The Lighthouse District features world-class attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and fabulous surprises such as classic comic stores, exotic cuisine, and fun events.
Monterey Bay Lighthouse District
The Lighthouse District is well-known as Monterey Bay Aquarium's home area. The Lighthouse District is three blocks away from Cannery Row and eight blocks long. The district features delightful specialty shops in addition to cafes, restaurants, and events.
Monterey Bay Lighthouse District Dining
Dining options include family-centered restaurants, ethnic restaurants, and comfort food options. Try an authentic burger at American Burger. El Cantaro Vegan Mexican Restaurant offers a range of delicious vegan Mexican options. If you are in the mood for sushi, try Crystal Fish Sushi or Sakura Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar.
Hula's Island Grill is a popular place to get in a tropical mood. Namaste India Bistro serves Indian and Nepali cuisine. Their menu features a variety of vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Favorite dishes include curry, naan bread, and unique desserts.
Won Ju Korean Restaurant serves authentic Korean dishes such as the owner's famous kimchi. Zab Zab Thai offers flavorful Northeastern Thai cuisine and has indoor and outdoor dining.
Check out Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, or The Perfect Crumb Bakery for quick refreshment.
Lighthouse District Unique Stores
All American Antiques focuses on American memorabilia and classic sports memorabilia. Current Comics is Monterey's only full-service comic shop. They offer current and classic comics, collectibles, and cards.
In addition, the Lighthouse District has over a dozen unique fashion stores, including consignment shops, boutiques, and surf shops.
Lighthouse District Events
There's always something to do in the Lighthouse District, from drink specials to live music.
In addition to weekly and monthly events, Monterey has unique annual events. Don't miss the yearly Moss Landing Antique Fair.
Every Wednesday, Hula's Island Grill celebrates hump day with wine specials. Wine and sake bottles are half off. Hula's Island Grill offers indoor and outdoor seating and features a tropical theme.
Pearl Hour cocktail bar hosts jazz every Sunday. The Zach Westfall Group performs live and offers a great way to enjoy the weekend.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the area's must-visit locations. Visitors can see a variety of marine life swimming and gliding through the aquarium's exhibits. Guests can enjoy the museum while looking out over the bay.
The Kelp Forest is home to creatures great and small such as leopard sharks and sardines. The Giant Pacific Octopus is another popular creature that can disappear and reappear to the delight of visitors. Sea Otters are always fun to watch, and the penguins provide non-stop entertainment.
If you want to learn how to scuba dive or are an expert seeking a deep wreck dive, the Bamboo Reef Dive Shop has you covered. Bamboo Reef Dive shop also offers Free-diving courses.
A diving trip offers visitors an up-close and personal look at California's diverse marine ecosystem. Bamboo Reef Dive Shop specializes in Monterey's Giant Kelp Forests. Divers often encounter Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Decorator Crabs, and Octopi.
Experience Monterey Bay's Lighthouse District
The Lighthouse District is full of enduring favorites and delightful surprises. Visitors can interact with marine wildlife at the aquarium or on a dive. Boutiques and consignment stores offer excellent shopping, while the diverse restaurants offer good eats. Visit the Lighthouse District and enjoy the best that Monterey has to offer.