Travel to Monterey

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The Next Generation Jazz Festival takes place at the Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, 1 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940.


Monterey is easily accessible via Highway 1. Parking is available in the City of Monterey's parking structure, one block from the Conference Center. Buses may drop off their students directly in front of the conference center.

San Francisco International Airport is two hours from Monterey.
San Jose International Airport is 1.5 hours from Monterey. Monterey Peninsula Airport is 10 minutes from downtown and offers a limited selection of regional flights.

We strongly recommend that you stay in downtown Monterey where you will be walking distance to the Conference Center as well as the city’s many restaurants and attractions. April is a busy time for tourists here, so we recommend booking your hotel rooms early.

Portola Hotel and Spa -- (888) 222-5851      Festival Rate room block is now sold out.
Monterey Marriott -- (831) 649-4234
Inns of Monterey is the official hotel partner of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Call (800) 232-4141 to request a special rate for Next Generation Jazz Festival guests. 
Hilton Garden Inn --  (831) 373-6141   Mention Next Generation Jazz Festival for special rates. Group Code: NGN
Best Western De Anza Inn -- (831) 646-8300
Embassy Suites Monterey Bay -- (831) 393-1115
Hotel Abrego -- (831) 372-7551
Hotel Pacific -- (831) 373-5700
The Stevenson Monterey --(831) 373-1876

We understanding that feeding a large group of students in an unfamiliar city can be a challenge. Below are a list of options within walking distance from the Conference Center as well as numbers for pizza delivery.

Papa Chanos — Mexican, 462 Alvarado St.
Turn 12 Bar and Grill  — Eclectic American & Pizza, 400 Tyler St.
Pizza My Heart — 831.656.9400
Round Table Pizza – 375 Alvarado St., 831.373.1351
Gianni’s Pizza — 831.649.1500

Located on California’s scenic Central Coast and is known for its exceptional beauty and lively downtown. The Conference Center is adjacent to Cannery Row with its eclectic array of restaurants and shops, the Fisherman’s Wharf and the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Enjoy the coastline downtown, enjoy an easy hike at nearby Point Lobos State Park or drive along scenic 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.

For more suggestions visit the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau.