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Monterey is a waterfront community on the central coast of California with a temperate climate year-round. Kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, whale watching and beach-going are just some of the activities to be enjoyed in and around Monterey. Golf, shopping, and driving the spectacular coastline to Big Sur are a few of the many land-based adventures.

Monterey is home to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, a must-see attraction that delights and educates millions of visitors every year. Step outside the Aquarium and you're on Cannery Row, where John Steinbeck drew inspiration for his novel about life in Monterey during the heyday of the sardine canning industry. Today "the Row" is lined with hotels, shops and restaurants and features fun activities for the entire family.

From Cannery Row, you can walk or ride a rented surrey or segway along the scenic Recreation Trail to Fisherman's Wharf. Along the way, you'll see harbor seals, sea otters and pelicans in natural habitats on the dazzling waterfront of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Monterey is one of the most historic cities in California. Original adobes are found on many street corners. Some are open for tours while others house contemporary businesses. Visitors can wander through Monterey's rich past, from California's first theatre to Colton Hall, where the state's original constitution was written. 

Known for preservation of its history, culture and natural environment, Monterey also is a leader in creating a sustainable community by striking a balance between tourists and residents. 

Exceptional dining experiences and fresh local seafood await our visitors. Hotels, inns, shops and restaurants are located in all the City's business districts. The latest special offers on lodging, dining and entertainment are available through the Monterey County Convention and Visitor's Bureau

For groups, the Monterey Conference Center is the only waterfront conference center in northern California, with 61,000 square feet of ballroom, meeting and exhibit space; and 700 hotel rooms.


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