About the Monterey-Santa Cruz Region
Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties are home to some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the United States. This region extends from north of Monterey Bay through the wild and scenic Big Sur where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.
The cities of Monterey and Santa Cruz are best known as resort towns with famous destinations including the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fishermans Wharf and is the venue for the Monterey Music Festivals.
While Tourism and Agriculture dominate the local economy other employers include Plantronics, McGraw-Hill, Dole Fresh Vegetables, the Naval Post Graduate School, University of California Santa Cruz, and the California State University Monterey Bay located on the former site of Fort Ord U.S. Army Post.
Originally inhabited by the Ohlone American Indian peoples, the Monterey area was first occupied by Spanish in 1770 and Monterey served as the Capital of Alta California during both the Spanish and Mexican periods. The United States claimed these lands after the Battle of Monterey in 1846 during the Mexican-American War.