About Seaside

The City of Seaside is an ocean-side community that overlooks the beautiful Monterey Bay on the Central Coast of California, approximately 115 miles south of San Francisco.

Founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1954, this 10 square-mile city continues to grow while holding on to the rich values upon which it was established. Young families and retirees are drawn to the community, providing a healthy residential mix of people and solid sense of community.


Seaside’s convenient location gives residents and visitors an opportunity to experience all of the amenities that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer…from wine tasting to whale watching…and everything in between. Explore the breathtaking beauty and abundant sea life of the Monterey Bay by:
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Scuba diving

Land Lovers

For land lovers, there’s world-class golf at the immaculate Bayonet and Blackhorse Courses, eclectic restaurants and abundant shopping….or if you prefer, just take a stroll down to the pristine Seaside Beach and wiggle your toes in the sand.


While the foundation of the Seaside business community is made up of small family-owned establishments, national retailers and restaurant groups also call Seaside home, as well as the Seaside Auto Center, one of the first auto malls in the country which boasts a wide variety of sales and service options for vehicles of all makes and models.


California State University at Monterey Bay and the Monterey College of Law are located in the City of Seaside, providing students of all ages a scenic environment to pursue their educational goals. These institutions are part of a world-class educational community on the Monterey Peninsula that includes the Naval Postgraduate School, the Defense Language Institute, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The multitude of opportunities for higher learning create a strong economic base for the community, much-needed services for retired military, and attract a contingent of people from throughout the world.

City Features

With plenty to do outdoors, educational opportunities, convenient shopping, eclectic dining, welcoming accommodations and outstanding views of the Monterey Bay, it’s easy to see why almost 33,000 residents choose to call Seaside home.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to explore our website and learn more about our beautiful community and how the City of Seaside can be of assistance to you.
Map of Seaside
Seaside Landscape Photo