Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Cannery Row
Monterey California


Cannery Row is the western part of Monterey harbor, a stretch of rocky shore once lined with fish canneries. The fish, known as sardines but actually anchovies, were hauled up in amazing quantities until the 1950's, when they all but disappeared.

John Steinbeck based his novels "Cannery Row" and Sweet Thursday" on actual characters living in the area in the 1930's. Now various sorts of tourist attractions and upscale hotels have replaced the canneries, though historic relics remain in between. Cannery Row is one of the top tourist destinations on the Monterey Peninsula.



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Cannery Row at the foot of Prescott Street

(December 12, 2005)


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A view over Monterey Bay from Steinbeck Plaza on Cannery Row

(December 12, 2005)


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The beach at Steinbeck Plaza, Cannery Row

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A pedestrian and bike path follows the old railroad line through Cannery Row

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On the beach below the Monterey Plaza Hotel

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Memorial to Doc Ricketts, located where he was hit by a train

(December 12, 2005)


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