A window on the bay opens to a beautiful ocean view thanks to this City’s commitment to coastal stewardship. More than 75 percent of the coast is protected as either a park, preserve or open space. At onetime, shoreline industries were the norm, but now the pristine coastline is a beachcomber’s paradise. This green conscious city is a haven for artists of all mediums who live, work and play by the sea.

Every year, the city shows off its artistic side with the West End Celebration, a kaleidoscopic celebration of the arts. The streets come alive with performing, visual and interactive arts, mixed in with exhibits and an all-day music jam.

The Monterey Bay Recreation Trail runs right through town for easy access to activities that surround this small town oasis.

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