California’s coastal community of Monterey is a place of stunning natural beauty with plenty of ways to spend the day, even on a budget.
Start your morning with a seafood breakfast (because you are on the coast, after all!) at LouLou’s Griddle in the Middle, where you can get a Seafood Rider, an omelet with shrimp, crab, mushrooms and cheese, along with a cup of coffee for less than $20.
Spend your morning roaming through old Cannery-Row at Fisherman’s Wharf, window shopping and checking out the sites. This seafront district of converted canning factories now houses quaint shops, restaurants and bars and is a great way to enjoy the fresh sea air.
For lunch, stop in at Monterey’s Fish House for some classic seafood dishes like a freshly grilled plate of snapper for less than $20.
Spend your afternoon working off the calories at Monterey Museum of Art, where admission is just $10 and you can enjoy roaming the museum’s peaceful grounds and exploring the collections of beautiful artwork.
For dinner, go to Peter B’s Brewpub, where you can enjoy a Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich and a hard cider for less than $30.
After dinner, you will still have enough money to visit one of the fun bars at Fisherman’s Wharf where you can experience the lively scene.
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