Monterey

Welcome to Monterey

An artistic paradise on the waterfront

The historic city of Monterey, California, is a picturesque seaside area with plenty of gorgeous homes and fun things to do. The area is known for its tremendous natural beauty, with craggy cliffs, cypress trees, and rolling hills.

Monterey was originally inhabited by the Rumsen Ohlone Native American tribe, who successfully hunted and fished in the area. Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1600s, naming the area and establishing it as a maritime port. Franciscan missionaries frequently passed through the area, contributing to historical landmarks that still exist today. By the late 1800s, Monterey was firmly established as a fishing village, and this coastal culture still resonates today.

While Monterey has developed tremendously in recent years, it is still very much a coastal town, with a thriving Fisherman’s Wharf. Many painters, musicians, and writers live in the area, most notably John Steinbeck. Homes tend toward sprawling mansions in the hills, many of them offering incredible ocean views.

What to Love

  • Large artistic and musical scene
  • Stunning natural beauty
  • Historical landmarks
  • Excellent restaurants and shopping

People & Lifestyle

Monterey may be a city, but the overall vibe is similar to that of an artistic coastal town. Tourists flock to the area for its rich history and amazing cultural offerings, such as theater productions, art shows, and musical performances.

Due to its excellent school system and high quality of life, Monterey is a great place to raise a family. Retirees also move to the area to relax amongst the beautiful views and all the cultural opportunities Monterey has to offer.
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Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

With its reputation as a former fishing town, Monterey is known for its stellar seafood restaurants. There are plenty of fine dining and shopping opportunities along Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can meet up with friends.

Browse for unique gifts and items at the Cannery Row Antique Mall, a collection of antique dealers housed in a historic building. Fisherman’s Wharf also offers lots of shops to browse, especially if you’re searching for that perfect gift.

Enjoy seafood with a waterfront view at Old Fisherman’s Grotto Restaurant, or enjoy locally- caught fish at the Fish Hopper. Locals love trying the beers on tap at Dust Bowl Brewery or strolling up and down Fisherman’s Wharf, sampling the eclectic assembly of restaurants.
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Things to Do

Monterey is a bustling city full of plenty of fun activities and events. From historic downtown sights to exciting annual events, there’s always something going on for residents to enjoy.

The Monterey Jazz Festival has been held every year since 1958 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, an excellent place to listen to live music in style. There’s also Monterey Car Week, perfect for classic car enthusiasts.

Visit the stunning Monterey Bay Aquarium, or spend time at the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf, a historic former fish market that currently houses fabulous restaurants and shops. Located nearby is the Laguna Seca Raceway, home to exciting sports car races and the perfect camping destination!

Schools

Monterey students attend schools within the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. Local private school opportunities include:
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  • Santa Catalina School, co-ed PK-8, girls 9-12, Roman Catholic
  • Trinity Christian High School, 9-12, non-denominational Christian

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