Panoramic view from Stewart's Cove at Carmel River beach

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The Monterey Peninsula Toy Box

Fun and useful information about California's most beautiful community.

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"In the Bible it says that God made the world in six days and on the seventh, rested. But I think that on the seventh day he created the Monterey Peninsula."
- Golf writer Cal Brown

The Monterey Peninsula Toy Box
is the brainchild of James Toy, a native of Carmel, who is currently residing somewhere nearby. We think he's in Seaside, but nobody is really sure. Anyway, he welcomes his local neighbors along with those of you who are just passing through.

Mr. Toy loves the Monterey Peninsula very much and he's here to share some of his insights, tidbits of knowledge, and have a little fun. Here and there Mr. Toy will also express some of his humble opinions. Please do not be alarmed. You are feel free to adopt or dismiss them as you see fit.

Every effort is made to ensure that the information contained herein is accurate and up to date, but sometimes things change and it may take a little time before Mr. Toy catches on. But don't let that worry you. Most of what you find here has withstood the test of time and tyrants.

So please take a moment to browse through the menu below and see what appeals. Whatever path you choose, you're bound to find a few surprises along the way. If you ever get lost, just click on any cypress tree and we'll bring you in. 

If you'd like,
you may write to
Mr. Toy himself.
He'll even
write back.

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Mr Toy's Unofficial Visitors Guide to the Monterey Peninsula
Stuff you really need to know to make the most of your visit.

Art Prints

Mr. Toy's Photography Gallery and Picture Shop
Hosted by Fine Art America

Browse this delightful collection of images documenting
Mr. Toy's unique view of the Monterey Peninsula and the world
(the parts of it he's seen, anyway).

Prints, greeting cards, and gifts may be obtained there.
If you wish to purchase digital downloads with publication rights see Commercial Licensing.
Every purchase helps support this website.

Monterey in the Movies
A comprehensive guide to over 180 motion pictures made in our home town.
Now featuring a free downloadable PDF book!

Fun & educational nuggets to amuse Your Brain.

Mr. Toy's Mental Notes
A journal of miscellany that falls out of his head.

Minor Amusements
A few things that might make you smile. Or maybe not.

The Del Monte Club Car
Mr. Toy likes to play with toy trains, but he prefers to ride the big ones!
Here's the story on plans to bring them back to Monterey and Salinas.

Plus: Mr. Toy's Train Travel Tales
Hosted by Trainweb

Heidi Toy - Piano Player & Teacher
The lady of the house makes beautiful music.

The Monterey Peninsula Glossary
Definitions of local terminology to help you understand what people are talking about.

Goodies in the Bottom of the Box!
Links to the best local sites and other favorite things.

The Toy Box Privacy Policy
A.K.A. The Fine Print

"Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections."

You could waste a whole day here, but Mr. Toy advises against that.
He suggests you go outdoors for some fresh air after a couple hours of this.

The Monterey Peninsula Toy Box was founded in July 1997.
How it has lasted this long is a mystery.

This site was printed with recycled electrons.

There's nothing more to look at down here. Sorry.