US Coast Guard Station Monterey
100 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey, CA 93940
US Coast Guard Station Monterey is under the operational control of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco. The station’s area of responsibility covers 120 nautical miles of coastline between Point Ano Nuevo (north) and the Monterey-San Luis Obispo County line (south) and extends 50 nautical miles offshore. While there are no breaking bars in the area of responsibility, Station Monterey is a heavy weather, open ocean station. Santa Cruz, Moss Landing and Monterey are the only safe havens in the area of responsibility. The southern area of responsibility is remote and particularly treacherous due to the extremely rugged coastline and absence of moorings or shelter.
Coast Guard Station Monterey was established in January 1946 as a group command – providing support to five lighthouses, one station, two substations and three patrol boats. The NLUS Monterey Peninsula Council adopted Coast Guard Station Monterey, formerly Coast Guard Group Monterey, in 1985. As a result of Coast Guard modernization efforts, Group Monterey was converted back into a small boat station and a seasonal subunit in Santa Cruz in September 1996.
Coast Guard Station Monterey is primarily involved with maritime law enforcement and search-and-rescue along California’s Central Coast. The station is home to two 47-foot motor lifeboats and one 29-foot response boat. The more than 40-member crew based at the station carries out search-and-rescue, coastal security, marine environmental protection and maritime law enforcement missions. The Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security.
The Station Monterey crew works closely with numerous federal, state and local partners to include the NOAA, Fish and Wildlife, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and local fire and police departments.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the nation’s largest marine sanctuary – it encompasses 5,000 square miles and covers the entire station area of responsibility. There are about 140 commercial fishing vessels home-ported in the area of responsibility – as well as numerous dive and whale-watching boats. Recreational boating, sailing, diving, kayaking, surfing and coastal sightseeing are popular activities in the Monterey Bay region. The station’s customer base is diverse, with many tourists and visitors from the San Francisco Bay Area and California’s Central Valley, along with many international tourists.
The Bay area – divided into the North and South Bay – has three major Airports. The largest one – San Francisco International Airport SFO – is located on the South Bay on Highway 101 and I-380, San Bruno.
Oakland International Airport is straight across on the North Bay off I-880 and Hegenberger Road.
San Jose Mineta International SJC is at the east end of the Bay – off Highway 101 and 87.
Frequent South Bay flyers prefer San Jose’s Mineta Airport – the smallest of the three (but by no means small) – as getting to it and to the departure gate is less time-consuming.
Ninety miles to the south is the Monterey Peninsula Airport which serves the Central Coast of California and offers daily flights to San Francisco International.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a California school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Monterey County Department of Social Services (831) 755-4448
Promoting self-sufficiency, health and well-being to help ensure the protection of children, the elderly and dependent adults, and provide a safety net for individuals and families who need assistance with basic necessities, such as food, housing and health care.
Monterey County Health Department (831) 647-7655
Promote, preserve and protect the health of all Monterey County residents through disease surveillance, health education, direct services, and health policy development.
SPCA for Monterey County (831) 373-2631
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County is your nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency, is not funded by tax dollars, and does not have a parent organization.
Monterey County Sheriff (831) 755-3700
Base Operator (831) 647-7300
On base housing is available to enlisted on the Ord Military Community base.
There are single family homes as well as duplexes. The single family homes are three to four bedroom units.
The duplexes are one to three bedroom units.
Officer housing is located in down town Monterey at LaMasa housing.
This is where you need to go to sign up for housing regardless of the base you live on.
Fitch Park at Ord Military Community – Seaside, CA
5.4 miles from base
Fitch Park at Ord Military Community is a family-friendly military neighborhood with large homes and many outdoor activities.
Pebble Beach – Del Monte Forest, CA
2.9 miles from base
Pebble Beach is an entirely gated community on the ocean. It is quiet and safe. Most of the neighborhood is within the Pacific Grove school district – which is considered one of the best on the Monterey Peninsula. The neighborhood is adjacent to Pacific Grove a quaint town with a lovely main street, nice parks and walking trails along the water.
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In Monterey, the summers are short, comfortable, dry, and mostly clear. The winters are long, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 44°F to 68°F and is rarely below 37°F or above 77°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.3 months, from August 15 to October 24, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. The hottest day of the year is October 2, with an average high of 68°F and low of 54°F. The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from December 1 to March 22, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 44°F and high of 60°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from November 6 to April 10, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on February 20. The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from April 10 to November 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 19.
The cost of living in Monterey is 27% higher than the California average, and 76% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Monterey, CA, the average cost of goods and services is 11% higher than it is in California, and it is 22% higher than the national average.
Monterey is a city on California’s central coast and is well known for the abundance and diversity of its marine life – which includes sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, bat rays, kelp forests, pelicans, dolphins and several species of whales. Only a few miles offshore is the Monterey Canyon – the largest and deepest underwater canyon off the Pacific coast of North America.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the U.S. and its focus on education and conservation make it especially worthy of a visit. The aquarium is known for its location – right on the Monterey Bay, with views of sea otters and seals from the aquarium’s windows — as well as the sea otter exhibit, the giant kelp forest (reflecting what’s in the waters of the bay) and its special exhibitions that currently includes a show of cephalopods. With many interactive exhibits, it’s also a great place for children.
Cannery Row has a multicultural history of immigrants from Europe and Asia who came here to work in the canneries and fisheries. This area has become the center of Monterey’s tourism and there are plenty of tacky shops to prove it – but if you look deeper, you can see glimpses of its interesting past. A tour led by knowledgeable historian Tom Thomas is said to be the best way to get to know this area.
Monterey State Historic Park – it was here that the Spanish first landed in 1602. Later, Monterey became an important port and California’s capital. The Monterey State Historic Park is a complex of historic buildings (some of the oldest structures in California), gardens and walkways that span two miles – you can walk the historic park and all gardens are open daily, but the old adobe buildings can only be entered with a tour. You can combine this with a visit to the nearby wharf or a longer walk or bike ride to Cannery Row.
Asilomar State Beach is not well known to visitors but is one of the nicest places to walk on the peninsula. Walk along the water to explore tide pools and see ocean birds, seals, and surfers. Just before sunset is an especially nice time as the light changes so quickly over the ocean. Across the street from the beach is the Asilomar Conference Grounds, where you can walk the paths through the dunes and see the arts & crafts architecture of the conference buildings.
The village of Carmel-by-the-Sea has a quaint downtown of several square blocks that are filled with unique shops and boutiques. More shopping options can be found at the Carmel Plaza and nearby Barnyard.
Carmel is home to almost 100 beautiful art galleries in the space of one square mile. You can’t help but notice them as you walk the streets of downtown – save some time to pop into one or two and see this town’s appreciation for the arts reflected in the work shown in its galleries.
A drive down Highway 1 through Big Sur is an iconic California experience – and for good reason. Try a morning hike at Point Lobos and then a drive down to the Big Sur Roadhouse for lunch before continuing on with stops at McWay Falls or Garapata State Park.
The Monterey AVA has good wine and beautiful scenery. Carmel Valley has several nice wineries that will help you get to know this wine region. Try Bernardus Winery, Holman Ranch Vineyards, Cima Collina, and Joullian Vineyards – which are all within walking distance of each other.
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