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  • The empty lot & Spindrift Inn @ McAbee Beach - Monterey
      The empty lot & Spindrift Inn @ McAbee Beach
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  • San Carlos Beach and the Coast Guard Wharf - Monterey
      San Carlos Beach and the Coast Guard Wharf
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  • Moon over Aeneas Beach - Monterey
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San Carlos Beach is Monterey's second largest beach and is the biggest scuba diving area in town. The park boasts a large grassy area, many benches overlooking the water, a few sculptures, and some informative signs about the local wildlife. The Monterey Bay Coastal Trail also passes through this location. During the day, especially on weekends, it is common to see divers assembling their gear on the lawn, waddling down to the beach, or swimming out along the pier. At least 150 sparking spaces are available in the San Carlos Beach lot and the Coast Guard Pier lot.

McAbee Beach along Cannery Row is just a tiny stretch of sand with many tourists, kayakers, and occasional scuba divers. It is located in the heart of Cannery Row surrounded by fancy hotels & expensive restaurants. At high tide, the beach all but disappears. Facing the water, on your left is 700 Cannery Row (Sly McFly's, Fish Hopper, and about 30 little shops), to the right is El Torito Mexican Restaurant, and along the stretch of the beach you'll find the Spindrift Inn hotel and a few more restaurants & shops at Steinbeck Plaza Two. To the left of Steinbeck Two, is a small park overlooking the beach, and between El Torito and the Spindrift is a big abandoned lot that is fenced off and full of bums at night. This area was first settled in the 1850s by Chinese fishermen. In the late 1800s, whales were killed and towed to the beach to be butchered.

The last beach along Cannery Row is called Aeneas Beach, or to the locals: Hidden Beach. It is located down a staircase next to the Monterey Plaza Hotel at the base of Dickman Street. This is a popular place to kayak and scuba dive. I spend more time here than anywhere else along Cannery Row, especially to take photos of the moon rising over the bay. Though the area is very built up with hotels and old canneries, it is always quiet.

Directions: San Carlos Beach is between Cannery Row & the Wharfs. After exiting the tunnel toward Cannery Row, take the first right onto Foam Street & San Carlos Beach is on the right. Location of McAbee Beach.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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