Monterey is a scenic California coastal city of 30,000 year-round residents that grows to more than 70,000 people during the peak visitor season from May through October. The city rises from waters of the pristine Monterey Bay to pine forested hillsides with sweeping bay views.
Monterey also is one of the most historic places in California. Delight in our rich history. Experience the vibrant and varied culture that surrounds us today.
Monterey was founded on June 3, 1770 and incorporated on May 30, 1850. Monterey served as California's first capital and hosted California's first Constitutional Convention in historic Colton Hall, where on October 13, 1849, our original state constitution was signed. In the 1930's and 40's, Monterey became the center of a thriving fishing industry and the sardine capital of the world. Today, a smaller commercial fishing fleet continues to operate from the City's harbor marina at Wharf 2.
Due to its strategic location, Monterey has historically been a key military outpost. While military needs have changed since the Presidio of Monterey was first established, the presence of the
Defense Language Institute, the Naval Postgraduate School and Fleet Numerical continues Monterey's legacy of military tradition.