing Golden State Theatre building.
The pedestrian-only section at the northern end of Alvarado St.
The pedestrian-only section at the northern end of Alvarado St.
People hanging out at the pedestrian-only section of Alvarado St.
People hanging out at the pedestrian-only section of Alvarado St.
Lovely view from Rosine's Italian Restaurant on Alvarado Street- delicious food too!
Lovely view from Rosine's Italian Restaurant on Alvarado Street- delicious food too!
Cute little square near Customhouse Plaza at the southern end of Olivier St.
Cute little square near Customhouse Plaza at the southern end of Olivier St.
Spanish fountain in front of The Pacific House on Olivier St.
Spanish fountain in front of The Pacific House on Olivier St.
View at the northern end of Olivier St, beside Fisherman's Wharf- wow!
View at the northern end of Olivier St, beside Fisherman's Wharf- wow!
The reward at the end of your Downtown Monterey stroll!
The reward at the end of your Downtown Monterey stroll!
 

Directions

Downtown Monterey's main strip is on the northern end of Alvarado St. You can park along Alvarado St. Or you can park at Fisherman's Wharf and walk through Custom House Plaza to Alvarado St. In the map it appears as though Lighthouse Ave goes through this area, but it is an underground tunnel.
Pino's Italian Cafe, 211 Alvarado St, Monterey CA 93940, call (831) 649-1930.

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Visitor Ratings

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Ashley
01/29/2017 14:11
Seriously love this place! I live here currently and I am so glad!

Natalie
07/07/2010 12:13
Monterey Native here. 1951

Gregory
10/01/2009 14:39
Love, love, love Monterey.. Best town in the world...FACT!

Jane
09/09/2009 14:13
Monterey is strange in that it's completely different from anywhere else. The rocks, trees, flowers, water clarity, kelp, houses, streets, feel of the air- everything. If you grow up here, nowhere can ever be good enough!

Last Updated Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:58:45 GMT