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Monterey is located on the central coast of California, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Situated within what has been described as "the greatest meeting of land and sea," Monterey offers visitors dramatic scenery, pine forests, historical communities, and world-class shopping and dining. Monterey is home to attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, the National Steinbeck Center, the famed 17-Mile Drive and the Monterey Wine Country. The romantic seaside town of Carmel and the stunning Big Sur coastline are just minutes away, so be sure to bring your camera for some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Outdoor activities in the area include scuba diving, swimming, beachcombing, biking, kayaking and golf. (Famous Pebble Beach Golf Course is just a short drive south.) The Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest in the world, features a one-million-gallon tank containing sharks, tuna, ocean sunfish and sea turtles. A three-story kelp forest and a touch tank are just a couple of the many hands-on exhibits at the aquarium. Cannery Row, which began as a rowdy sardine-canning district, is a colorful mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and markets. Neighboring Pacific Grove is home to the West Coast's oldest, continuously operating lighthouse and also the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Monterey has day spas, cultural events and art galleries. Whether you come for the scenery, to golf and play, or shop and relax, Monterey has something of interest for everyone.

Surrounding areas: Pacific Grove, California (1.7 mi), Carmel-By-The-Sea, California (3.5 mi), Pebble Beach, California (3.7 mi), Carmel, California (3.8 mi), Carmel Highlands, California (7.0 mi), Carmel Valley, California (12.6 mi), Monterey Bay, California (13.8 mi)

Monterey Vacation Rentals

Monterey Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americas Best Value Stage Coach Lodge1111 10th StMonterey, CA (831) 373-3632
Bay Park Hotel1425 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 649-1020
Best Value Surf Inn1200 Munras AveMonterey, CA (800) 521-5821
Best Western Deanza Inn2141 N Fremont StMonterey, CA (800) 858-8775
Casa Munras Garden Hotel700 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 375-2411
Comfort Inn Monterey Airport1200 Olmsted RdMonterey, CA (831) 372-2945
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay2050 N Fremont StMonterey, CA (831) 373-3081
Comfort Inn1252 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 372-8088
Econo Lodge2042 Fremont StMonterey, CA (831) 372-5851
Hilton Monterey1000 Aquajito RdMonterey, CA (831) 373-6141
Holiday Inn Express443 Wave StMonterey, CA (831) 372-1800
Hotel Pacific300 Pacific StMonterey, CA (831) 373-5700
Howard Johnson Express Inn1240 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 375-6002
Hyatt Regency MontereyOne Golf Course RdMonterey, CA (831) 372-1234
La Quinta Inn2401 Del Monte AveMonterey, CA (831) 373-7100
Monterey Bay Inn242 Cannery RowMonterey, CA (831) 658-3333
Monterey Bay Lodge55 Camino AquijitoMonterey, CA (800) 558-1900
Monterey Carmel Travelodge At Fairgrounds2030 N Fremont StMonterey, CA (831) 373-3381
Monterey Downtown Travelodge675 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 373-1876
Monterey Marriott350 Calle PrincipalMonterey, CA (831) 649-4234
Monterey Plaza Hotel400 Cannery RowMonterey, CA (831) 646-1700
Motel 6 #1026100 Reservation RdMonterey, CA (831) 384-1000
Motel 62124 N Fremont StMonterey, CA (831) 646-8585
Portola Plaza Hotel2 Portola PlzMonterey, CA (831) 649-4511
Quality Inn1058 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 372-3381
Quality Inn2075 Fremont StMonterey, CA (831) 373-5551
Ramada Limited - Carmel Hill1182 Cass StMonterey, CA (831) 375-2679
Ramada Limited2058 N Fremont StMonterey, CA (831) 375-9511
Rodeway Inn Monterey2041 Fremont StMonterey, CA (831) 373-2911
Sand Dollar Inn755 Abrego StMonterey, CA (831) 372-7551
Spindrift Inn652 Cannery RowMonterey, CA (831) 646-8900
Super 81300 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 373-3203
The Mariposa Inn1386 Munras AveMonterey, CA (831) 649-1414
The Monterey Hotel406 Alvarado StMonterey, CA (831) 375-3184
Victorian Inn487 Foam StMonterey, CA (831) 373-8000
Victorian Inn487 Foam StMonterey, CA (831) 373-8000
Pacific Grove Motel2o4 Grove Acre AvePacific Grove, CA1.7 mi.(831) 372-3218
The Martine Inn255 Oceanview BlvdPacific Grove, CA1.7 mi.(408) 373-3388
Holiday Inn Express1400 Del Monte BlvdSeaside, CA2.0 mi.(831) 394-5335
Embassy Suites Hotel1441 Cyn Del Rey BlvdSeaside, CA2.5 mi.(831) 393-1115
Bed & Breakfast
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA3.5 mi.(831) 625-2585
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA26.1 mi.(831) 462-3376

Monterey Weather & Climate

Mild weather prevails on the Monterey Bay Peninsula year round. It is never too hot or never too cold. Sunny days with cool mornings and cool evenings are normal for the area, except in summer when a blanket of seasonal fog often hugs the coastline blocking out the sun for days. For this reason, summer may seem a few degrees cooler than fall and winter, although in actuality, it is not. On many days, the fog burns off by noontime. The rainy season generally runs November through March with an average annual rainfall of 18.5 inches. The average annual fog days are 183. If you are visiting and the fog rolls in, take a short drive inland to Carmel Valley where it is sunnier and usually a few degrees warmer than right along the Bay and coastline. Cool temperatures make humidity levels of no real consequence in the Monterey Bay area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 59°F 43°F 4.19 in. 55°F
February 61°F 44°F 3.75 in. 56°F
March 61°F 45°F 3.53 in. 56°F
April 64°F 46°F 1.48 in. 57°F
May 64°F 48°F 0.50 in. 58°F
June 66°F 50°F 0.20 in. 60°F
July 68°F 52°F 0.09 in. 62°F
August 69°F 53°F 0.11 in. 63°F
September 71°F 53°F 0.28 in. 63°F
October 69°F 50°F 1.06 in. 61°F
November 64°F 46°F 2.43 in. 58°F
December 59°F 43°F 2.73 in. 57°F

Monterey Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 2 miles southeast of Monterey, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located approximately 16 miles east of Monterey in Salinas, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located roughly 33 miles northeast of Monterey in Hollister, California, the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located around 52 miles north of Monterey in San Jose, California, and finally the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located about 75 miles northwest of Monterey in San Francisco, California.

Monterey Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA26.9 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA33.3 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA52.2 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA85.7 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA51.1 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA95.3 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA95.5 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA118.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA 
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA1.7 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA2.5 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA2.9 mi.
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA3.8 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA14.3 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA16.0 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA23.2 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA23.2 mi.
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA26.4 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA26.7 mi.
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA27.9 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA29.2 mi.
State Parks
Marina State ParkCA8.1 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA9.7 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA16.7 mi. 
Andrew Molera State ParkCA22.4 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA24.4 mi. 
Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkCA25.7 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA27.8 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA30.3 mi. 
John Little State ParkCA37.1 mi. 
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA1.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA2.5 mi.(History)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA26.1 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA26.9 mi.(Science)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA37.0 mi.(Technology)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA43.5 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA51.1 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA51.1 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA51.1 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA51.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA51.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA51.1 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA51.1 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA52.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA52.2 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA 
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA51.1 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA85.7 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA86.2 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA86.2 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA102.8 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA105.8 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA111.1 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA118.1 mi.

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