Daily Life in Monterey Walking Tour, Monterey (Self Guided)

Most of us seek extraordinary, wonderful and unusual places and things and traditions in the countries we visit. Of course, everything new is exciting and that satisfies our thirst for adventure. On the other hand, when we get tired of all the new things we have seen, there comes a time when you want to experience the real life, the daily life of the people who built and created the country. This guide will lead you to the common, usual, daily life places in Monterey.
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Daily Life in Monterey Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Daily Life in Monterey Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Monterey (See other walking tours in Monterey)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: nicole
Saint John's Chapel

1) Saint John's Chapel

The building of St John's Chapel was started on June 14, 1891. It was officially opened in 1894 by Bishop Nicols of the Diocese of California.

In 1957, the road next to the chapel had to be removed. Since the move in 1957, the chapel has continued to serve the people of Monterey, preserving the integrity of traditional worship. Every Sunday locals gather here for communion. All the neighborhood weddings take place here, so you might get to see a happy Monterey couple!
Naval Post Graduate School

2) Naval Post Graduate School

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is an accredited research university operated by the United States Navy. The school grants master's degrees, engineer's degrees and doctoral degrees. It also offers research fellowship opportunities at the postdoctoral level through the National Research Council research associateship program. The NPS student population is mostly active-duty officers from all branches of the U.S. Military, although U.S. Government civilians and members of foreign militaries can also matriculate under a variety of programs. Most of the faculty are civilians. NPS offers graduate programs through four graduate schools and 12 departments. On 9 June 1909, Secretary of the Navy George von L. Meyer signed General Order No. 27, establishing a school of marine engineering at Annapolis, Maryland.

On 31 October 1912, Meyer signed Navy General Order No. 233, which renamed the school the Postgraduate Department of the United States Naval Academy. During World War II, Fleet Admiral Ernest King, chief of naval operations and commander-in-chief of both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, established a commission to review the role of graduate education in the Navy. In 1945, Congress passed legislation to make the school a fully accredited, degree-granting graduate institution. Two years later, Congress adopted legislation authorizing the purchase of an independent campus for the school. A post-war review team, which had examined 25 sites nationwide, had recommended the old Hotel Del Monte in Monterey as a new home for the Postgraduate School. In December 1951, the Postgraduate School moved across the nation, establishing its current campus in Monterey.

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Valnizza Market & Liquor

3) Valnizza Market & Liquor

Children want candies and ice-cream, teenagers look for chips and cola, grownups seek...everything for the house! Valnizza Market & Liquor is a local supermarket, that has been serving Monterey downtown neighborhoods for many years. Anytime you'll be able to see a granny with her lovable grandchildren, parents and young people in love searching for food and beverages.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
San Carlos Cemetery

4) San Carlos Cemetery

Originally this cemetery was established in 1834. It was called San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. It comprises 13.5 acres and is located in central Monterey. This is the central cemetery, but not the only one. Lately, a lot of outdoor crypts have been built, making the scene nicer, filled up the open spaces with some nice architecture. It is obvious that this is not a fun place to be, but it is a place of everyday life, a quiet place, where locals come to commemorate their relatives and friends.

5) Esteban

Esteban is a local hot spot for Monterey City youth in the evenings. It is a popular disco-bar visited mostly by local young people. The style of the interiors is Spanish, the music played here is hip-hop and pop. Twice a week they have a salsa and Spanish dance night. Sometimes they organize karaoke nights. During the day Esteban is an authentic Spanish food restaurant.
Jack's Park

6) Jack's Park

Hunting for something specific to Monterey? This park will give you a ringside view into the real emotions, faces and eyes of Monterey people. This park has six tennis courts and a huge baseball field! It has seats and parking places so that visitors can enjoy some great games. Everyday children and students come here to practice, but on Sundays and holidays the big show is on. It is a modern park, very clean and very crowded with locals.
Del Monte Beach

7) Del Monte Beach (must see)

After a whole day filled with events, after long walks around Monterey, tired and hungry, we offer you the best thing to do for an evening - rest on the beach. The sand is great in Monterey city, and the ocean is calm and warm in the evenings. Local fast-food, small bars and tiny gift boutiques are placed at the gates. Locals come here for an evening walk, a little beach picnic, some sports and games and family reunions. Among them you will no longer be a visitor, but a real Monterey resident!

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Museum Walking Tour in Monterey

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Cultural Tour in Monterey

Cultural Tour in Monterey

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Family Entertainment - Self-Guided Tour in Monterey

Family Entertainment - Self-Guided Tour in Monterey

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Monterey for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Monterey has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Monterey, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.