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The Coast Guard Wharf in Monterey is next to San Carlos Beach just east of Cannery Row. This area has plenty of public parking, a public boat launch, easy access to the Monterey Bay Recreation Trail, a restaurant and a deli, and several other stores including a dive shop. Out the wharf itself you can get some great views of the bay, close ups of the massive sea lions, and as the name implies--the Coast Guard.
The wharf was originally completed as a federally-funded 1700-foot breakwater in 1934. Later, the wharf was constructed on top of the breakwater, and the coast guard station here opened in 1946. The Coast Guard Wharf has a public boat ramp, and just east of the wharf is Breakwater Cover Marina with 70 boat slips. In the water between the Coast Guard Wharf and Fishermans Wharf are 150 privately owned moorings for a variety of boats.
Coast Guard Wharf is only about 1/2 mile from my house and when the sea lions decide to camp out here for the night, I can hear them like they are outside my window. I'm thinking about trying some of the tips on this page to keep them quiet. Besides being loud, they are also fat, stinky, & mean. The areas where they congregate smell like a zoo, & I have often seen one sea lion accidentally bump another only to be barked at and bitten.
In the spring the blue-throated Brandt's cormorants come to the breakwater at the end of the wharf to nest. These cormorants live along the west coast from Alaska to southern California with the greatest concentrations around Vancouver, San Francisco, and Monterey. These birds feed by swimming under water to depths of 40 feet to catch small fish. They must be vicious birds because they somehow take over the spot where the sea lions usually rest, relegating the sea lions to the lower rocks just above the edge of the water. It is said the sea gulls are a major threat to rob the nests, so the birds nest in pairs with one always watching the next.
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