Area Information



One of the original counties in the state, Monterey County was created in 1850. The city of Monterey was the capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule. Monterey is also known for being the site of the state’s first theater, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press and newspaper. Salinas was laid out in 1867 and incorporated in 1874. The county seat is the hometown of Nobel Prize in Literature laureate John Steinbeck.


The Pacific Ocean greatly influences the weather in the region acting as a “natural air conditioner.” Similar to the Central Coast of California, the climate is classified as mild Mediterranean. Summer high temperatures are typically in the 70s and winter lows average in the 40s. 13 inches of rain each year is also typical.


Monterey County activities include the outdoors, art, music, food and more. The list is seemingly endless, but here are just a few of those options; Garrapata State Park, Pinnacles National Park, Marina State Beach, Fishermen’s Wharf, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Point Pinos Lighthouse. There are also numerous wineries, guided tours, historic attractions, shopping, dining, nightlife and more.

Golfing in Monterey Bay is unmatched with the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Del Monte Golf Course, Poppy Hills and Spyglass Hill among the 55-some courses in the region.

Throughout the year you can experience events like Whalefest, Monterey, Jazz, Bash by the Bay, Monterey Wine Festival, California Rodeo Salinas, California International Airshow and Steinbeck Festival.



Monterey County’s economy is based heavily upon tourism and agriculture featuring major employers including Taylor Farms, Dole Fresh Vegetables Company, Pebble Beach Company and Casa Palmero. Healthcare also employs a significant portion of the workforce at Natividad Medical Center and within the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

Educational needs are met by a number of schools in Monterey County including seven school districts in Salinas, CA. Those looking to continue their education can attend California State University, Monterey Bay, Hartnell Community College and Monterey Peninsula College among many others.

The team at United Country – Monterey Bay/Salinas Valley is here to assist you in finding golf course homes in Monterey, CA, Carmel Valley Real Estate, Monterey County real estate or Carmel-by-the-Sea property. Contact our team and make your lifestyle property dreams a reality.

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