Valentine's on the Wharf

Celebrate Valentine’s on Old Fisherman’s Wharf!

Celebrate a great Valentine's on Old Fisherman’s Wharf in February! As they say, turn on your love light! 

Enjoy some great photo ops at Old Fisherman’s Wharf with lots of heart-felt Valentine's decorations up and down the Wharf during the first two weeks of February to capture loving photo memories with family, friends and that special someone! 

The Wharf Merchants will also feature special Valentine's menu items, cocktails, confections, jewelry, gift items, boat trips and more to celebrate the Valentine's holiday season. Candy World will have special Valentine's Truffles and Carousel Candies and Wharf Chocolate Factory will have an array of special confections for Valentine's, too.  

In addition to Valentine's Day decorations on the Wharf for the perfect selfies and family photos, the Wharf merchants will soon be offering many special Valentine's items including lots of sweet treats at the three candy shops (Candy World, Carousel Candies and the Wharf Chocolate Factory), plus there will be many "heart-adorned" items, including jewelry and more heart-felt items at the Wharf gift shops. There will also be special food items from the restaurants featuring tasty Valentine's specials, too.  

Gift certificates for Whale Watching, Fishing, Sailing and Glass Bottom Boat Trips offered by businesses on the Wharf also make wonderful Valentine’s gifts for family and friends.

February is the month to celebrate love and affection and we love and appreciate everyone who comes to Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf to Shop Local with our businesses!     

Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California has a rich history as a waterfront district that has been a hub for fishing and trade for over 178 years. Built in 1845 for regular passenger and freight service, Old Fisherman’s Wharf is conveniently located near Downtown Monterey, right off of the Monterey Recreation Trail. 

The Wharf is home to ten outstanding restaurants, four fish markets, and seven gift shops that showcase the area's cultural heritage and local seafood cuisine. Enjoy award-winning dining, family-friendly special events, seeing an array of marine life, and strolling leisurely in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Monterey Bay. Featuring both al fresco and indoor dining options, visitors can take in views of the beautiful Monterey Harbor or enjoy “people watching” while dining.

Savor delicious cuisine at a myriad of fabulous restaurants featuring stunning views and award-winning Italian food, sustainable seafood, steaks and pizza, including the region’s famous clam chowder and calamari. Sample many flavors of salt water taffy, homemade chocolates, caramel apples, cotton candy and many other yummy treats at three candy shops and and there is also an ice cream shop. View sea otters, sea lions, dolphins, whales, seabirds and other wildlife up close and personal that also share the Wharf. Watch people who have gone out and caught their own fish on the local and chartered fishing boats return with their own “catch of the day”.  Celebrate the first location in Monterey County where tender abalone was cooked and served in a restaurant. The Wharf features an array of gift shops and jewelry shops. Visitors can check out the many fun shops to find the perfect memento of their visit and a variety of unique gifts.

In addition to dining and shopping, there are several attractions on Old Fisherman's Wharf, including four whale watching tour companies with knowledgeable marine biologists and naturalists, two fishing charters, sailing, and glass-bottom boat rides, which provide a unique glimpse into the underwater world of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

As a top destination for visitors from across the globe, Old Fisherman's Wharf is known by many as the "Whale Watching Capital of the World" and attracts around 4 million visitors per year. Old Fisherman’s Wharf was also a main location for the filming of the hit HBO series, Big Little Lies, Season 1.

Whether it's enjoying award-winning dining, viewing marine life up close, or strolling in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Monterey Bay, Old Fisherman's Wharf is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Monterey, California.

There is ample parking in the adjacent parking lot which is now prepaid.

For more information, visit or call (831) 238-0777.