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Named for the Count of Monte Rey, viceroy of Mexico, by the Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino around 1600, the area was first settled in 1770 with the arrival of a Spanish governor and a Franciscan priest.

The Monterey Peninsula has many opportunities for recreation and offers ample transportation for tourists. The sardine industry, the reason for the development of Monterey's Cannery Row, has disappeared and tourism has replaced fishing as the major source of economic activity in the area. The principal communities on the peninsula include Carmel, Monterey, Seaside and Pacific Grove.

Location: Monterey Peninsula Chamber, 380 Alvarado St, Monterey California 93940 Telephone 831-649-1770 Toll Free: 800-555-WAVE

(Santa Cruz) Antonelli Brothers Begonia Gardens
(Gilroy) Bonfante Gardens Theme Park
(Capitola) Capitola Bay Marina
(Carmel) Carmel Mission
(Gilroy) Coyote Lake
(Davenport) Davenport Beach


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09/25 Coming to The Monterey area
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
Bach Festival Carmel CA July13-27 Multiple performances of works by Bach.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.
Festival Mosaic San Lui Obispo CA July16-28 Five centuries of music on the central California coast.
Gilroy Garlic Festival Gilroy CA July26-28 The internationally acclaimed Great Garlic Cook-off, the signature event of the Gilroy Garlic Festival has increased the top prize in the July 27th competition to $5,000.