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Monterey is a city in The United States. It is mostly frequented by tourists and is expensive. The Monterey Peninsula is the jumping off point for anyone interested in hitching through or to Big Sur.

Hitching out

There is a bus that runs a couple times a day from Monterey directly to Big Sur

For hitching, it is best to hitch out of the Monterey Peninsula from the Barnyard Shopping Village which is located in Carmel Valley. This spot can be difficult to walk to and get rides in as it an affluent community. However, it is the last reasonably priced grocery opportunity before the exorbitant price-gouging that characterizes Big Sur and many tourists and travelers stop here before heading on. There is a pullout on the right shoulder directly after a set of 4 way traffic lights on the Highway 1 right in front of the shopping village. This is the best spot to hitch.

You can get to this spot by taking a Carmel/Carmel Valley bus from downtown Monterey.

North to Santa Cruz

South to Big Sur and Santa Barbara

East to Salinas

Hitching in

Getting into Monterey is easy from the North. An express bus leaves twice a day except weekends from downtown Santa Cruz for $3.00, or you can hitchhike from onramps in Santa Cruz. There is also a bus from Salinas.

Places to avoid

Fisherman's Wharf has alot of undercover police. Downtown Monterey is exorbitantly priced. There are many homeless in Monterey who hang out in the central bus stop and fisherman's wharf areas.

Accommodation and Sleep

Veteran's Park is located relatively central in Monterey. Everyone will know where it is if you ask around. They have Bike and Hike access for $6.00 a night per person, hot showers, bathrooms, and electricity hookups. If you arrive late at night you may get away with walking out unnoticed, but the ranger seems to be a very observant guy and has generally asked me to pay. He is very nice though and if you have no money he won't sweat you too hard.

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