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What to wear in late October? and a few other questions

by iloveikee Online Now Oct 13, 2009 at 7:53 AM

Hello,

I will be attending a conference in late October (23-28 to be exact) and would like to get some advice on what to wear for outdoors from local residents in Monterey.

Besides the conf, I will be taking a whale watching trip on Sunday morning, hope to see a humpback whale or two. Hopefully will have a chance to do some other activities (visiting the aquarium, sightseeing, etc.) as well.

What's the best whale watching co. to take the trip w/?

I'm also thinking about taking a short steam engine train trip to the beach? Will that be worthwhile? Or is that tailored for tourist mainly?

Mei
from the coastal region of SC

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    Re: What to wear in late October? and a few other questions

    by Odinnthor Online Now Oct 13, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    I recently gave the following advise to a member goin to the US Open in Pebble Beach. All the advise pertains to your questions. I added the Whale Watching info. It will likely be chilly in late October. Suggest you take a sweater and a coat, but be prepared for possible sunny days although it will not be hot.
    The following is from my previous advise. You can likely dismiss the hotel sites as likely you already have one, since you are going to a conference.

    Hope this helps you plan your time.

    Pebble Beach is on the ocean between Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, once presided over by Clint Eastwood as Carmel's major. Pebble Beach is as close to Carmel as the length of the golfcourse. Monterey is just a couple of miles up the road on the north side. There are of course several hotels in Carmel proper, and a number of hotels in Monterey. The first link is to google maps, so you can see the lay of the land and hotel locations, and the second one is for the actual hotels:
    Carmel:
    maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q...
    and
    carmelcalifornia.com/index.c...
    Monterey:
    google.com/search?hl=en&q=Mo...
    and
    hotels.com/processIndexSearc...

    About 30 miles east of Pebble Beach is the good size farming town of Salinas
    Number of hotels there:
    Salinas:
    maps.google.com/maps?q=Monte...
    and
    http://www.ci.salinas.ca.us/

    There are many sights to be seen in the area, if you are so inclined. Check out places like Monterey and Carmel of course, and then, Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium (a must see), 17 Mile Drive, and of course if you have time, take a drive down south on Hwy 1, through Big Sur, - and if you have a little more time, a t the southern end of Big Sur, is San Simeon with the Hearst Castle. If you cannot go that far, check out the virtual tour on the website asn see what you are missing.....d;o)

    There are a number of other things to see and do, but this will give yopu a good start.

    http://www.canneryrow.com/
    http://www.monterey.org/
    http://www.carmelcalifornia.com/
    http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
    pebblebeach.com/page.asp?pag...
    http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/
    http://www.hearstcastle.org/

    This should give you plenty to start with. Review and research the sites above, figure out the time frame, and when you have a better idea of the structure of your trip, - come on back and we will help iron out the details. I used to do five star tours through this area, so I am fairly familiar with it.
    Good luck...d;o)

    http://www.sanctuarycruises.com/ (Whale Watching )

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    Re: What to wear in late October? and a few other questions

    by Odinnthor Online Now Oct 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    ...continued....You can actually look at the google hotel sites above, as they are on maps to get oriented to the locations.....good luck

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    Re: What to wear in late October? and a few other questions

    by KimberlyAnn Online Now Oct 16, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    We had such an outstanding trip with the Monterey Bay Whale Watch. We could not decide whether to take this trip or the trip offered by their next door neighbor. We took the BEST one. We were out for 3 hours, they were out for 2 and a half. We saw whales up close in our last half hour, the other tour was back at the dock. We had an actual marine biologist aboard; they had a marine naturalist aboard. The Monterey Bay Watch group has determined that 3 hours is better than less time as it give them more opportunity to find and observe the whales. Of course they can't promise that you will see whales, but if you didn't see any, then your next trip is free so that you have a second chance at spotting whales. They do not, of course, guarantee how close you will get to the whales. What type of whale you see depends on the different seasons, and the different whales that are in the area at the time.

    Address: 84 Fisherman’s Warf, Monterey, CA 93940
    Website: www.gowhales.com

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