About Monterey

Monterey Bay at Sunset

Monterey, CA is located on the central coast of California just 2 hours south of San Francisco near the southern tip of Monterey Bay. Monterey is bordered by Pacific Grove to the northwest, Pebble Beach to the west, Carmel-by-the-Sea to the south and Seaside, CA to the East. This page of LiveMontereyPeninsula.com and all of the links associated with it are focused on the City of Monterey, CA 93940.

Monterey is known as a quick get away from the Silicon Valley and the San Joaquin Valley, especially in the summer months when the temperatures inland get close to 100 degrees. The deep Monterey Bay Canyon keeps the dark blue water of Monterey Bay nice and cold and in turn keeps the temperatures in Monterey moderate.

Monterey Things To Do

There are hundreds of activities to take advantage of while visiting Monterey, CA including, delicious Monterey restaurants, world-class golf courses, surfing, sailing, whale watching, sport fishing, endless Monterey beaches to walk, horseback riding, tennis, Laguna Seca Raceway (Mazda Raceway), hiking, bird watching, kayaking Monterey Bay, dancing, painting, photography, bicycling, visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, historic Cannery Row, Monterey Wharf, go on the Monterey historical building tour, volunteering, etc…Monterey is an amazing place to visit and an even more amazing place to live!

A Little Monterey History

Monterey Bay and the Monterey was discovered by Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo in 1542 who landed in “La Bahia de los Pinos” (The Bay of the Pines) just 50 years after Columbus “discovered” America. It wasn’t until 1602 that Spanish Explorer Sebastian Viscaino sailed into the bay from the south and named it after his sponsor, the count de Monte Rey.

Mission San Carlos Borromeo in MontereyMonterey has always served as the anchor city to the Monterey Peninsula and was the center of all peninsula growth. It all kind of started with missionary Father Junipero Serra in 1770 when he built the Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo in Monterey   which was also known as the Royal Presidio Chapel. That’s right, it was built in Monterey first, not Carmel! Read more…

Monterey Real Estate

Monterey has an eclectic mixture of real estate with modern-day architecture and historic properties from the 1800’s sometimes coexisting side by side! There are not a lot of places on Monterey Colonial Examplethe planet where this holds true. Monterey even has it’s own style of architecture, the Monterey Colonial, which was born here in Monterey and gained popularity across the state and then the country.

There is an abundance of luxury real estate in Monterey as well including Monterey ocean view real estate, beach homes, Victorian era homes, mid-century modern homes and even condos. If you are looking to purchase real estate in Monterey, be sure to talk to the Monterey Peninsula Home Team.

Monterey Representatives

Monterey is run by the mayor, as well as four city council members, all of whom are elected by the public. Monterey is represented by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, and is also a part of the 29th State Assembly District. On a State Senate level, Monterey is represented as a part of the 15th district. In the United States House of Representatives, Monterey is part of the 17th congressional district.