Monterey is located on Monterey Bay along the Pacific coast in central California. Besides its historically famed fishery, the city is most commonly known for having been the setting for many of John Steinbeck's novels, including Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat.
Monterey is one of the most beautiful coastal cities of California and can make for a great two-day trip for those visiting San Francisco. An old Mission, historic literature, a beautiful coastline and lots of wildlife await you, without too many tourists. The city is famed for its abundant sea habitat, including kelp seaweed forests, sea otters and sea lions. The large diversity of sea life draws thousands of scuba divers each year to Monterey, which is considered one of the best regions for the sport in California.
Monterey houses one of the largest aquariums in North America, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and hosts several important marine science laboratories. Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and are also located in the area. It is from Monterey that the semi-hard cheese known as Monterey Jack originated.