Downtown Monterey Parking: Your Best Bets

parkingThe summer months can make downtown Monterey parking 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.

Street parking in the downtown Monterey area is time limited – 20 minutes, one hour, 90 minutes, two hours – and is rigorously enforced. Most pay-per-space lots are limited to two hours also. Free, all-day parking can be found several blocks 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.

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.

Other long-term parking is available in the waterfront lots near Fisherman’s Wharf. Rates there range from $1.50 per hour/$10 maximum to $2 per hour/$15 maximum.

Follow these tips and avoid the stress of downtown Monterey parking.


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