Monterey Peninsula Communities

Welcome to Monterey Peninsula

Scenic area of California’s Central Coast with amenities and entertainment galore.

The Monterey Peninsula is a picturesque area of California’s dramatic central coast, featuring beautiful scenery and an abundance of recreational amenities. Pacific Grove has an original hometown vibe with lots of small-town celebrations. Pebble Beach is a golf haven at the peninsula’s tip with large lots and forests featuring 27 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. Carmel is an original art community with unique shopping, dining, and art galleries. 

The city of Monterey is home to attractions such as the Monterey Aquarium, Monterey Magic & Comedy Club, and historic Cannery Row. The many other activities available on the Monterey Peninsula include whale watching, wine tasting, golfing, scuba diving, surfing, and kayaking. Housing options across the Monterey Peninsula range from cozy coastal cottages to extravagant oceanfront compounds and estates that place masterpiece homes against a breathtaking natural backdrop.

What to Love

  • Stunning coastal scenery
  • World-class golfing
  • Endless entertainment options

Local Lifestyle

The Monterey Peninsula is a place of exceptional natural beauty and first-class amenities. The average temperature of the Monterey Peninsula is 65 degrees, and there are microclimates dotted throughout the area. The peninsula’s famous June Gloom draws visitors from the hotter climates of regions within a few hours’ drive away to cool off from the summer heat. The mild spring and fall weather makes the Monterey Peninsula a perfect destination for weddings, and there are many venues to serve those needs. The Monterey Peninsula is also a world-class destination for golf, with four outstanding courses shared between three Pebble Beach golf resorts.

Places to Go

From the stunning coastline to gorgeous inland valleys, the Monterey Peninsula and the Central Coast area of California surrounding it both offer an endless array of things to see and do. 

Monterey State Beach is one of many sandy stretches fronting the Monterey Bay, where you can enjoy swimming, surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving. Humpback whales can often be spotted off the coastline between March and November, and peak sightings occur in July and August.

Monterey Bay Aquarium displays more than 35,000 animals from over 500 distinct species. The aquarium also has ocean view decks where you can often see whales, sea otters, and other marine animals in their natural habitat. Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at the edge of the famous Cannery Row. This stretch is named for the former sardine canning factories, which now house boutique shops and fine restaurants with open-air patios overlooking the Bay. 

The Old Fisherman’s Wharf is another Monterey waterfront destination for unique shopping and eclectic dining. The Wharf has well over a dozen restaurants, ranging from cozy seafood shacks to authentic Italian trattorias. Monterey Magic & Comedy Club hosts nightly shows at the Wharf featuring supremely talented comedy magicians. 

The downtown areas of Pacific Grove and Carmel offer lots more first-class choices for shopping and dining. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Monterey Peninsula is to cruise along one of its many scenic routes. 17 Mile Drive runs along the peninsula’s coastline from Pacific Grove in the north to Pebble Beach and Carmel in the south.

You can continue your journey down Highway 1 through the spectacular Point Lobos State Natural Preserve to the stunning rugged coastal stretch of Big Sur. With incredible natural beauty sprawling across the shimmering oceanfront, Point Lobos has been called the crown jewel of California’s state park system and the most extraordinary meeting of land and water in the world.

Things to Do

The Monterey Peninsula has a packed year-round calendar of events. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a highlight of the PGA Tour that takes place across three of Pebble Beach’s premier golf courses each February. Laguna Seca Raceway hosts thrilling car and motorcycle races on a 2.2-mile track famed for its downhill corkscrew turn. August’s Monterey Car Week culminates in the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which features one of the world’s most spectacular displays of vintage automobiles. 

The Sea Otter Classic opens the North American cycling season with 10,000 athletes competing across four days of events at Laguna Seca Raceway in spring. California Rodeo Salinas showcases 600 of the United States’ leading cowboys and cowgirls in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 spectators. The Monterey Jazz Festival is the world’s longest-running jazz festival, and almost every major name in jazz music has graced its stages since the inaugural festival in 1958. The Monterey Jazz Festival is one of several major events that take place at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Others include the traditional extravaganza of the Monterey County Fair and July’s Artichoke Festival

There are many more food and wine events on the Monterey Peninsula, including regular farmers’ markets in Old MontereyPacific Grove, and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Pacific Grove is popularly known as America’s Last Hometown, and this quaint community hosts a variety of quintessentially small-town events. Good Old Days Pacific Grove is a huge street fair and festival in May featuring a parade, contests, hundreds of vendors, and five stages of live performances. On the first Saturday of October, the Pacific Grove Butterfly Parade at Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary celebrates the spectacular arrival of thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies.


School districts serving the Monterey Peninsula include the Carmel Unified, Monterey Peninsula Unified, and Pacific Grove Unified school districts. The Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) offers an AA degree and lots of interesting classes for adults.

The Monterey area features a variety of education opportunities:

  • Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) offers an AA degree and lots of interesting classes for adults

  • Hartnell Community College in Salinas

  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) offers a four year degree in many subjects including Dramatic Arts

  • Middle Berry Institute of International Studies

Notable Private Schools include:  

  • Robert Leis Stevenson (RLS) in Pebble Beach

  • Santa Catalina In Monterey

  • Notre Dame in Salinas

  • Palma School Salinas

  • San Carlos Trinity Christian

  • Trinity Monterey Bay Christian

 Military Schools include: 

  • Defense Language Institute (DLI)

  • Naval Post Graduate School (NPS)


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