Monterey Travel Guide

USA  #2 in Best Day Trips from San Francisco
Credit

Courtesy of Pgiam/Getty Images

Best Times to Visit Monterey

The best time to visit Monterey is between April and May. Spring offers warmer temperatures, fewer crowds and food festivals dishing out delectable eats, including Pebble Beach Food & Wine and the Artichoke Festival in Castroville. Summer is the most popular time to visit the Monterey Peninsula, but be forewarned: Although the sun's rays are at their strongest, Monterey can still be chilly. Located right on the ocean, the region experiences bitter winds, so bring a sweater regardless of the season. Fall is another good time to visit, but the likelihood of rain increases starting in October. Monterey's central California location subjects it to mild temperatures during the winter, with the average low reaching 48 degrees. Winter also brings lower hotel prices and the celebrity-heavy AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am event held in February, making Monterey an attractive destination year-round.

Weather in Monterey

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
58
44
60
45
61
45
62
46
63
48
65
50
66
52
68
53
70
53
68
51
63
47
58
44
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
4.41
3.94
3.39
1.5
0.55
0.2
0.04
0.08
0.24
1.06
2.32
3.43
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

April-May

April through June is when the chance of showers starts to drop and temperatures ascend, slowly climbing to the mid-60s. Although there will be fewer crowds at main attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Bay Aquarium than during the summer high season, you might be met with higher room rates and fewer lodging options, due to the annual gastronomy festivals and the increasingly popular three-day California Roots Music and Arts Festival.

Key Events:

June-September

Perpetually chilly Monterey is at its warmest during the summer, with temperatures reaching the high 60s and low 70s. Expect heavier crowds at main attractions and higher room rates for lodging options. This is an especially popular time for car enthusiasts to visit as classic collector automobiles can be seen sharing the motorways and are on display throughout the city.

Key Events:

October-March

Crowds wane come October, bringing cheaper lodging options. Meanwhile, temperatures start their steady decline with averages hovering around the low 60s and high 50s. The coolest temperatures drop to the 40s in the morning and evenings. Despite the undesirable temperatures, some of the city's most popular events are held during these months. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has seen some of the country's top golfers  including Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods  along with famous tournament regulars Bill Murray and Ray Romano. The Carmel International Film Festival has also drawn actors in the past, and considering Clint Eastwood was once the mayor of the neighborhood, you never know who you could run into.

Key Events:

Popular Times to Visit Monterey

Average Tourist Volumes
Average Hotel Prices   Search Hotels
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Ttourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

Find Flight and Hotel Deals

FLIGHTS
HOTELS

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Explore More of Monterey

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019