Exploring Monterey Bay

I spent my birthday week in Monterey Bay, one of my favorite parts of the California coast. We camped in Carmel Valley at Saddle Mountain Ranch, a campground with a gorgeous view; then stayed in Capitola Village, a cute little town by the sea. These are just a few images from our trip, from Asilomar Beach in Monterey to Capitola Beach near Santa Cruz.

Tidepools and rocks at Asilomar Beach
The tidepool sprite at Asilomar Beach
Rocks and rocks and more rocks
Walking along the shore at Asilomar Beach
Underneath the Capitola Pier
View from the Capitola Wharf
One of the selfie spots along the pier
Lots of kelp on Capitola Beach
The famous colorful facades on Capitola Beach
Tire tracks and a lifeguard tower in Capitola
Beach buddies in Capitola

Published by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Senior editor, Automattic. Editor and curator, Longreads.

5 thoughts on “Exploring Monterey Bay

  1. I can see why you love this beach so much — the rocky shore, the colorful beach houses, the ocean itself. What a grand place. And your photographs led me right in — all the way to my favorite shot of the tire tracks! It’s all about perspective, and yours is delightful!

  2. Haven’t seen that colorful facade in Capitola! Beautiful captures and I know the little one had a wonderful time.

  3. What fun, colorful beach houses. Great photos – your daughter has grown so much. Happy Birthday!

  4. Love all the photos, especially the tidepool sprite at Asilomar beach—backview of the little one in the foreground.
    I’ve been to these places, but your perspective catches them in a specially different way.

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