The Monterey Bay Aquarium is paradise on Earth. You can see AND you can touch. Isn’t it amazing for a museum? And there’s something very important you need to know about me: I LOVE FISH!
We were coming from a very bad day at Yosemite and the thought of just calmly meditating looking at fish was really appealing to me. I’m a diver (a very occasional one), but doesn’t it look cool to say it? Hey hi! I’m a diver. I have my card. Blink.
Anyway…The thing is that the most important rule when you dive (except to keep breathing) is to never touch anything ever. And I’m a »toucher »(This sounds creepy. I’m sorry). I like to touch (Nope… doesn’t sound better).
In the Monterey Aquarium, they have special pools where you can touch some crabs, sea cucumbers, bat rays, and other weird creatures I had never seen before.
Things you need to know: this place is HUGE. It took me 3 hours to visit all the different sections. And I wasn’t meditating this long in front of each aquarium. Also, even if the visit is long, please bring your kids there! Seriously, they have thought of everything: quests, games, costumes, color everywhere. It’s perfect!
But other people have already thought of that, because there’s so many kids!
I tried to relax and take pictures of fish but I was just constantly pushed by little humans. And even though I like mini-humans, sometimes I can be a bitch.
So I found the best strategy: I went 5 meters far from what I wanted to see, and say very loud »Oh look! A shark! » And they all came running. »I wanna see the shark! I wanna see the shark! »
There was no shark. Mehehe.
So I could take the best Finding Nemo casting picture in peace. Paparazzi style.
The best part is definitely the »Jellies Experience. » An impressive section entirely dedicate to jelly fish.
After an afternoon visiting the Monterey Aquarium, I felt like eating seafood. I guess I’m a bad person. To save my karma, I finally had a burger.
Oh wait, isn’t Karma an Indian thing?
At least, I swear I didn’t flash the octopus.
Monterey can be quite popular during the summer, make sure to book your room in advance.
I chose to book mine on Airbnb, and I found an old school bus transformed into a room. It was super original and I spend the best night ever.
Not familiar with Airbnb? Take a look at my Beginner’s Guide to Airbnb.
If you prefer, there’s also tons of options for Monterey Hotels.
The cost to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium is around 50US$/adult but it totally worth it!
To discover more posts about California:
- California – My 10 Days Road Trip Itinerary
- What You Can See in One Day Walking in San Francisco
- Best Road Trip Songs to Drive Down Pacific Highway
- What to Pack For California in Autumn
- Los Angeles is Disney World on Crack
- Photo Essay: Alcatraz Prison
- Why We Had a Terrible Day at Yosemite
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