Best Time to Visit Monterey

Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends the best time to visit Monterey with month by month and season by season information on the city’s weather and climate.

Welcome! You've arrived at the right page if you're planning a journey to Monterey, California and aim to find the best time to visit. Nestled on California's rugged central coast, Monterey boasts a climate that's enticing all year, with a certain charm each season and month. But there's a bit more to it than that!

fishermans-wharf-Monterey.jpgFisherman's Wharf in Monterey

Here's a detailed guide providing a snapshot of Monterey's monthly weather, seasonal variations, hotel prices, and noteworthy events—each one aimed to make your journey more special. So, buckle up and let's navigate the seasons together!

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Best Month to Visit Monterey

Starting with January, Monterey greets you with an average temperature of 57°F (14°C) during the day. The nights can drop to around 43°F (6°C), so don't forget to pack warm clothes. The city sees a decline in tourist influx, which translates to lower hotel rates—an ideal time for budget travelers.

February sees a slight increase in temperature, averaging roughly 59°F (15°C). The city still lies in its calm phase, and the reduced crowds make it a serene time to enjoy Monterey's attractions.

pacific-grove-golf-links.jpgPacific Grove Golf Links near Monterey

Don't miss out on the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am happening this month. Yes, you can play golf in Monterey in February!

As March ushers in spring, the average temperature stays around 59°F (15°C) but with less rain. You can revel in the outdoors, witness the city blooming, and enjoy sites like the Monterey Bay Aquarium without queuing.

monterey-bay-aquarium-2.jpgA shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

In April, the city warms further, with average temps of 63°F (17°C). The rainfall dwindles, and the skies begin to clear, making it a lovely time to explore the famous Cannery Row and the beautiful 17-Mile Drive.


May brings the essence of spring to Monterey, with the temperature averaging around 65°F (18°C). The tourist crowd is still manageable, and hotel prices relatively lower than the peak months—a perfect time to take a pleasant stroll around the popular Fisherman’s Wharf.

June serves as a beautiful introduction to summer in Monterey, with daytime temps up to an average of 67°F (19°C). If you're a golfer, the US Open takes place at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, adding an extra layer of excitement.

July, being one of the warmest months, boasts an average daytime high of 69°F (21°C). The city is lively, inviting everyone to indulge in various summer activities, including the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair.

Monterey-Mural.jpgMural of fishermen in Monterey

August continues the trend with average temperatures now up to 70°F (21°C). The wave of tourists reaches its peak, affecting the hotel prices. To make the most of the warm weather, consider visiting the Feast of Lanterns in neighboring Pacific Grove.

As September approaches, the city enters its secret summer phase. The temperatures hold steady at around 70°F (21°C), but the crowds start to dwindle. The decreased hotel rates and serene beaches make it an attractive time to visit Monterey.

fishermans-wharf-Monterey-2.jpgFisherman's Wharf in Monterey

October brings Monterey autumn, with average temperatures of 68°F (20°C). Witness the city without the hustle of tourists, enjoy traditional Oktoberfest, and admire the beautiful autumn leaves.

November opens doors to a more peaceful Monterey. With average temperatures around 63°F (17°C), the Monterey Bay Half Marathon takes center stage. Though the city gears up for holidays, the tourist crowd remains low.

Finally, December in Monterey presents a festive affair with temps around 59°F (15°C). With the city wrapped in holiday cheer, look forward to activities like the annual boat parade in Monterey Bay.

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Best Season to Visit Monterey

Springtime (March through May) in Monterey is unique, with its mild temperatures and colorful surrounding. It provides a perfect backdrop for outdoor extravaganza.

Monterey's summer (June through August) is characterized by sunny weather and bustling activities. From golf tournaments to street fairs, the city is alive with events. However, it also means peak tourist season and high hotel rates.

fishermans-wharf-Monterey-3.jpgFisherman's Wharf in Monterey

Fall (September through November) in Monterey is a season of warm temperatures, fewer tourists, and lower accommodation costs. It’s a second summer offering pleasant weather without the summer rush—an ideal season for budget travelers.

On the other hand, winter (December through February) is calm, offering the chance of exploring the city minus large throngs of people. The temperatures are mild compared to other states’ frozen winter months. It’s a great time if you’re looking for peace and tranquillity, but pack some warm clothes for cooler evenings.

The Best Time to Visit Monterey

To sum up, the best time to visit Monterey in California is subjective and depends heavily on your preferences. Are you pursuing warm temperatures and high-profile events, or are you a fan of tranquillity and budget travel? But rest assured, regardless of what time of year you visit, Monterey's charm is ever-present.

Remember, like San Diego, the Monterey climate has its own microclimates, so temperatures may slightly vary within the city. Yet, in all its totality, Monterey offers a memorable experience.

If you relish cultural diversity, planning your travel around festivals like the Monterey Jazz Festival in September or the Monterey Bay Greek Festival, also in September, can significantly enhance your experience.

Every season, every month in Monterey, brings its unique flavor—creating a beautiful canvas of experiences. Decide on the ideal time for you to visit with your own preferences in mind.

To revisit, Monterey's weather showcases a spectrum of conditions—from chilling winter nights to warm summer days. The shifts in Monterey's climate are a part of the city's appeal, adding another layer to your travel narrative.

So whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, a family, or someone seeking adventure, Monterey has a little something for everyone. Let the seasons be your guide and plan the perfect visit to this Californian gem!

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