Welcome to Monterey

Monterey’s history dates back further than that of the colonies - Spanish explorers gave the city its name before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Over the centuries that followed, Monterey collected stories and colors that grew to define the rich community that exists today.

Monterey has become a pilgrimage site for jazz musicians, reggae enthusiasts, petrolheads, marine biologists, divers, and photographers, many of which fall in love and never leave. That diverse mix shapes an easy-going community unlike any other, where you can choose to volunteer in wildlife preservation, participate in art workshops, attend a world-class jazz concert, or take a trip around a world-famous race track. Best of all, that can all be done year-round, with nothing but smiling enthusiasts to greet you everywhere you go.