The drive today was about 224 miles through valleys and mountains. We saw oil rigs all over the place and we never figured California had them. We also drove by vineyards with what seemed like endless rows of grape plants. California has a lot to offer, climate wise. We drove through desert, fertile valleys and when we arrived in Marina, the climate was very cool with sea breezes and lots of fog.
This was our second stop in California and it was a chance for us to see the Pacific Ocean. We could not have picked a better place to camp. Marina Dunes is as close to the Pacific as you can camp in this area. It is just across the street from the protected dunes, with a path leading to the beach. Aside from the location, the campground itself is amazing. We had all services, a fire ring and a big site. We can’t wait to get back there again soon.
I had never heard of Marina before this trip, but it’s proximity to Monterrey was why we chose to camp here. Just a few minutes north of Monterrey, it shares the beauty and climate of without the tourist feel. It was a bit of a walk, but we were able to share a Pacific sunset with Christopher for the first time. It is a great place.
I hadn’t heard of 17 mile drive, but Amber had. You pay a $10.25 fee at the gate and you can drive the 17 mile road around the golf course, beaches, wooded areas and multimillion dollar houses. If you in this area, this is a great way to spend a few hours or more. Sea lion spotting was great here also.
We were hungry and saw the Del Monte Shopping Center while driving on Cabrillo Hwy (CA 1/68) in Monterrey, so we pulled off and decided to check it out. We wandered into Pizza My Heart and we had no idea that on Tuesdays, kids got to make their own pizzas. They delivered the dough, sauce, cheese and toppings and Christopher built it himself. Once he was done, they baked it and brought it back to the table. He loved it!
I’m sure there is more to Monterrey than Fisherman’s Wharf, but it is a must see when you are in the area. We love the scenery and sea food restaurants.