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A good place to get your bearings and pick up a map. The staff were really helpful and pointed us... read more

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
A super place to stop...

Great people with great info. Lots of free maps/brochures. You need to stop there before venturing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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401 Camino El Estero, Monterey, CA 93940-3059
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good place to get your bearings and pick up a map. The staff were really helpful and pointed us in the right direction.

Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great people with great info. Lots of free maps/brochures. You need to stop there before venturing into the Wharf or Cannery Row.

Thank John K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove into Monterey and found the Visitors Centre handily placed on a side road on the left hand side. Free parking! Lots of leaflets around and the staff are really very helpful.

Thank BobandJosie
Reviewed 12 September 2018

First of all, you don't want to miss this beautiful location! Lake, ducks, trees, the best of Monterey. Second, the staff was among the best we've ever encountered -- friendly, informative, supportive. We lingered after we got our maps, etc. just to chat with the...More

Thank shirleybruton
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

We rolled into town just heading down the coast. Needed info and Pam was fantastic. She helped with directions around town, places to eat and the elusive California state map. We couldn’t find a map at any store or gas station. Thank you for your...More

Thank C7112OFdavidl
Reviewed 22 July 2018

I stopped there several times when coming to Monterey. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. They have a great walking tour map and a map of the local historical sites. There are also a zillion other fliers of the many tourist opportunities in the...More

Thank Phil N
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Pam was of enormous help to two travelers who had never been to Monterey before. Thanks Pam. Gene & Sally

Thank Gene M
Reviewed 25 May 2018

In order to know what attractions we have to visit in Monterey, we came in this visitor center. We met here the useful documentation, together with some kind staff.

Thank Gabriel A
Reviewed 15 April 2018

Make it a first call when visiting this area as they have all the knowledge and great tips on what to see and do. Friendly and accommodation staff they try very hard to match what you want to see to what there is available. They...More

1  Thank Ashley M
Reviewed 8 April 2018

I have been to Monterey many times but this was my first visit to the visitor's center. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. This is a hidden little gem in a very touristy destination. The have computers where you can book rooms for the night...More

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