Destination Overview

Monterey County holds extraordinary moments for everyone. For meeting planners, Monterey County provides a relaxing, un-harried, upscale resort-like ambiance in which your group can feel special without the expensive price tag.

While the area is known for golf and wine, it offers access to a diverse and appealing set of other activities. It is the quintessential Central Coast of California experience - multidimensional and not solely focused on one destination asset. 

By the Numbers

  • 252 lodging facilities with 12,004 guest rooms
  • 700+ restaurants
  • More than 100 art galleries
  • 25 golf courses
  • More than 125 unique vineyards in 9 AVAs, including many wineries that are open to the public
  • 99 miles of shoreline, including the Big Sur coast 
  • 19 State parks
  • 10 Major Museums (Cultural, Art, Natural History and Childrens')

Unique Communities with their own Personalities

Monterey County is made up of 3,371 square miles with a population of over 415,000.  There are 12 towns and multiple other unincorporated areas all with distinct characteristics that you and your delegates will want to experience.


Top Attractions

Did you know... ?

  • The Lone Cypress is trademarked.
  • In 1948, a young woman by the name of Norma Jean was crowned Castroville's first "Artichoke Queen" and later became famed actress Marilyn Monroe. 
  • Neon signs, billboards and hot dog stands are prohibited in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and a permit is required to wear high-heeled shoes.
  • Known as the birthplace of California, Monterey was the first capital under Spanish rule and the location where the Republic of California's constitution was drafted. 
  • Learn more quirky and fun facts here.