Parking for RVs on the Monterey Peninsula can be a challenge. However planning ahead and knowing the lay of the land will help you overcome any difficulties you may have in parking your rig near top attractions. Carmel for example with its narrow streets and low hanging trees makes it difficult for sizable RVs. A secret for rvers who want to spend some time in Carmel is San Carlos Street... Turn west on Rio Road and follow Rio past the mission until you come to a four-way stop.. Turn left.. That's 13th Street.. Go two blocks and turn right on San Carlos. San Carlos is the widest Street in Carmel besides Ocean Avenue... If you park on San Carlos it's only a few blocks walk to the main part of Carmel business. RVs can park on the streets and can take up to two 20 foot parking spots. The limit for time in the business area is 2 hours but you can park in the residential areas for as much as six hours. The Main Street Ocean Avenue is constantly busy and you definitely don't want to attempt to park there. There is parking at the bottom of the hill on Ocean and many Class C RVs park in that area and walk back up the hill to the business area. Technically there is a law against RVs in that parking lot but if you're near 20 foot the parking enforcement doesn't seem to bother with it. Vehicles over 7 1/2 feet high are technically not permitted. There is a parking lot on the North End Of Sunset Center but it does not allow any Vehicles over 20 feet. And there is a parking lot behind the police station on Junipero but again only for Class B's and C's.. if you have a class A over 30 feet your safest bet is either to Uber into town from the RV park where you are staying or you can park temporarily in The Crossroads Shopping Center at rio and Highway 1 and uber in from there... Crossroads is  only a couple of minutes from town….


If you were headed for Downtown Monterey with Fisherman's Wharf The Cannery and Alvarado Street you have several options. First of all you may find parking on Del Monte Avenue itself as you near Fisherman's Wharf. There is also room for big rig parking at the Wharf Marketplace in front of the old railroad station. Fisherman's Wharf parking lot has room for Class B's and C's but it's iffy for class A's.  RVs park in front of the cemetery at El Estero Park... That area is between Dennis the Menace park and the cemetery. There’s also RV parking for class b’s and c’s at Breakwater cove just in front of the Coast Guard station...take your first right right after you go through the tunnel...You will be on Foam Street and you can either park at Breakwater cove or continue down Foam for four or five blocks and park on that street.  You’ll reach a dead-end on David and turn right which will put you right at the Aquarium.... But there's a real Secret just above Fisherman's Wharf and The Cannery that will let you park all day for free even with your big Class A RV and that is the Presidio. Once you are parked near downtown Monterey it's easy walking to the Cannery, Fisherman's Wharf, Alvarado Street and all the other historical buildings...


This video, from the upcoming "RVing the Monterey Peninsula" DVD will explain it all...




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