Family Vacation: Pajaro Dunes

Pajaro Dunes

We have just returned from a fun filled week on the coast. We went to Pajaro Dunes which is a private beach community located between Monterey and Santa Cruz. We rented a beachfront condo and had fun in the sun, playing on the beach, whale watching, reading and relaxing. We celebrated our 12th anniversary and Father's 50th Birthday. Back in the 70's Father's family owned one of the condominiums and built House 55 so it was an walk down memory lane for him.

Pelican Point Condo # 20

Shot Father took of James on the balcony from the beach

The living room and our view

We had the most amazing time and most of the time we had the beach practically to ourselves. The first morning James and I got up and got to see dolphins and sea otters playing in the surf. They would actually ride the waves coming into shore.

The dunes is also a national Marine Sanctuary, so we saw tons of birds and we just had to go out and check them out. They were following schools of fish down the beach and feasting.

We went on a 3 hour whale watching tour through Monterey Bay Whale Watch which was actually James first time on a boat. Happy to report he isn't prone to sea sickness. We saw seals, sea otters, dolphins, humpback and blue whales. It was interesting to see the schools of krill swimming around and the whales surfacing to scoop up a whole slew of them. We also got to see jelly fish and moon jellies.


There She Blows

Blue Whale

At a certain point, we gave up taking pictures and just enjoyed watching the whales and the boat ride. After the boat ride, we wandered around fisherman's wharf and had dinner at Isabella's Italian Seafood restaurant. Delicious and highly recommend it!

Beautiful Sunsets!

Took oodles and boodles of pictures to experiment with and will have plenty to share for wordless wednesday and a whole lot more, including a funny story to tell about James and encounter with a pelican.

Goodbye Ocean!


  1. What a fantastic place to have a vacation and your photos are awesome. It must have been so hard to come home. What a lovely house and beach.

  2. That looks and sounds like a fantastic vacation was had! I know I'm definitely envious. ^-~ It looks absolutely gorgeous.

  3. So glad you had a great vacation. Your pictures are beautiful. The sunset one is stunning. Welcome home.

  4. What a wonderful vacation you had. It looks like the weather was perfect to enjoy the beach and the wildlife.

    I've actually done a whale tour through that same company - cool! If you ever decide to do another whale tour, I highly suggest Sanctuary Cruises ( - they do a FABULOUS job. We've done one tour with them and can't wait to get back to West Coast to do it again.


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