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Salinas is nestled about twelve miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay, approximately 100 miles south of San Francisco and 325 miles north of Los Angeles. It is situated in the heart of Salinas Valley, known as "The Salad Bowl of the World," an area that grows more produce than any other county in the United States. An impressive 80 percent of the nations' lettuce, 60 percent of broccoli and 90 percent of artichokes is grown in the Salinas Valley. The city is home to about 150,000 residents and is the birthplace of writer John Steinbeck. Salinas serves as the county seat for Monterey County and has an appealing blend of yesterday's charms with today's modern conveniences. The year round mild climate is conducive to playing golf and tennis almost any month of the year and other recreational activities include swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The Salinas Community Center hosts symphonies, ballet, concerts and conventions and the newly revitalized downtown is home to the National Steinbeck Center and the John Steinbeck Library. Other attractions include the California Rodeo, the California International Airshow, Steinbeck House and the Steinbeck Festival. Salinas is also just minutes to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, the quaint seaside villages of Carmel-by-the Sea and Pacific Grove, magnificent Big Sur and Pinnacles National Monument.

Surrounding areas: San Juan Bautista, California (13.2 mi), Carmel Valley, California (14.3 mi), Monterey, California (14.3 mi), Pacific Grove, California (15.1 mi), Monterey Bay, California (16.0 mi), Carmel, California (16.2 mi), Carmel-By-The-Sea, California (17.1 mi)

Salinas Vacation Rentals

Salinas Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
America's Best Value Inn1030 Fairview AveSalinas, CA (831) 422-6486
Best Western Inn175 Kern StSalinas, CA (831) 784-0176
Comfort Inn144 Kern StSalinas, CA (831) 758-8850
Courtyard By Marriott - Salinas17725 El Rancho WaySalinas, CA (831) 775-0491
Days Inn1226 De Ln Torre StSalinas, CA (831) 759-9900
Econo Lodge180 S Sanborn RdSalinas, CA (831) 422-5111
El Rey Motel443 W Market StSalinas, CA (831) 422-0497
Good Nite Inn Salinas545 Work StSalinas, CA (831) 757-9667
Holiday Inn Express Salex131 John StSalinas, CA (831) 757-1020
Laurel Inn Motel801 W Laurel DrSalinas, CA (831) 449-2474
Motel 6 #1370140 Kern StSalinas, CA (831) 753-1711
Motel 6 #6391257 Dela Torre BlvdSalinas, CA (831) 757-3077
Motel 61010 Fairview AveSalinas, CA (831) 758-2122
Quality Inn Of Salinas181 Kern StSalinas, CA (831) 770-1400
Ramada Limited109 John StSalinas, CA (831) 424-4801
Residence Inn Heritage Inn Of Salinas17215 El Rancho WaySalinas, CA (831) 775-0410
Travelodge - Salinas808 N Main StSalinas, CA (831) 424-8661
Heritage Marina Days Inn416 Reservation RdMarina, CA7.2 mi.(831) 384-9784
Ramada Inn Marina323 Reservation RdMarina, CA7.6 mi.(831) 883-1800
Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel & Suites Marina189 Seaside CirMarina, CA8.1 mi.(800) 228-7555
Comfort Inn & Suites140 Reservation RdMarina, CA8.2 mi.(831) 883-4000
Motel 6 #1026100 Reservation RdMonterey, CA8.3 mi.(831) 384-1000
Marina Dunes Resort3295 Dunes DrMarina, CA8.5 mi.(877) 944-3863
Quality Inn3280 Dunes DrMarina, CA8.5 mi.(800) 550-0055
Travelodge-marina BCH3290 Dunes DrMarina, CA8.5 mi.(831) 883-0300
Econo Lodge Bay Breeze2049 Fremont BlvdSeaside, CA11.1 mi.(831) 899-7111
Best Western Magic Carpet Lodge1875 Fremont BlvdSeaside, CA11.2 mi.(831) 899-4221
Howard Johnson GXP Inn1893 Fremont BlvdSeaside, CA11.2 mi.(831) 394-8566
Embassy Suites Hotel1441 Cyn Del Rey BlvdSeaside, CA11.8 mi.(831) 393-1115
Holiday Inn Express1400 Del Monte BlvdSeaside, CA12.3 mi.(831) 394-5335
La Quinta Inn2401 Del Monte AveMonterey, CA12.5 mi.(831) 373-7100
Comfort Inn Monterey Airport1200 Olmsted RdMonterey, CA12.6 mi.(831) 372-2945
Best Western Deanza Inn2141 N Fremont StMonterey, CA12.8 mi.(800) 858-8775
Motel 62124 N Fremont StMonterey, CA12.8 mi.(831) 646-8585
Quality Inn2075 Fremont StMonterey, CA12.9 mi.(831) 373-5551
Rodeway Inn Monterey2041 Fremont StMonterey, CA12.9 mi.(831) 373-2911
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay2050 N Fremont StMonterey, CA13.0 mi.(831) 373-3081
Econo Lodge2042 Fremont StMonterey, CA13.0 mi.(831) 372-5851
Monterey Carmel Travelodge At Fairgrounds2030 N Fremont StMonterey, CA13.0 mi.(831) 373-3381
Ramada Limited2058 N Fremont StMonterey, CA13.0 mi.(831) 375-9511
Bed & Breakfast
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA17.1 mi.(831) 625-2585
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA26.3 mi.(831) 462-3376

Salinas 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 62°F 40°F 3.00 in. 55°F
February 64°F 42°F 2.92 in. 56°F
March 65°F 43°F 2.77 in. 56°F
April 67°F 44°F 1.00 in. 57°F
May 68°F 47°F 0.34 in. 58°F
June 70°F 50°F 0.09 in. 60°F
July 71°F 53°F 0.04 in. 62°F
August 72°F 53°F 0.07 in. 63°F
September 74°F 52°F 0.18 in. 63°F
October 73°F 48°F 0.74 in. 61°F
November 67°F 42°F 1.85 in. 58°F
December 62°F 39°F 2.12 in. 57°F

Salinas Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located about 2 miles southeast of Salinas, the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located approximately 12 miles southwest of Salinas in Monterey, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located roughly 20 miles northeast of Salinas in Hollister, California, and finally the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located around 49 miles northwest of Salinas in San Jose, California.

Salinas Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA23.2 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA29.2 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA49.6 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA84.9 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA47.6 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA82.8 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA92.2 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA104.4 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA108.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA 
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA 
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA11.8 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA14.3 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA15.1 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA15.6 mi.
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA16.2 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA17.1 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA17.8 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA17.8 mi.
Bolado Park Golf ClubTres PinosCA20.1 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA22.9 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA22.9 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA22.9 mi.
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA25.2 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA28.9 mi.
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA29.0 mi.
State Parks
Marina State ParkCA8.1 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA10.3 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA13.3 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA20.7 mi. 
Andrew Molera State ParkCA29.2 mi. 
Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkCA31.1 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA31.4 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA32.2 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA36.4 mi. 
John Little State ParkCA39.3 mi. 
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA11.8 mi.(History)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA14.3 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA15.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA26.3 mi.(History)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA28.3 mi.(Technology)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA29.2 mi.(Science)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA41.8 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA47.6 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA47.6 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA47.6 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA47.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA47.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA47.6 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA47.6 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA49.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA49.6 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA14.3 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA47.6 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA84.9 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA86.7 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA86.7 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA98.8 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA102.6 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA103.9 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA104.4 mi.

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