Things you don’t know about parking in Monterey can cost you time and money and turn your relaxing visit into a frustrating experience.
Downtown parking is especially problematic. Special events bring swarms of tourists to the waterfront. Traffic often backs up on Del Monte Avenue, as motorists follow the signage to the big lots near Fisherman’s Wharf or to Cannery Row.
- Street parking in the downtown Monterey area is time limited – 20 minutes, one hour, 90 minutes, two hours – and is rigorously enforced.
- Free, all-day street parking can be found several blocks away from the downtown center, near Lake El Estero and up the hill from Pacific Street. If you park on the street, read all signs carefully regarding hours and days of enforcement.
- Street parking restrictions in downtown Monterey are generally enforced Monday- Saturday.
- Your best bet is the East Garage, a multi-story structure, on Washington and Tyler Streets between E Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue. Park all day for $7, pay when you enter. If you are visiting Monterey between Memorial Day and Labor Day the free MST shuttle stops on Tyler Street and will take you to Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and throughout the downtown center. Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront are nearby.
- Long-term parking is also available in the waterfront lots near Fisherman’s Wharf. Rates range from $1.50 per hour/$10 maximum to $2 per hour/$15 maximum.
- Other pay-by-space city parking lots may be available, with time limited parking.
Visitors to New Monterey and the Cannery Row area should expect to pay to park.
- Foam and Wave Streets are lined with parking meters. Some take cash, some only credit cards.
- Private and city owned parking lots are pay-by-space.
- YOUR BEST BET is the Cannery Row Parking structure at Foam and Prescott. Pay at entry, rates change depending on holidays and days of the week.
- Parking restrictions are enforced 7 days a week.