About Monterey, California
Monterey is located on the central coast of California in Monterey County. The city was named after the Convent of Monterey, a mission established by Franciscan friars in 1770. Monterey was the site of the first theater, newspaper, public library, and public school in California. Monterey is known for its beautiful coastline, including the iconic 17-Mile Drive, which offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Pebble Beach Golf Links. The city hosts several annual events, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the Monterey International Pop Festival. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, established in 1992, protects the diverse marine ecosystem of the bay, including kelp forests, sea otters, and various species of whales. The city’s Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular destination for fresh seafood and offers whale-watching tours, fishing trips, and various waterfront activities. The Monterey County Fair, held annually in the city, attracts visitors with its carnival rides, live entertainment, and agricultural displays. The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a scenic 18-mile trail that stretches from Castroville to Pacific Grove, offering opportunities for walking, cycling, and enjoying the coastal views. The city has a rich cultural heritage and hosts various art festivals, including the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation’s annual Monterey Jazz Festival and the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns. As of the 2024 census, Monterey has an estimated population of 29,382.