California State University - Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay is about one hour south of Silicon Valley, San Jose, and two hours south of San Francisco. It is also close to impressive golf courses, vineyards and national parks like Big Sur and Pinnacles.
Monterey is a small and charming coastal town with around 30,000 inhabitants. The town has attracted famous artists and writers since the late 19th Century and is said to be the inspiration of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
The bay itself is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world and home to whales, deep-sea anglerfish and sea otters. The SPCA Wildlife Rescue Center is world renowned for their rescue and rehabilitation of sea animals.
The nearest beach is only 10 minutes away. There are also plenty of boutiques, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Many music festivals take place in Monterey County every year, such as the Jazz Bash at the Bay, the Blues Brew and Barbeque Festival and the classical Carmel Bach festival.
The surrounding region is a vibrant tourist destination with abundant hiking, golfing, scuba diving and surfing. The university’s Outdoor Recreation Program allows students to experience unforgettable outdoor adventures in the Monterey Bay area at a relatively low price. This includes backpacking trips to Big Sur, rock climbing in Castle Rock State Park, camping in Pinnacles National Park, stand up paddling in Breakwater Cove and mountain biking in local forest trails.
Students can also rent a car and explore sites in the surrounding region. For instance, students can take the scenic 17 mile drive between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove or drive to beautiful Moss Landing State Beach.
Monterey has a mild climate, with average high temperatures from around 16 °C during winter and 22°C during summer.