Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California audio tour: Monterey Bay Driving Tour: From Del Monte Beach to Cannery Row and the Aquarium

Monterey Bay Driving Tour: From Del Monte Beach to Cannery Row and the Aquarium

Driving Tour

75 mins

About the Tour

Monterey’s story is as beautiful as its scenery. When European explorer Juan Cabrillo first laid eyes on the bay 500 years ago, he was astounded by it, and he wrote such a glowing description that other explorers followed. Eventually, Monterey became a city.

This is the tour of Monterey I take friends and family on, when they come to visit. Whether this is your first time here or you visit the Peninsula regularly – and even if you live here – you’ll discover something new on this tour of California’s second oldest city. After all, there are more historical buildings in Monterey than any other city west of Santa Fe, New Mexico. You’ll see both sides of Fisherman’s Wharf, take in the actual locations in John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and end the tour at the Monterey’s most visited attraction, The Aquarium.

On this tour, you’ll discover:

• Several incredibly beautiful beaches including one with a view of the bay that most people drive by and never see
• The Lower Presidio which has spectacular views and an amazing story involving Native Americans
• The Hotel Del Monte, a 19th century destination that was the Disneyland of its time
• The Naval Postgraduate school which a third of all U.S. astronauts attended

We’ll also go to spots where California was born together, including:
• Larkin House, once the headquarters for all of California
• Beautiful San Carlos, now the oldest stone building in California
• California’s first theater
• The Custom House where all goods coming into the U.S. from the west had to be cleared
• And I’ll tell you why Monterey has been dubbed The Language Capital of the World

And that’s just the beginning!


Feel Good Rock, Jason Shaw
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Bass Vibes, Kevin MacLeod (
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Sheep May Safely Graze, BWV 208 Kevin MacLeod (
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Chapter 19
Music - Arise - Podington Bear

Chapter 38

Sound from

Chapter 42 - The Presidio

The Highway Robbers - Rollin' and Tumblin'

Americana Kevin MacLeod (
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Thanks to BerlinAtmospheres for sfx

Chapter 60

Del Rio Bravo Kevin MacLeod (
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Still photographs by Pamela Hamilton and Bob Hamilton,

Tour Producer


Bob Hamilton

Bob Hamilton is a 57 year veteran of the radio, music, television and online industry....disc jockey, program director, industry magazine producer and writer of five books about and for the radio/music industry. He is also a pioneer in online publishing, creating New Radio Star, an online network for the radio music industry in 1982 that continues to exist today. He was host of Fast Forward for two years, a weekly show with major recording artist guests in the early years of MTV, but also seen around the world. He is an audio and video producer, a former Billboard magazine radio producer of the year. He worked with many major recording artists and record companies, producing life stories to accompany World Premieres of releases for artists like Abba, David Bowie, Heart, Kenny Loggins, George Strait, Hall and Oates, Jefferson Starship, Paul Anka and many others. He has stayed on the forefront of new technology and multi-media, creating the life story of the group Heart on CD-Rom in the 1990's. Most recently his dedication has been to video, especially documentary. Last year he created the 8 hour documentary, RVing the Bay Area (about the San Francisco bay area) and is currently finishing RVing the Monterey Peninsula and RVing the Central California Coast. At their invitation, his entire collection of work has its own place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library in Cleveland, Ohio and this app witll be the latest addition. He is currently dedicated to telling the story of the entire California Coast on video, audio and now online apps. After growing up in Oklahoma he spent many years in New York City and Los Angeles, but, moved to Carmel By the Sea in 1977, where he has most of the last 40 years. Over those years, he took many friends and family members who came to visit, on a tour of his beloved Carmel and now he is honored to get to show you this wonderful place as well. You can contact Bob by email at [email protected] or see more on his websites,, and

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Major Landmarks

  • Del Monte Beach

  • Hotel del Monte

  • Dennis the Menace Park

  • First Mission - San Carlos

  • Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Larkin House

  • Colton Hall

  • The Presidio

  • Custom House

  • The Cannery

  • The Monterey Aquarium

Directions to Starting Point

We are starting at the Home Depot Store Parking lot in Seaside, just on the edge of Monterey

There is only one Home Depot store on the Monterey Peninsula and everyone knows where it is, so it’s easy to find...

We are beginning the tour of Monterey in the east as we want you to get the whole story, which includes the Southern Pacific railway and the del Monte hotel area…
The parking lot in front of Home Depot is huge and will let you easily park and get your tour set (there is also a Smart and Final there in case you need last minute snacks to take with you...

From the south - Take Highway 1 north…Follow CA-1 N to CA-218 E/Canyon Del Rey Blvd. Take exit 403 from CA-1 N..
Turn right on 218/Canyon Del Rey...pull into the huge Home
Depot parking lot…

From the north - Follow Highway 1 to CA-218 Exit/Canyon Del Rey Blvd. Take exit 403 from Highway 1...turn on 218 and you will see the Home Deport parking lot

From Pacific Grove - Take Lighthous becomes del Monte Blvd in Monterey...take that street to 218/Canyon
Del Rey Blvd..turn’ll see Home Depot on the right

From Monterey downtown take de Monte blvd east to 218/Canyon Del Rey Blvd..turn’ll see Home Depot on the right

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Places to stop along the way

Del Monte Beach, Rest stop across from hotel Del Monte, Dennis the Menace Park, San Carlos Church, Pier 2 and Fisherman's Wharf, Stevenson's Hotel Garden, Cooper Molera Adobes, Alvarado Street, Larkin House, Colton Hall, The Presidio, Old Whaling Station, Breakwater Cove, Doc Rickett's Memorial, Steinbeck Plaza, 800 block of Cannery Row, The Aquarium

Best time of day

Especially in the summer, this city of 28,000 doubles in population...specifically, on the weekend. It's better to take the tour during the week, because of less traffic, but, you will also find more places you may want to visit inside on the weekends. Of course, like most cities traffic is heaviest during work commutes, after ten and before 4 is ideal. The best time to take the tour is when you have plenty of time so you can park the car and go inside some of these amazingly, intersting places.


#1 precaution is to watch for pedestrians. This includes downtown, Monterey as you turn on some of the narrow streets. But, the most important caution for pedestrians is when you go across the coastal trail and this happens quite often...bicyles, joggers and walkers are going down this trail and you are expected to stop for them...most of them pay little attention to the in all cases is to really take your time on the's not about the's the slow!


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Monterey Bay Driving Tour: From Del Monte Beach to Cannery Row and the Aquarium