Welcome to Monterey

The Monterey Peninsula has long been a favorite destination for privacy-seeking writers, affluent visitors, and celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, who served as Mayor of Carmel in 1986. Located on the Pacific coast with its northwestern section shaping the southern portion of Monterey Bay, the area is beloved for its dramatic coastline, which includes “Big Sur” and the scenic drive along the Monterey Peninsula. Since the southern coast and inland mountain region is mostly inhabitable, most residents reside near Salinas Valley and the northern coast.

Educational opportunities range from 25 different K-12 school districts, six private schools and higher learning at University of California at Santa Cruz, California State University, Monterey Bay, Monterey Peninsula College, and Hartnell College in Salinas among others.

Living in Monterey

Those who like a variety of things to do will love attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Pebble Beach’s eight championship golf courses, and the natural beauty of any of the county’s 13 pristine beaches.Monterey is located approximately 114 miles from San Francisco. Monterey, Big Sur, Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Pacific Grove are among the most desirable cities to live within Monterey County.

Fun Facts

  • Monterey was home to many of California’s “firsts,” including the first theatre, first brick house, first public library, first printing press, and first newspaper.
  • Monterey was claimed for the United States in 1846.
  • Authors John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, and Robert Louis Stevenson all lived in and around Monterey.

The cities, towns, and neighborhoods that make up Monterey include:

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