Monterey Peninsula houses not only the main three cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel-by-the-Sea, but a few other cities, as well. All of the cities that build up the Monterey Peninsula are vibrant in their arts and entertainment, diverse in their culture, and absolutely beautiful with the surrounding nature. The neighborhoods of Monterey Peninsula are as follows:


Carmel began as a mission settlement city, and has since grown into a city full of art and culture. Carmel is a very popular tourist destination because of its beaches, art galleries, loving residents, and delicious restaurants.


One of the most noteworthy pieces of the city of Marina is the Marina Dunes State Park, which has beaches and beautiful sand dunes. Marina is a less expensive, less populated version of Monterey, with just as much beauty and heart as its neighbor.


Monterey is one of the oldest and most important cities in California due to its role in the history of the state. Monterey boasts awesome hiking trails, music and art festivals, and is also considered the “language capital of the world” because of the Defense Language Institute.


Pacific Grove
Smaller than Monterey, though right next to it, is Pacific Grove. Pacific Grove has the Point Pinos Lighthouse, which is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the country. The city is also known as “Butterfly Town, USA” because it is a known area for Monarch Butterflies to flock in the winter.


Seaside began as a part of Monterey, but is now considered its own city. The city is known as a military town because in 1917, the United States Army established Fort Ord within the area.