Humpback whales

Anatomy of a Humpback

Humpback whale. Photo courtesy: Gettyimages.com/UWPhotogThe superstars stand out among the crowd of whales that call Monterey Bay home. By Dana Rebmann FLUKE In Monterey Bay, humpbacks often feed closer to shore, making it easy to spot those recognizable spouts from beaches, cliffs, and the decks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Like a fingerprint, the underside of every humpback’s tail, or …

Monterey Bay Dog Parks

Top Dog-Friendly Beaches and Parks in Monterey County

Carmel Beach. Photo courtesy: Michelle MagdalenaWhether pooches prefer sandy paws or grassy hillsides, Monterey Peninsula’s dog-friendly spots are worth sniffing out. By Dana Rebmann CARMEL BEACH Dogs can romp off-leash at this seaside paradise. Poised pups wanting to make waves can hang 20 with a surfing lesson. ASILOMAR STATE BEACH Opt for the mile-long stretch of sand, the slightly shorter …

Best of the bay

Best Of The Bay

Photo courtesy Douglas Steakley.Your guide to the Central Coast’s most memorable experiences, from deep-sea dives and nature treks to art walks and airborne adventures. By Greg Archer Photo courtesy gettyimages.com/tupungato 1. Point Lobos State Reserve Landscape painter Francis McComas once referred to this coastal locale as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” To be sure, few …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Attractions — The Big Small

Dorid nudibranch. Photo courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium.The Monterey Bay Aquarium is famous for major exhibitions featuring sea otters, squids, and jellyfish, but its smaller creatures are worth getting to know. Meet three obscure aquarium inhabitants who are making a big splash. By Elizabeth Limbach Ethereal, sunset-hued jellyfish drifting mesmerizingly in the current. Adorable sea otters intent on cracking clams open …

Bixby Bridge

Attractions — Bixby Bridge

Photo courtesy Callum Snape.At 86 years old, Bixby Bridge is more than a historic gateway to Big Sur; it is one of the most photographed landmarks in Monterey County, gracefully spanning 714 feet across a deep and wild canyon along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, suspending drivers and pedestrians 280 feet in the air. Named after intrepid New York City …

Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance

Attractions — Speed and Splendor

Cruising along Highway 1 during the annual Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. Photo courtesy Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceBy Matt Jaffe A long racing tradition and prestigious car competitions have made the Monterey Peninsula a surprising epicenter for the world’s automotive elite. For 10 days every August, the Monterey Peninsula becomes the center of the automotive universe. The peninsula certainly isn’t a …