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About the City - Monterey, California

Monterey is a spectacular coastal community in northern California with a temperate climate year-round, the average temperature in June is 59 degrees. Visitors from around the world come to Monterey to experience its natural beauty, cultural resources, and rich historic past. Located 115 miles south of San Francisco and 350 miles north of Los Angeles, Monterey offers a dazzling waterfront, a lush urban forest, a rich array of historic and cultural resources, museums, gardens, and recreational activities.

The rich history of Monterey includes Spanish exploration dating back to 1542, and the establishment of the San Carlos Cathedral by Father Junipero Serra in 1770. It was the site of Alta California’s capital under Spain and later Mexico, and the place where California statehood began in 1849. Monterey was once the center for an industrial sardine-packing operation immortalized by John Steinbeck, Cannery Row. In 1948 the industry fell victim to overfishing, the fishermen left, and canneries closed. Cannery Row is now home to restaurants, shops, and the world class Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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