Home to Cannery Row, the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and thousands of marine animals and plants.

Welcome to Monterey


Founded in 1770 by Spanish Missionaries, Monterey initially served as the first capital of California before it was moved to Sacramento in 1854.  During the 19th and 20th centuries, Monterey evolved into a major center for fishing, agriculture, and tourism.  Today, Monterey is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich history and idealistic weather.  Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Monterey offers stunning views of the ocean and rugged coastline, as well as easy access to world-class beaches and outdoor recreation.  Monterey is also home to historic landmarks such as Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, attracting visitors from all over the world.


The homes in Monterey are a reflection of the city's unique character and charm, with a mix of traditional and modern styles that blend seamlessly with the natural landscape.


One of the most popular architectural styles in Monterey is Spanish Colonial Revival, which is characterized by its red tile roofs, white stucco walls, and wrought-iron details. Many of these homes also feature beautiful courtyards and outdoor living spaces that take advantage of the city's mild climate and breathtaking views.


Another popular style in Monterey is the Monterey Colonial, which is a blend of Spanish, New England, and Victorian architectural styles. These homes typically feature wood shingles, sloping roofs, and decorative details like shutters and balconies.


Many of the homes in Monterey offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean or the Monterey Bay, with some situated on hilltops or cliff sides to take full advantage of the panoramic vistas. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, many of the homes in Monterey are surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscaping, adding to their charm and appeal.


Whether you're a foodie, an outdoor enthusiast or just looking for a relaxing getaway, Monterey has something for everyone.


Here are some fun things to do in Monterey


Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium - The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the top attractions in Monterey and a must-visit destination for families. The aquarium is home to over 35,000 marine animals and plants, including sea otters, sharks, and penguins. Visitors can watch feeding shows, touch tide pool animals, and explore interactive exhibits.


Go on a whale-watching tour - Monterey Bay is known for its abundance of marine life, including whales, dolphins, and sea lions. A whale-watching tour is a great way to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. Several companies offer whale-watching tours in Monterey, including Monterey Bay Whale Watch and Princess Monterey Whale Watching.


Explore Cannery Row - Cannery Row is a historic district in Monterey that has been transformed into a shopping and dining destination. Families can explore the unique shops and restaurants, take a stroll along the waterfront, and learn about the area's history.


Visit the Dennis the Menace Playground - The Dennis the Menace Playground is a favorite among families visiting Monterey. The playground is designed to look like a castle, complete with a moat, drawbridge, and slides. There are also swings, climbing structures, and picnic areas for families to enjoy.  And if you’re hungry, the El Estero Snack Shack is a Monterey staple that has been serving up some of the best burgers and snow cones in town for over 50 years.


Take a scenic drive on 17-Mile Drive - 17-Mile Drive is a scenic drive that takes visitors through some of the most beautiful parts of Monterey, including Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. Families can stop at scenic overlooks, take a walk on the beach, and explore historic landmarks along the way.


Stroll down the Wharf - The Monterey Wharf is a historic pier that dates back to the 1800s. Today, it's a popular spot for fishing, whale watching, and enjoying a meal at one of the many seafood restaurants on the pier. A must-try is the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail at the Old Fisherman’s Grotto and you can never go wrong with some good ole fashioned caramel corn at one of the many candy shops along the pier.


Experience the Rec Trail - The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a 29-mile paved trail that runs from Pacific Grove to Castroville, with the heart of the trail weaving along Monterey’s coastline.  The trail offers stunning views of the ocean and is a great spot for cycling, jogging, or just taking a leisurely stroll.


Overall, Monterey’s unique blend of picturesque beauty, outdoor activities, cuisine, and temperament climate continue to make it one of the most highly desirable places to live and play. 



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