Monterey, California: Historic Cannery Row and John Steinbeck Walking Tour
McAbee Beach / Spindrift Hotel
Stop for a moment to take a look at the mural of two fishermen on the cement wall ahead of you. This is McAbee Beach. In the 1800’s, this area was popular with Portuguese whalers who launched their boats from this beach. Then, they would chase down a whale numerous times larger than their boat, harpoon it and tow it back to the beach. Whaling was an exceptionally dangerous business.
At the turn of the 20th century, John McAbee purchased this beach and was one of the first to pursue a commercial venture on what is today called Cannery Row.
This was also the location of a Chinese fishing village. Their fishing village was originally further down the coast at China Point, which is now the Hopkins Marine Station. It was mysteriously destroyed by fire in 1906 and the Chinese were forced out by the owners, a subsidiary of the railroad that had significant land-holdings including Pebble Beach. The Chinese moved their settlement to this beach and lived and fished off McAbee until the 1920’s.
Let's keep moving. Continue walking straight and pass the Spindrift Inn.
Across the street to your left notice the Bear Flag building. This is the front entrance to Coopers Pub. We passed the back entrance earlier on this tour.