The Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo is a charming spiritual home dating back to 1794. As the oldest continually operating parish in California, it is considered among the state’s most important historic structures. Admire the Spanish-colonial style of the building, which plays an important role in the Latino community.
The elegant off-white façade, with its brown wooden portal and bell tower, blends Spanish-colonial styles with Moorish features. Gaze up at the carving of Our Lady of Guadalupe that decorates the niche. It is said to be the oldest non-indigenous sculpture in California.
Enter the intriguing church to see its ornate interior. Listen to Masses and sermons recited in English and Spanish to serve the city’s Catholic community. The nave has an airy feel, with light permeating through its many windows and illuminating oil paintings of the Stations of the Cross.
The parish offices inside the building contain the Heritage Center Museum, which has highlights including artistic portrayals of the church. Look for remnants of the Vizcaíno-Serra oak tree that stood in the area when Monterey was founded in the early 1600s. Take a guided tour and speak with docents to find out about the museum, the church and its grounds.
Surrounding the chapel is a garden containing a serene path that leads to the complex’s San Carlos School and the Rectory of San Carlos Cathedral. Follow the trail to the San Carlos Cemetery to see its range of headstones and sculptures in the midst of giant oak trees.
Note that Masses take place daily, including on weekends. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The church, which accepts donations, is also known by locals as the Royal Presidio Chapel.
The Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo is in the central part of Monterey. Ride a bus to a nearby stop or walk from other attractions in the downtown area. The street outside the church has many parking spaces. Visit nearby landmarks, such as the Dennis the Menace Park, Lake El Estero and Jacks Park.
Just 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf, this resort borders Custom House Plaza, with the beach and sparkling bay just beyond; Cannery Row and the aquarium are a short walk away.
After undergoing a $60 million renovation, this 550-room hotel and conference center is situated on 22 acres next to the 18-hole championship Pebble Beach Resort's Del Monte Golf Course, 6 blocks from the beach and 1 mile from downtown Monterey.
Offering friendly service and immaculate rooms, this hotel is 1 block from Historic Downtown Monterey, 5 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Conference Center, and 2 miles from the aquarium.
Located in the heart of Monterey, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden State Theatre and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Munras Avenue, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Don Dahvee Park and Dennis the Menace Park. Fisherman's Wharf and Maritime Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This downtown Monterey property is a half-mile from Monterey State Beach and within a mile of Monterey Fisherman's Wharf.
Located in Munras Avenue, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Stevenson House and Maritime Museum. Fisherman's Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Lighthouse District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Carlos Beach - The Breakwater, Fisherman's Wharf, and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Maritime Museum and Dennis the Menace Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).