From the rugged Big Sur coastline to the rolling vineyards of the Salinas Valley, Monterey County offers a diverse and dynamic environment to film makers and producers, with a year-round climate that is film friendly.
One of the most photographed bridges around! Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as Bixby Bridge, on the Big Sur coast of California, is one of the most photographed bridges in California due to its aesthetic design, “graceful architecture and magnificent setting.”
Thrust into the literary spotlight by John Steinbeck, Cannery Row today will bring you face to face with souvenir shops and succulent seafood rather than cannery workers and immense catches of sardines. Films such as Clash by Night in the 1940s revealed the Row’s gritty working side; more recent pictures such as Play Misty for Me and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home have celebrated its latter-day attractions, including the Sardine Factory restaurant and the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The atmospheric potential of Monterey’s wharves and fishing fleet hooked moviemakers as early as 1916, when the harbor stood in for Sicily in The Isle of Life. In subsequent films—as on the wharves today—eating the Monterey Bay’s bounty was as popular a pastime as catching it. Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, Troy Donahue, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Clint Eastwood all have filmed scenes at the waterfront’s restaurants and cafes, from the long-gone Cerrito’s to the Windjammer (now the Sandbar & Grill).
World famous aquarium famous for its wide variety of sea life and incredible exhibits. While at the Aquarium, don’t miss the delicate sea nettle jellies that ballooned into horrors of the deep in Sphere.