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A little about Monterey

Monterey offers iconic California experiences. Experience the top road trip in the United States as you wind along the breathtaking Big Sur coastline on Highway One. Book a Monterey hotel on the beach, then explore the shops and attractions of iconic Cannery Row. Sip handcrafted wines at tucked-away tasting rooms where the winemaker might just be the person pouring. Take a surfing lesson and catch a glimpse of a barefoot beach wedding as you ride your board to shore. Play 18 holes at legendary golf courses, or just hang out at the 19th hole and watch the pros practice. Monterey County has something special for everyone.

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The history of Monterey

In 1602, Spanish maritime explorer Sebastian Vizcaino recorded the name "Bahía de Monterrey", which has evolved into Monterey Bay. Vizcaino landed at the southern end of the bay, and described a great port, suitable for use as an anchorage by southbound Manila galleons. Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, but the civil and religious institutions of Alta California remained much the same until the 1830s, when the secularization of the missions converted most of the mission pasture lands into private land grant ranchos. Monterey was the site of the July 7, 1846, Battle of Monterey during the Mexican-American War. It was on this date that John D. Sloat, Commodore in the United States Navy, raised the U.S. flag over the Monterey Custom House and claimed California for the United States.

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Businesses in Monterey, California

Here is a collection of downtown Monterey, California businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Gasper's Jewelers


The Monterey Peninsula’s Premier Jewelers Since 1989


Chris' Fishing and Whale Watching

Museums / Attractions

Fishing & Whale Watching in Monterey


Laguna Seca Raceway

Museums / Attractions

The world-renowned 2.238-mile racetrack


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Museums / Attractions

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans


Alvarado Fish and Steak House


Local family-owned restaurant


Ambrosia India Bistro


Fresh, authentic Indian cuisine


Cafe Lumiere


As always, fresh, fair and local


Chart House


Spectacular views and extraordinary cuisine.


Paris Bakery


Delicious selections of pastries and breads


Whaling Station Steakhouse


Monterey County's finest selection of USDA Prime beef


Mythic Games Monterey


Gamers of all ages are welcome!


Pepper Palace


The Planet's #1 Hot Shop


Sovino Wine Bar and Merchant


Boutique Wine Shop and Tasting Room


Zucchini's Tricks n' Things


Hobby,Toy,& Game Store


Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill

Winery / Brewery

Brewery and New American restaurant