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mini
Fremont, CA1,79,572 contributions
May 2020
We went to the Breakwater area of Monterey. This is also a very good place for divers. Its fun to see them in the water. We also like it when we see sea animals in the area.
Written 27 May 2020
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Steve5863
Avon, OH13,020 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Also known as the Coast Guard Pier, the breakwater, a popular fishing location, is a long stone pier jutting out into Monterey Bay just south of Cannery Row, adjacent to San Carlos Beach Park where public parking is available as well as restrooms at the base of the pier.

The beach is a popular entry point for scuba divers which one can watch from the breakwater along with the active sea otters in the water just below feeding on the shellfish living among the breakwater’s rocks. In addition to the sea otters, one is also likely to see cormorants, pelicans, seagulls and sea lions although the latter are usually on the rocks at the end of the breakwater which is fenced off by the Coast Guard.
Written 5 May 2019
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Donna V
Modesto, United States174 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Nice marina, restaurant, and dive shop. We were there for a dive certification and they have everything you need!
Written 12 February 2019
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Nancyuen
Albuquerque, NM196 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
We came here twice, once for a daytime dive and once for a night dive. The entry was fairly easy because the tide was low and we didn't have to be careful of the "sand step" as we entered the water. On our swim out toward where the pier wall curves around, I caught sight of sea otters just off the beach, eating urchins, clams, or whatever else they found for lunch, floating on their backs. Underwater, among the riprap, we found many warm-colored sea stars, as well as loads of crabs, many kinds of fin fish, and even octopuses! It was a great and relaxing dive. Coming back in was easy, as well, as the waves gently helped us kick back to the beach. We showered off at the conveniently-located outdoor shower, then made a quick dash to the rest rooms at the end of the carpark, where, unfortunately, we found that they were closed (for the night).
Written 30 October 2018
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travelingfools29
Shreveport, LA9 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Amazing place to dive and kayak. If diving surface swim out to number 14 on the pier before descending then swim along rick wall for awhile before turning around and heading back towards your entry point. We had about 30 juvenile sea lions swimming around us and intermittent encounters with them while swimming back to shore. The giant kelp is so amazing, it's like an underwater forest. In the back of the parking lot, far right side you can rent kayaks for $35 per day and you can kayak with the same sea lions. There are otters and harbor seals as well. If staying on shore walk to the end of the pier to get up close to basking sea lions.
Written 5 September 2018
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lolabwoods
Phoenix, AZ27 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Local interest and easy walking brought us to this area. The sea lions were all up on the pier sunning themselves if you get to the end. Locals fishing and some divers were there. Enjoyable even on a cold day if the sun comes out.
Written 5 December 2017
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Kim S
Lakeland, FL15 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
My husband did a beach entry scuba dive with Bamboo scuba in Monterey at this beach, it was just beautiful. The pier has a lot of sealions and sea otters!! Couldn’t take enough pictures!!!
Written 31 October 2017
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Mimie W
Spokane, WA1,173 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Very accessible wide beach in Monterey with parking available. Lots of action for scuba divers. Or just a place to sit on a bench and watch all the activities that goes on around you. Marine animals plentiful: Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Cormorants, Sea gulls, Jelly fish and if it's your lucky day: Dolphins!
Written 17 August 2017
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Daryl C
Danville, CA1,045 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
There's a small park and a few shops at the Breakwater. It's primary a launching spot for divers. They generally get to the parking lot early so you may not find a spot. And the amenities--air, showers, bathroom-are really set up to accommodate divers.
Written 7 August 2017
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Daniel A
Beijing, China33,020 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is more of a beach for people to dive. I should have read the reviews before we went out here. We saw a beach and since we were primarily looking at beaches up and down the cost, we thought this one would be cool if we walked and saw some sea otters. Too many divers. Ok, let them have this beach. There are plenty of others.
Written 21 July 2017
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