Stepping out of our familiar Southern California we take you to central California to the spectacular Monterey Peninsula and Capitola Beach.
I couldn’t find an acceptable answer to decide where the line is drawn to divide Central versus Northern California but it is widely accepted that Santa Barbara starts central and north starts around Monterey so let’s go with that. Whatever the case may be, we were somewhere between central and northern California.
We started off on a very hazy morning to visit Monterey and take the picturesque 17 mile drive south along the coast. It was disappointing with the sun blocked by the gray and hurting optimum photo opportunities. However, we made the best of it as we drove along this scenic route.
Monterey was surprisingly crowded and the traffic was excruciatingly slow while driving toward the wharf. It was a shame because we were hoping to get away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California’s gridlock. However, you can’t beat the amazing scenery which is well worth it while waiting in traffic.
First stop was the Wharf, a pier like structure that overlooked the beach on one side and the moored boats on the other. On the plus side, we found a parking spot which is always a great start. The boats that dotting the water made for a very serene atmosphere and the beach spanned as far as you can see.