Set along the curving sweep of its namesake bay, Monterey is a community in touch with both the natural world and the tides of history. On Cannery Row you’ll find luxurious waterfront hotels and remnants of old cannery buildings as you walk toward Old Fisherman’s Wharf, the historic pier that juts into Monterey Bay. Set out on a whale-watching or fishing trip, and don’t miss the clam chowder at the wharf’s many seafood restaurants.Or spend the day at Monterey Bay Aquarium, which gives you close-up looks at the bay’s remarkable marine life. Go nose-to-nose with adorable sea otters and catch glimpses of leopard sharks and schools of sardine swimming through the kelp forest exhibit. With 28-foot windows, it’s one of the world’s tallest aquariums. And just a short distance from town, some of the world’s finest golf courses await at Pebble Beach Golf Links.