Explore the Monterey Bay upclose and personal with a ride along the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. — Photo courtesy of blazzingsaddles.com
A Bit Fishy
Reconnect with your love at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Considered one of the world’s premier aquariums, MBA allows visitors to touch, see, and enrich their lives through the wonders of the sea. Bond while watching the always playful otter feeding or while marveling at the kelp forest and deep ocean exhibits. You might need your partner to build your courage before petting a sea creature in the touch tanks. Take a moment to stand out on the spacious outdoor patio situated right above the crystalline waters of the Monterey Bay to steal a kiss. A sea lion or otter just might greet you two from below.
Monterey is brimming with outdoor activities that’ll create memories to last a lifetime. Whale watching tours are offered by a number of agencies, but check out Monterey Bay Whale Watching Cruises for great deals. Rent a kayak through Monterey Bay Kayaks or a bicycle built for two at Bay Bikes Rentals. Wander through Fisherman’s Wharf to experience the full salty flavor of this historic city, too.
Numerous art galleries, cafes, and antique stores draw couples in with quirky, one-of-a-kind finds that make unforgettable souvenirs. Basset Books, the East Village Coffee Lounge, and the Mark Reuben Gallery are the perfect places to while away the afternoon together. Don’t miss tastings at Lockwood Vineyard and Ventana Wineries to sample the rich local vintages.
Picture Perfect Sunsets
End the day together at the aptly named Lovers Point beach. This is one of the few geographic areas on the Central Coast where you can actually see the sunset. Snuggle up with your honey as the sky turns every shade of blue, purple, and pink. As the stars begin to twinkle over the Pacific, you’ll remember just why you fell in love with your special someone.