The coastline, including Big Sur, State Route 1, and the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula, has made the county world-famous. The city of Monterey was the capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule.

The history of Monterey is part of its charm. Throughout the county, the story of Monterey's rich heritage is evident in adobes, gardens, mission bells, and lighthouses. The allure of this historic area continues to enthrall writers, artists, and retreat seekers.


Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. -  John Steinbeck

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