About Seaside, California
Seaside is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, with a population of 31,426 as of the 2024 census. The city is situated on Monterey Bay, offering beautiful views of the ocean and access to various water activities. Seaside is known for its mild Mediterranean climate, with cool summers and relatively warm winters. The city is home to the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses, which have hosted various professional tournaments and are open to the public. It is known for its rich military history, as it was once the site of Fort Ord, a major U.S. Army post from 1940 to 1994. Fort Ord now serves as a national monument and nature preserve, offering miles of hiking and biking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. The city is known for its annual events, including the Seaside International Jazz Festival and the West End Celebration, a multi-day street party featuring live music, art, and food. Seaside has a thriving arts scene, with numerous galleries, theaters, and performance spaces showcasing local talent. The city is also home to the Monterey County Fairgrounds, which hosts the annual Monterey County Fair and various other events throughout the year. It is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes, including the nearby Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area and the scenic Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Seaside is home to numerous parks and recreational facilities, providing residents and visitors with ample opportunities for outdoor activities like surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and whale watching in the nearby bay.