Monterey, CA Meeting Planning Overview
Welcome to Cvent’s Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Monterey, a city that provides the perfect setting for your most memorable meeting yet. Imagine a destination that invigorates and inspires your attendees inside and outside of the meeting space - a location that is unmatched in terms of nature's design with a vast array of unique places and extraordinary spaces to create life and business enriching moments. Let Monterey be the starting point for your attendees to experience the wonders of Monterey County with world-renown attractions just minutes away: the redwoods of Big Sur, the iconic courses at Pebble Beach, boutique shopping in Carmel-by-the-Sea, wine tasting in Carmel Valley, farm-to-fork meals in Salinas Valley and so much more.
All year long, there are events and special activities for visitors to enjoy. Festivals abound and any day of the week can include wine tasting, adventure tours, horseback riding on the beach, hikes in the redwoods, new culinary experiences – the list is as endless as the destination’s beauty. To help with your tough choices and practical needs, the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau team also offers the latest news and knowledge of the area and facility updates to save you research time and will help create a customized, extraordinary experience for your attendees.
Getting to Monterey is easy: Monterey is 119 miles south of San Francisco, 73 miles south of San Jose and 318 miles north of Los Angeles. Located just four miles west of downtown Monterey, the Monterey Regional Airport provides regular service to and from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. The Monterey-Salinas Transit bus system, which runs throughout a 280-square-mile service area, providing direct access to the Monterey Regional Airport and Monterey Conference Center.
About Monterey, CA / Additional Info
Monterey is quintessentially California - bursting with natural beauty and a temperate year-round climate. As the first capital of Alta California, it is also known for its commitment to the preservation of history, culture and the natural environment. The city has a robust and significant history of visitors from around the world since the 1700s. Today, restaurants, boutiques and attractions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium have helped Monterey continue as a favorite international tourist destination.
On Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, buildings that were former canneries now house shops, restaurants, entertainment and the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium. There you can get nose-to-whiskered-nose with Monterey Bay’s mascot, the spirited sea otter. Tilt your head back and watch, wide-eyed, as sardines race around the oval ceiling exhibit. Catch daily feedings in the Kelp Forest and Open Sea exhibits and watch fish, jellyfish and skilled predators—like tuna and sharks—speeding toward lunch. And don’t forget the Splash Zone…it may be designed for kids, but, hey, play keeps everyone young!
Continue along the recreation trail to Fisherman’s Wharf and dip your spoon into a delicious free sample of clam chowder. Pick up souvenirs and gifts such as salt-water taffy and jewelry. This is also where you’ll launch from when you book a boat tour, whale watching cruise or fishing trip. Near the commercial pier and Del Monte Beach is The Wharf Marketplace, where you can taste the season’s freshest foods unique to the Monterey Bay area. Visit nearby Custom House Plaza, Museum of Monterey, historic adobes and Old Downtown Monterey. The Coast Guard pier next to San Carlos Beach is a mecca for SCUBA divers. Those of the non-diving persuasion also find plenty to see, taste and do, such as ambling out on the pier to take a closer look at the sea lions.
A night out on the town can cap off the perfect day. The heart of Monterey’s nightlife can be found on lively Alvarado Street and Cannery Row, where 13 walkable city blocks play host to more than 20 bars featuring live music, DJs, dancing and Karaoke.
Whether it’s the Monterey Museum of Art or one of our other fascinating museums, a whale watching excursion or a self-guided kayaking exploration of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Monterey’s activities can keep you busy from the moment you get up in the morning until you rest your head at night.