The mournful barking of sea lions provides a steady soundtrack all along Monterey's waterfront, but the best way to actually view the whiskered marine mammals is to walk along one of the two piers across from Custom House Plaza. Lined with souvenir shops, the wharf is undeniably touristy, but it's lively and entertaining. At Wharf No. 2, a working municipal pier, you can see the day's catch being unloaded from fishing boats on one side and fishermen casting their lines
into the water on the other. The pier has a couple of low-key restaurants, from whose seats lucky customers might spot otters and harbor seals.
At end of Calle Principal, Monterey, California, 93940, United States