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Where to go and where to stay in Monterey County.

Visiting Monterey County

Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad.

27 - Monterey County

Monterey County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood.

The county is named after Monterey Bay; a name chosen by Sebastian Vizcaino, in 1602, to honour Gaspar de Zuniga y Acevedo, Conde de Monterrey - the Viceroy of New Spain.

Monterey itself comes from the Spanish words of monte and rey - hill and king. Monterey Wine Country.

The county seat of Monterey County is Salinas.

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau:
From the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Monterey County offers an endless list of fantastic things to see and do for visitors.

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association:
Explore Monterey wine country and learn about the wineries, vineyards, climates and appellations of Monterey and Carmel Valley. The region is renowned for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but also produces excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc.

Around Monterey County

Explore the Central Pacific Coast region of California from the dramatic Big Sur coastline, romantic Carmel by the Sea and Pebble Beach to historic Monterey, its diverse peninsula communities and the fertile Salinas Valley.

A tourist's itinerary in the Monterey Peninsula should include visits to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing and


Carmel is on the Pacific Coast of Central California, just South of Monterey Bay.

Carmel art galleries are a link to the city’s century-old bohemian roots. In a quaint European-style village of just one square mile, there are more than 100 galleries. Any Carmel stroll is accompanied by a menagerie of canvases and prints, reminding visitors that the town will always stay true to its colours.

Carmel Chamber of Commerce:
Carmel is located on a breathtaking white sand beach and the quaint European style village offers romance, gourmet dining, shopping and fun.

City of Carmel:
Primarily a residential city wherein business and commerce have in the past, are now, and are proposed to be in the future subordinated to its residential character.

Del Rey Oaks

City of Del Rey Oaks:
The City of Del Rey Oaks was incorporated on 3rd September, 1953.


City of Gonzales:
The City of Gonzales, the 'Wine Capital of Monterey County', is located in the heart of the fertile, 90-mile long Salinas Valley - between the scenic Santa Lucia and Gabilan Mountain ranges.

Gonzales Chamber of Commerce:
Gonzales is a rapidly growing town with a revitalised downtown area.


City of Greenfield:
Located in the heart of California's Salinas Valley, the City of Greenfield is approximately 135 miles south of San Francisco, 95 miles south of San Jose and 60 miles north of Paso Robles.

King City

City of King City:
King City is situated on Highway 101 in South Monterey County; in the heart of California's Salinas Valley.

King City Chamber of Commerce:
With a gentle climate and varied topography, King City and Southern Monterey County offer year-round recreation. The area is home to Los Padres National Forest, spectacular Pinnacles National Monument, San Antonio Lake, Arroyo Seco River and San Lorenzo Regional Park.


City of Marina:
Established in 1918 and incorporated in November of 1975, Marina is located six miles north of Monterey, on California State Highway 1.

Marina Chamber of Commerce:
Situated at the heart of the Monterey Bay, in a coastal area with gently rolling hills, Marina is home to a unique state beach and beautiful parks and recreational facilities.


The city of Monterey was the capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule.

A coastal community in northern California, Monterey is located 350 miles north of Los Angeles and 115 miles south of San Francisco.

Monterey Peninsula Airport is located just east of the City of Monterey; where regular flights are available to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, LA/Ontario and San Diego.

City of Monterey:
Monterey's rich history includes Spanish exploration dating back to 1542 and the establishment of the San Carlos Cathedral, by Father Junipero Serra, in 1770.

Monterey Conference Center:
The 58,000 square foot Conference Center offers three levels of outstanding meeting space including an exhibit hall, ballroom, theater, luxurious boardroom, breakouts, patios, galleries, terraces and banquet facilities.

Monterey-Salinas Airbus:
The Airbus pick-up points is at Monterey Transit Plaza - look for the ‘Airbus’ sign by the Ordway Drug Store; on Pearl at Alvarado.

Monterey-Salinas Transit:
A free 'Wave' trolley, operated seasonally by Monterey-Salinas Transit, takes passengers from Downtown to Cannery Row at no cost.

Monterey Accommodation

Hotels in Monterey, California:
Find hotels in Monterey, California with special online rates.

The Inn at 1252 Monterey: (1252 Munras Avenue)
Nestled along the breathtaking Central California coast, The Inn at 1252 Monterey is a charming seaside hotel for family vacations or business trips.

Monterey Attractions

John Steinbeck used real people and places as models for his 1945 novel, Cannery Row.

Historic Monterey:
Contains nine themed sections covering the key aspects of Monterey's history with detailed information on its 18th- and 19th-century buildings. There's also a calendar of history-related events in Monterey County and suggested walking tours.

Monterey Bay Aquarium:
Located at 886 Cannery Row, the purpose of Monterey Bay Aquarium is to provide a facility to expand the public interest in and enjoyment of the marine life and the environment of Monterey Bay and the surrounding areas and shoreline.

Monterey Fairgrounds:
Home to the Monterey County Fair, the fairgrounds also host the Monterey Jazz Festival, the annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival, major horse shows and several other events.

Old fisherman's Wharf:
A visit to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula just isn't complete without a rendezvous with Old Fisherman's Wharf - a myriad of great restaurants, seafood, unique shops, whale watching, fishing, and bay cruises, theatre and the sights and sounds of Monterey's past.

Pacific Grove

Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean and Del Monte Forest, Pacific Grove offers breathtaking views and recreational activities.

City of Pacific Grove:
The town had its beginning in 1875, as a summer Methodist camp; where several hundred people assembled to worship amidst rough tents. In time, the fragrant pines and fresh sea air brought others to the Pacific Grove Retreat to rest and meditate.

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce:
Includes a local business directory.


City of Salinas:
Known as the 'Salad Bowl of the World', Salinas is located on the Central California Coast and, as a city, blends yesterday's charm with today's modern conveniences.

National Steinbeck Center:
Discover Steinbeck's works and philosophy through interactive, multisensory exhibits, priceless artefacts, entertaining displays, educational programs and research archives. Located at One Main Street, in Salinas.

Sand City

City of Sand City:
Sand City, incorporated in 1960, is located on the Monterey Peninsula; between Marina to the north, Monterey to the south and Seaside to the east.


City of Seaside:
An ocean-side community that overlooks the beautiful Monterey Bay, on the Central Coast of California; approximately 115 miles south of San Francisco.

Seaside and Sand City Chamber of Commerce:
The Seaside/Sand City Chamber of Commerce is the only two city Chamber of the Monterey Peninsula.


City of Soledad:
Located in the central Salinas Valley of Monterey County, the City of Soledad is approximately 130 miles south of San Francisco, 40 miles southeast of the Monterey Peninsula, 25 miles south of Salinas and 25 miles north of King City.

From Soledad, visitors can easily enjoy and access fine wine tasting, the Pinnacles National Monument, recreational and boating activities at Lake San Antonio and Lake Naciemento, the Arroyo Seco Wilderness Area, the county government center in Salinas, the Monterey Peninsula beaches and tourist attractions and the beautiful coastline of Big Sur.

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Monterey News

Carmel Magazine:
Quarterly lifestyle magazine featuring the notable people and places, arts, food and wine, destinations, styles and events of Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula.

Monterey County Herald:
Daily newspaper with local news, sports, entertainment, weather and classified ads for Monterey County area.

Monterey County Weekly:
Serving Monterey, Salinas, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Moss Landing, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Del Rey Oaks, Castroville, Prunedale and surrounding areas.

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