Monterey is the classic charming seaside town. It’s the kind of place you see in movies. I imagine if you lived in this town, you would permanently feel like you were on vacation. Or you would have a man being held captive in your basement because I could totally see this town as being one of those picture perfect towns with lots of hidden secrets. But that’s just me watching too many crime documentaries. It probably is just that perfect in real life.
We stayed at at a really nice RV park in Carmel, which is the neighboring town to Monterey, called Carmel by the Sea RV Park. The bathrooms were the 2nd nicest bathrooms we had the pleasure of enjoying on our whole California road trip, only topped by the Flying Flags RV Resort in Solvang. We were all very thankful for nice bathrooms and showers since we were not granted this luxury most of our trip. Each RV spot had a different frog personality and each had a different town name and we were lucky enough to get the town we were actually staying in, along with this cute little guy exercising his 2nd amendment rights.
The best way to describe Point Lobos State Park is magical. We talked to some of the rangers who worked there who were just so sweet and knowledge and you could tell they loved working in this beautiful place. We traded in our car keys for binocular and I absolutely suggest this! Point Lobos is an amazing place to see whales, sea lions, and otters.
We saw tons of sea lions and it became a game to find the whales because they would blow air out of the water before they surfaced. It was so fun to see all of the wildlife we aren’t used to in Florida.
Monterey is known to be a great place for whale watching and although we didn’t have time to do one of the many whale watching tours they offer, I’m really glad we saw some on our own.
We then decided to do the Cypress Grove Trail. The Cypress Grove Trail is actually one of the only two natural Monterey tree forests left in the world! This short easy trail is perfect for everyone and the views are absolutely amazing. We all agreed it was the prettiest water we’ve ever seen.
Next up was the Bird Island trail which is home to the beautiful crystal clear China Cove. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
We finally decided to head back to the RV park and shower so we could head into town. The only problem was we didn’t buy towels at our original grocery store run when we first got the campervan. We were all like “Oh, it’s fine, we’ll just pick some up at the grocery store.” NO. WRONG. WE WERE SO WRONG. Apparently NOWHERE in Carmel or Monterey likes to sell towels. Not CVS. Not the grocery stores. Not even Home Depot (yes, we checked.) So if you are planning on living in a van for a week like us, please don’t make the same mistake we did and buy towels at the start of your trip! We ended up buying microfiber cleaning cloths from CVS which were exactly what they sounded like. Dish cleaning cloths the size of a small square. We ended up using these to shower and it wasn’t the greatest experience of my life but we hadn’t showed since the start of our campervan adventure so regardless of the towel situation, I felt like a new human being after that shower.
Once we all smelled good again, we headed to downtown Monterey to check it out.
Downtown Monterey is adorable with tons of bars, wineries, and little shops to explore. Our first stop was the Bargetti winery which we all loved! We loved talking to a local about the town and trying the amazing wines. The fact that their most famous wine had a cat on it made us all really happy because we are all kind of obsessed with cats.
Next, we caught the end of the sunset before deciding to find some food and bar hop!
When I took this picture, it just hit me how lucky I was to be here as I listened to the sounds of the birds and watched the sun set over the mountains. Sunsets always make me appreciate life and I just love them so much.