Mar 05

The Presidio of Monterey was founded on June 3, 1770, by Fray Junípero Serra, Gaspar de Portolá, Fray Juan Crespi, Lt. Pedro Fages, six Catalonian Volunteers, four cuera soldiers, and men from the ship San Antonio. On June 4, 1770, Costanso surveyed a level spot directly in front of the ship and perhaps two gunshots from the beach near an inlet which communicated with the bay at high water. Work apparently began immediately, but the temporary church was only partially completed when it was blessed on June 14. Culleton describes how, for the feast of Corpus Christi, the square marked off for the presidio was swept clean and an altar set up for High Mass and the traditional procession.

The original presidio was a stockade made of earth and pine logs. Portolá and Costansó did not stay to see the design completed. they returned to Mexico on the San Antonio on July 9, 1770. By that time the preliminary wooden palisade was probably completed enclosing the plaza. Buildings included a church, warehouse, quarters for soldiers and priests, and a powder magazine. The walls of these buildings were poles driven closely together into the ground. Work on the more permanent adobe walls probably began immediately. By the middle of November 1770 the square was enclosed so well that Fages was no longer worried about the safety of the inhabitants. At the presidio, building operations were probably conducted for most of the winter and spring, as on June 20, 1771 a communication from Fages to the viceroy implies that everything was complete except for the new church, which was to replace the original brush structure. Know deeply about the Presidio of Monterey.

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18th Century

In spite of the deterioration and need for constant repair, the presidio remained the center of Monterey for a number of years after 1800, and virtually the entire population of Monterey lived within the walls. Even though the outer walls were continually expanded -reaching some 200 yards on a side, living conditions were damp, crowded and unsanitary. Monterey was an outpost, not a town. It was not self-sufficient, as was the mission at Carmel, but still relied on supply ships from Mexico. The Hidalgo Revolt and the subsequent disorders (1810-1817) curtailed those supply ships, and increasingly the mission had to support the civil and military personnel. British, American, Russian, Peruvian, and other merchant ships brought supplies on an irregular basis, as most such trade was considered illegal. A visitor in 1814-1815 notes the population at about 400. From 1810 to 1820 the Monterey garrison, never too well paid at best, received no pay at all. Within a period of fifty years Portola’s royal fortress had become a forgotten outpost of a crumbling Spanish empire. It was during this period (1818) that the presidio and fledgling town were sacked by Hipólito Bouchard, the Argentine privateer.

Beginning somewhat before 1820, a few families, led by Corporal Manuel Boronda, took up residence outside the presidio walls. A few people had lived in outlying ranchos as early as the 1790s, but these do not seem to have been permanent residences. Teresa Russell notes that the Borondas were the first people to build a home outside the walls of the presidio. There had been other grants bestowed in the Carmel Valley, but none of the grantees had chosen to occupy their land. Their adobe was one room. They had an outdoor kitchen called a ‘ramada.’ They wore fine clothes in homemade surroundings.” In 1814, a number of non-Spanish immigrants began to settle in Monterey. But the town grew slowly. A watercolor by William Smyth during the winter of 1826-1827 shows a small number of scattered adobes without any formal property lines, fences, or streets. But by the early 1840s the pattern of the town was laid out and the presidio ceased to be the center of activity. After the American occupation the old presidio was abandoned and a new facility was built near the site of El Castillo, on the hill overlooking the harbor.

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Feb 19

Pebble Beach

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Pebble Beach Golf Course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, opening on February 22, 1919. The original layout has changed very little over the years. Prior to the 1992 U.S. Open, Jack Nicklaus made some alterations, including rebuilding the 4th, 5th and 7th greens. The most recent change occurred in 1998 when Jack Nicklaus designed a replacement for the par 3, 5th, which is now positioned along the cliff above the beach at Stillwater Cove. It is number 1 public course in America by Golf Digest Magazine. It is also number 1 among the Top 100 Courses You Can Play in the U.S. by Golf Magazine. Pebble Beach Golf Links is arguably the greatest course in the world. With the amazing combination of unmatched coastal beauty, remarkable architecture and legendary golf history, it is hard to disagree. It is now featuring nine holes directly on the bluffs overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. Pebble Beach is one of the greatest meetings of land and sea ever created by Mother Nature. Holes #8, #9, and #10 are positioned on cliffs overlooking Carmel Bay and are considered the most difficult stretch of holes on the course. Course management is imperative to playing well at Pebble Beach Golf Links. With narrow fairways and well-protected postage-stamp greens, golfers experience a wonderful challenge throughout the round.

Pebble Beach has played host to a number of world-class tournaments over the years as well as co-hosting the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am with Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shores Course and Spyglass Hill Golf Course. A total of 11 USGA championships have been contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links, five of which where U.S. Open championships held in 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010. Pebble is also scheduled to host its sixth U.S. Open in June of 2019.

Monterey Jazz Festival

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The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running Jazz festival in the world. It is held annually on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey Fairgrounds located at 2000 Fairgrounds Road in Monterey, California. More than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend on 8 stages spread throughout the grounds. Outdoor stages include the Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage, the Garden Stage and the Courtyard Stage. Indoor stages include the Night Club/Bill Berry Stage, Dizzy’s Den, the Jazz Theater and the Coffee House Gallery. True to its founding principles, each year the Monterey Jazz Festival continues to focus on the festival side as well as presenting an array of clinics, conversations, exhibitions, shopping, food, fun and festivities. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception. In 1956 Jimmy Lyons, and his co-founder and colleague Ralph Gleason, wanted to create an alternative to East Coast festivals, “a sylvan setting with the best Jazz people in the whole world” to be held in the tranquil seaside setting of Monterey California. The first Monterey Jazz Festival lived up to that billing hosting such legends as Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan and Billie Holiday. Know more about Monterey Jazz Festival.

Since 1958, through its comprehensive Jazz Education Programs, the Monterey Jazz Festival has helped to perpetuate Jazz and educate people about America’s music. The Monterey Jazz Festival invests $500,000 a year to support year-round education endeavors helping to meet the musical needs of thousands of students at the local, state and national levels.

Among the 2014 featured artists were Herbie Hancock, Billy Childs, Charles Lloyd, Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, Michael Feinstein, Jason Moran, Marcus Miller, Gerald Clayton, Russell Malone, Harold Mabern, Harry Allen, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gary Clark Jr., Booker T. Jones, Sassy, Salty & Sweet, Davina & The Vagabonds, Brian Blade, Pete Escovedo, The Roots, Shawn Colvin, Lisa Fischer, Becca Stevens, Quartet San Francisco, Aaron Diehl, Jon Batiste, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Eric Harland, Rueben Rogers, Melissa Aldana, Sarah McKenzie, Kendrick Scott, Derrick Hodge, Lionel Loueke, Peter Michael, Juan Escovedo, Donald Brown, Becca Stevens, Lisa Fischer, J. Hanrahan, Brian Gephart, USAF Commanders Jazz Ensemble, Lionel Loueke, Dan Ouellette, Ashley Kahn, Geoffrey Keezer, Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Wayne De La Cruz, Ambrose Akinmusire, Pamela Rose and many more.

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Jan 29

Monterey State Historic Park is a collection of significant historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. There are also many destinations present in Old Monterey, but your visit will be incomplete without seeing this spot. The inside of many historic adobes can only be viewed with a State Park Guide. Tour information and tour tickets may be obtained at Pacific House Museum. It will be the best way and a great way to start your discovery of Monterey. Step into the past on the “Monterey Walking Path of History” and view the site where the Spanish explorers first landed in Monterey and the year was 1602. Here you will check out the one of the nation’s last remaining whalebone sidewalks. Just continue from there itself and walk the same street that is famed author Robert Louis Stevenson who walked in 1879.

Explore this two-mile path and discover some of California’s most historic homes. Also, here are the buildings and beautiful gardens along the way. Monterey was the city that served as California’s capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. military rule. It was the day on July 7, 1846 when the U.S. flag was first officially raised in California here. That brings 600,000 square miles of land to the United States. Monterey’s Path of History can be entered at any point. Just you need to follow the yellow-tiled markers and discover Monterey State Historic Park. The Monterey state historic park is an area that preserves and interprets places and objects of statewide historic significance. The 55 path of history sites of Monterey consist of twelve buildings, including the Custom House, the oldest government building in California, and several residences. It is called as house museums now where you can enjoy the guided tours also. These attractions and places are all part of Monterey’s 55 Path of History sites. Check out more details on park and recreational center in Monterey, CA.

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The weather of Monterey can be changeable you have to ready for it. Keep the layered clothing which is advised.


The location of Monterey State historic park is at 20 Custom House Plaza, in Monterey.  Monterey, CA.

Driving Directions to Monterey State Historic Park

From the North Direction

If you want to come from San Francisco, San Jose, Gilroy, Marina and other cities from the north than take the Pacific Grove or Del Monte Avenue exit off of Highway 1. There are two other Del Monte exits prior to this one that are incorrect. So, without any confusion follow Del Monte for approximately one and a half miles. Now turn right into the Fisherman’s Wharf, Historic Park parking lot. If you end up going through the tunnel than continue on until you can legally turn around. Then return to this parking lot turning left this time. Watch for the signs present there.

From the South Direction

If you are planning to come from south from Big Sur and Carmel than take the Munras Street exit off of Highway 1. Now continue to down Munras which eventually becomes Abrego Street. Now continue on Abrego which eventually becomes Washington Street. After crossing Abrego Street, follow the Washington Street until it ends at the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot. This entire journey is less than two miles in length. Make a plan according to your direction.

From the East Direction

If you are coming to East from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Fresno, Sacramento, Los Banos, Hollister and other cities than the best option is to take Highway 68 to Highway 1. Don’t forget because at this major intersection move into the left lane as this will take you toward Monterey. Don’t take right because right-hand lane goes to Seaside or Santa Cruz. Now after taking left, take the Fremont Street exit and follow to the third signal. Now turn right onto Abrego Street which shortly becomes Washington Street. Follow Washington Street until it ends in the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot. This entire journey is less than two miles in length. This is all about the direction, just make a plan to this destination and explore the history of Monterey.

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Dec 27

Monterey is situated at the southern end of the Monterey Bay. The city lies in the historic and picturesque Monterey County. The major industry of the County and the city is tourism. Monterey attractions include the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and many more.

Scenic and Natural Getaways

Whole Monterey County is located on the Pacific Coast which includes both coastline includes both sandy and rocky beaches. The beaches consist of many high cliffs which gives you an expansive view of the ocean. There are lots of activities happening in the beach area as known for a different activity. The beaches are actually famous for different things like if you are lover of diving then must visit McAbee Beach for diving, Carmel River State Beach for bird watching and Moss Landing State Beach for swells and waves that daily tempt surfers. The majority of these attractions are controlled by state and federal park officials. Their main aim is to protect the area’s landscapes. One of area’s most fascinating beaches is located off of Highway 1 at Jade Cove. Like its name suggests, the region is full of jade, which you can mine following Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary regulations. There are top class attractions which should know by everyone.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey bay Aquarium is ranked one of the top family attractions in the country. You can’t imagine Monterey’s aquarium draws nearly two million visitors a year. One of the world’s best and largest exhibit aquariums, it’s home to more than 350,000 marine animals and plants, and about 550 species. The Aquarium is consisting of three stories in which 335,000-gallon tank with clear acrylic walls. These fully loaded building is offering stunning views of leopard sharks, sardines, anchovies, and other creatures swimming through a towering kelp forest. The 1.2-million-gallon Outer Bay tank houses open-ocean life, including yellowfin tuna, large green sea turtles, barracuda, sharks, giant ocean sunfish, and schools of bonito. The Giant Octopus exhibit is also amazing. Splash Zone (designed for kids up to 9) runs daily programs and displays of black-footed penguins, invertebrates, and other inhabitants of coral reefs and the cooler waters of Northern California.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 300x187 Monterey Attractions – Redefine the excursion

Historic Sites

As California’s first capital, Monterey is the site of many California firsts, such as the state’s first theater and first brick house, both of which can be seen on the “Path of History” tour located near downtown Monterey. Visitors can follow yellow markers along the street for a self-guided tour. In 1977 the National Steinbeck Center was created in honor of Nobel prize–winning writer John Steinbeck. The center is located in Salinas, Steinbeck’s birthplace, and is open Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center features seven theaters showcasing films based on Steinbeck’s most famous novels as well as interactive, multisensory exhibits about the history and agriculture of the area. Eccentric Carmel poet, Robinson Jeffers, left behind a legacy in his home, Tor House. Visitors may take tours through the house, which is full of artifacts from around the world, such as stones from the Great Pyramids, or climb up Celtic-style Hawk Tower, which in the backyard. As of February 2010, tours run every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Alternative Destinations

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of many places where wildlife-lovers can get their fix. Also, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve teems with sea lions and otters, and from December to May, migrating gray whales. Tourists often overlook Monterey’s downtown area, in favor of Cannery Row, which is only a few miles away. Located primarily on Alvarado Street, the downtown area is home to many British-themed pubs and restaurants, such as the Crown and Anchor or the Mucky Duck, which features an outdoor dancing area. Rather than pay to drive the famous 17-mile Drive, make a journey down Pacific Grove’s Ocean View Boulevard. The route, which eventually turns into Sunset Drive, follows the rocky coastline, providing breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Dec 04

Monterey is beautifully situated on Monterey Bay. What many people don’t know is that it was the capital of Spanish California. Historically, Monterey was an important city in the fish canning industry but that collapsed with the disappearance of the sardine. Today tourism is the main focus and there are many tourist attractions in Monterey.

1. Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium occupies the site of the old Hovden Cannery, one of the largest of the eighteen in Cannery Row. The architecture of the elaborate aquarium complex was adapted from the former factory which stood here from 1916 to 1980. The aquarium stands right on the edge of the rocky bay and focuses on the rich marine life of Monterey Bay.

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2. 17 Mile Drive

Only a few miles from Monterey, on the south side of the Monterey peninsula, lies Carmel. The many charms of the countryside make it worthwhile going the long way round, on the “17 Mile Drive”. This drive begins at Pacific Grove Gate and then goes along the Pacific coast. Part of the way runs through the Del Monte Forest, where there are a number of large villas. The forest is impressive with a rich abundance of cypress trees and the Monterey pines. You will also drive past picturesque beaches, isolated cliffs, the famous “Lone Cypress”, the Pebble Beach Golf Course and the “Lodge at Pebble Beach” Hotel. Cypress Lookout offers a particularly beautiful view north and south along the Pacific coast.

3. Cannery Row

Cannery Row is a waterfront street that originally served as a fish packing area and now operates as a tourist attraction, with shops and restaurants, as well as a beach of golden sand. Cannery Row has evolved over the years from its sketchy origins of warehouses, bordellos and low budget hotels. Today visitors will find a relatively upmarket row of chain shops, some boutiques, plenty of restaurants and a great place for a stroll. A visit to Cannery Row can easily be combined with a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf.

4. Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park is located in Old Monterey, which was once the capital of California. The park consists of historic homes and buildings. Attractions are linked by following yellow tiles in the sidewalks. Many of the buildings date from the early 19th Century. This area is not overly large, the main street is 2 miles long. One unique attraction is a rare whalebone sidewalk. In addition to the stately homes and buildings, the flower gardens are what many visitors remember the most. The gardens range from stunning rose gardens, to cypress hedges and an educational herb garden. The Custom House Garden is noted for its fine view out to Monterey Harbor.

5. Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel

South of Carmel is a beautiful stretch of coastline that is encompassed by Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. The reserve is a natural area of dramatic granite cliffs, unusual rock formations created by the erosion, headlands, caves, and rock-enclosed ponds which continually re-form. Waves crash on the rocks while tidal pools reveal some small marine life.

6. Monterey Museum of Art

The Monterey Museum of Art has a large focus on California art and artists. There are two separate locations which comprise the Museum of Art. The Pacific Street location, simply called the Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street, is a rather austere looking building featuring eight galleries. Here you will find early American and California collections, including paintings, photography and contemporary art.

7. Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio in Carmel

Because of its architecture and its location on Monterey Bay, the Carmel Mission, as it is generally known, is one of the most beautiful of the mission stations. When it was founded it formed the northernmost point of Spanish dominance. From 1934 onwards the Moorish style mission and the church, built in 1797, were restored in their old form.

8. Dennis the Menace Park

Based upon the comic book character, The Dennis the Menace Playground offers slides, a maze, a railroad switch engine and a lion-shaped drinking fountain for children.

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Nov 06

There are so many Monterey Attractions in Monterey County that why it is very tough to choose. Below are the lists of top attractions around Monterey:

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is in downtown Monterey. It is in “must-do” list of every visitor to the area because of its restaurants, shops and great views of the ocean. The dock is most popular destination on the trail where everyone go n visit once due to its location, scenery and historical displays, including several generations of fishing craft. This is a great place to take in the sights and sounds and smells of Monterey. You can usually watch the working trawlers unloading the catch of the day – just look for all of the seagulls hoping for a handout to know who’s had a successful day on the Bay. Stroll down the wharf with a cup of hot clam chowder, or stop by one of several restaurants featuring fresh Monterey Bay seafood. You can also take pictures of sea lions and others frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters or if you can also try out more adventurous thing, just take to the waters with a glass bottom boat tour, deep-sea fishing trip or whale watching tour in season.

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is one of the most attractive sights to view and enjoy with one of the most scenic drives in the world. Here you can visit championship golf courses, gourmet restaurants, a top-rated spa, top-flight shopping and more. It consists of 17 miles drive where visitors enjoy the best scenic view in the world. Department of Transportation’s National Scenic Byways Program has declared it as an All-American Road by the U.S.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Discover sea life in Monterey’s bay without leaving dry land at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It is totally dedicated to marine research and conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is very well known in the world for its interactive exhibits and ability to present marine life. Forbes Traveler list Monterey Bay Aquarium as a one of most America’s most captivating aquariums.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984, located on the site of a former sardine cannery on cannery row which is a public aquarium in Monterey, California, United States. The total attendance of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is 1.8 million visitors every year.

The height of the centerpiece is 28 foot high and water of 333,000-US-gallon tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this Aquarium, It was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp. There are several levels in the building where visitors can inspect the creatures of the kelp forest. It is one of the few aquariums to hold the ocean sunfish in captivity.
The Aquarium includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is few of the aquariums in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin together. There is kreisel tank which creates a circular flow to support the jellies for displaying jellyfish.

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Monterey Attractions

Regional, State and Federal Parks

Monterey County is having many and many of acres of parks range which start from the mini-Yosemite to the grim beauty of Pinnacles National Park in between. If you want to walk or ride your bike on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail then it is the best scenic trail which is having 18 miles along the coast and also connects with many of the coastal parks. There are more than 30 parks in Monterey County like Go hang gliding, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, surfing, birding, diving and more.


There are over 13 beaches in the whole county whether you want to look for the typical sandy beach then check out California surfing beach, also there is outstanding cliffs with spectacular views of the ocean, Dive, surf, sail, kayak or watch wildlife.

Special Events

Monterey County’s calendar is full of event which is widely acclaimed to attract visitors from around the world. There is Monterey Jazz Festival happens every year in September for the music lovers who returns annually. Also there is one more festival for music lovers happens in July that is Carmel Bach Festival. There are also many events for automobile lovers, every year in August, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance happens and other events of Monterey Auto Week.

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Sep 10

coast%20trail%20to%20south%20asbsections Exploring Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, Monterey Asilomar State Beach is a state park in California and is a State Beach spread out over 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land area in Pacific Grove which describes the breathtaking views of forest, surf, sand and scenic forest and sand dunes. It is one of Monterey’s prettiest beaches, with a curving line and sloping sand that create lots of breaking waves.

As its name Asilomar means “a refuge by the sea” and is also now count a National Historic Landmark providing public access to rocky coast and dune habitat on the Monterey Peninsula. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, this coastal community offers breathtaking view and recreational activities.

The beach is a one-mile strip of sandy beach, narrow and rocky coves. It is also a popular and stunning  spot for nature walks, surfing, kayaking, kite flying, and romantic sunset strolls along the shore. It packs more beautiful views and natural diversity into a mile long path as most of the beaches have in ten or more miles. It is an easily accessible beach, and also features wheelchairs to disable people to enjoy the coastal experience as well.  Visitors can spend their leisure time bird watching, strolling along the beach, bicycling, swimming in the heated pool, or playing a game of billiards, ping pong or volleyball.

A beautiful coastal area, Asilomar State Beach stretches between Point Pinos and the Del Monte Forest. Features with dunes, tidal pools, and pocket-size beaches form one of the region’s richest areas for marine life including surfers, who migrate here most winter mornings.   Visitors have great opportunities for sightseeing, beach fun, whale watching, and educational tours of the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary. Explore the expanded area by taking a stroll along the scenic coast trail. It is  a boardwalk loop spanning from the coastline, through the dunes, to the Asilomar Conference Grounds. A walking path runs along the clifftops, making a perfect place to enjoy the natural surroundings.

On the beach itself, there’s lots of sand and room to play. The state beach has walking paths that go on and on along the ocean. There is a pedestrian pathway which also goes along the length of the beach. In the north, the pedestrian pathway is dirt, going alongside the rocky crevices of the shore, with the lighthouse on the other side of Sunset drive.  You can drive along the entire length of the beach along Sunset Drive, a two lane paved road, with parking on the road along the Ocean side, and in various dirt-sand inlets along the road. There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.

In the property anyone can find the Asilomar Conference Center or Grounds, which exists from 1913 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.  It is a woodsy wonderland sprinkled with buildings by famed architect Julia Morgan.  It has been owned and operated by State Parks since 1956. Eleven of her original buildings remain, the largest collection of Morgan’s architecture in one location. The grounds, restrooms, restaurant, and gift shop are open to the public. They offering a rare protected glimpse of a dune restoration project.

The Beach is within the boundary of Asilomar Marine Reserve. All marine resources, animals and features are protected. No collecting or fishing is allowed. It was one of 29 marine protected areas, which created a statewide network of marine protected areas along the California coastline. The amazing marine life of the Monterey Peninsula draws thousands of visitors each year to fish, dive, hike, whale watch and kayak.

Across from Asilomar State Beach is the Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve. One of Asilomar’s landmark stiles stands at the gateway to this preserve. A one-forth mile boardwalk meanders through the 25 acres of restored sand dune ecosystem. Discover the native plant greenhouse where more than 450,000 plants, representing 25 species have been grown and planted in the dunes and coastal bluffs. The sand has been shifted and shaped into more natural contours, and an extensive boardwalk has been constructed to give the viewing public a close up look at the revitalized dunes.

Asilomar Coast Trail

Extending for one mile along the state beach, Asilomar Coast Trail is a scenic path connecting pedestrians from the coast across the dunes to the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Along the trail, you’ll find several side paths that fork off to tide pools, private pocket beaches and views of marine life, including seals, sea lions, sea otters, and migrating California gray whales. At the head of the trail a strip of unbroken white beach sand provides easy access to the ocean.

Self Guided Tours

Asilomar Park offers four different self-guided tours that explore the nature and history of the park, including Coast Trail, Forest Walk, Julia Morgan Architecture, and Living Dunes walks to choose from, and plenty of wildlife can be seen along the way. Park rangers provide a variety of cultural and natural history walks. Self-guided walking tours and audio tours are also available at the park store.

Many seagulls, hawks and other birds, with an occasional seal basking on the rocks. Visitors to Asilomar State Beach can also walk the quarter-mile boardwalk at Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve and learn more about the area’s unique ecosystem. It is a reliable and consistent surf spot where surfers can be seen nearly every day.
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Jul 24

The Monterey County Fairgrounds is 22 oak-studded acres located in the city and county of Monterey. It consists of 8 buildings of varying sizes, 2 outdoor music arenas, a horse show arena and 2 outdoor arenas.

The Monterey County Fairgrounds is home to the Annual County Fair, Jazz Festival, California Roots Music & Arts Festival, as it holds wonderful concerts, trade shows and expos. It is spreads out over 30,000 sq. feet space with 4 large banquet rooms, 3 small meeting rooms, 2 outdoor concert venues and plenty of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites which is ideal for all kinds of events and performances. This is a great place to attend the fair, horse shows, home and garden events and many others that they host throughout the year.

Enjoy family entertainment, carnival rides, games, and fun-fair food which gives a chance to celebrate and spend a good time at Monterey County’s unique old history and heritage, and also with the magnificent home art exhibits. Come stay at the Monterey Stagecoach Lodge in Monterey County and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit:

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Jul 17

Monterey State Beach is a protected beach in California which begins next to Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey and runs all the way to Seaside. This popular beach is used for many outdoor activities, including surfing, kayaking, surf fishing and swimming. The underwater area of the park attracts scuba divers.

Visitors also enjoy kite-flying and volleyball. The flat beach is an excellent place for beachcombing. It is also a dog-friendly beach where visitors can bring their dogs and pets for a walk and to play with. Restrooms and showers are available here.

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a paved, 18-mile path that stretches from Castroville to Pacific Grove, connecting all the beaches in-between. The trail is open to walking, jogging, cycling, skating, and similar activities. If you plan to fish at Monterey State Beach, make sure you’re prepared.

Admission: Free
Hours: 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Main Attractions: Swimming, Kayaking, fishing, Surfing, Tide pools, Scuba diving

Stay with us at the Monterey Stage Coach Lodge when you relax in the sun at Monterey State Beach.

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Jul 10

The Larkin House Monterey is a National Historic Landmark built with two-story mud adobe brick during Monterey’s Mexican period by Thomas O. Larkin, a New England Yankee merchant who was highly successful and influential in early California politics.

It is the first two-story house in all of California with a fireplace in Monterey. The design combined Spanish Colonial building methods with New England architectural features and originated the popular Monterey Colonial style of architecture. The Larkin House Monterey is both a National and a California Historical Landmark. The park is open May through September from 9:00am to 5:00pm and October through April from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Tour cost: $5

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