We recommend using the Monterey Regional Airport which is located just 10 minutes from downtown.
Caution: Ground transportation can be expensive and time consuming because of traffic if you use these airports:
- Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), located 60 minutes from downtown Monterey
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located 2 hours from downtown Monterey
To and From the Airport
Taxi: The Marriott is about 3.7 miles from the Monterey Airport and estimated taxi fare is $15 one way.
Rental Car: Monterey Airport has multiple car rental agencies onsite. There are parking fees at the Marriott (see lodging). Whether you need a car or not will depend on the activities that you choose. Dinners and cruise are within walking distance of the hotel.
Bus: MST offers bus transportation to and from the airport. Contact MST at (888) 678-2871 or visit their website.
Shuttle: There is no shuttle service from the airport to the hotel.
Monterey Trolley - best way to get around Monterey and it's free!
Hours of operations: Stops every 10-15 minutes between 10 AM and 7 PM Sun. through Friday (Saturdays from 10 AM to 8 PM).
Connects: Downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Trolley stop is on the corner of Alvardo and Franklin - .1 miles from the Marriott. Look for the green MST Trolley signs to board along the route.
Distances from the Marriott
Dinners and welcome cruise are within walking distance (.4 miles or under) to the hotel.
.3 miles Fisherman's Wharf (dinner and sailing cruise)
1.4 miles Monterey Bay Aquarium
1.1 miles Cannery Row
Parking in Monterey
The Marriott has a parking garage (see lodging). Parking options while traveling around Monterey can be reviewed online.
Weather - what to expect
Monterey weather is beautiful in August with daily high temperatures between 61°F and 73°F. Low temperatures are around 55°F. Those from the hotter areas of California often escape to Monterey and other coastal cities for relief from the heat of the interior parts of California.
The temperatures can be somewhat cooler because you'll be right on the ocean, so be sure to dress in layers and bring a sweater/windbreaker with you!
Things to Do in Monterey
Enjoy these local attractions during your visit!
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Open every day of the week from 10 AM-5 PM. Discounted admission tickets are available for purchase when you register for this meeting.
Enjoy the waterfront street that includes luxurious waterfront hotels, delicious restaurants, and boutiques.
Monterey Museum of Art
Open Thursday-Monday from 11 AM-5 PM. Adult admission is $10.
17 Mile Drive
One of the most scenic drives in the world. Plan to spend about 1-2 hours on this drive.
There are numerous things to do at the Fisherman's Wharf. From restaurants to shopping to whale watching.