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Downtown Monterey has a hip feel to it. Alvarado Rd is the main strip and has some gorgeous historical buildings with 19th century details around the edges. Golden State Theater is a delightful honeycomb-colored historical building. There are restaurants and coffee houses. 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 Maritime Museum and the Pacific House Museum. 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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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 Customhouse Plaza to Alvarado St. In the map it appears as though Lighthouse Ave goes through this area, but it is an underground tunnel.
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|Monterey Native here. 1951|
|Love, love, love Monterey.. Best town in the world...FACT!|
|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!|