Monterey served as the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico, having been established on June 3, 1770. Monterey featured the first theater, public building, public library, publicly-funded school, printing press, and newspaper in California during this time period. Originally, it was California’s only port of entry for all taxed products.
The United States Flag was raised over the Customs House in 1846, during the Mexican–American War (1846–1848). In 1849, Monterey hosted California’s first constitutional convention after Mexico ceded the state to the US at the end of the war.
Since the late 1800s, Monterey and the surrounding area have attracted artists, and many well-known painters and writers have called the area home. There was abundant fishing until the 1950s.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, and the annual Monterey Jazz Festival are among the city’s current attractions.
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Watch aquarists feed penguins or sea otters, or look through a large glass at the Open Sea exhibit to view tuna, sharks, turtles, and other marine creatures feeding. The aquarium focuses on Monterey Bay’s diverse marine life, while special exhibitions provide insight into other topics. The enormous aquarium complex’s architecture was inspired by the former Hovden Cannery.
Best time to visit Monterey
The months of April and May are ideal for visiting Monterey. Spring brings with it nicer weather, less crowds, and food festivals. Summer is the most popular time to visit the Monterey Peninsula, but be aware that even when the sun is shining brightly, the weather in Monterey can still be cool.
Fall is also a nice time to visit, but the chances of rain begin to increase around October. Because of its central California position, Monterey experiences mild winter temperatures. Winter brings cheaper accommodation pricing as well as the celebrity-studded AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am event in February, making Monterey a year-round attraction.