The city of Monterey located on the Monterey Peninsula was founded by Spanish forces and missionaries during the mid to late 1700's, and flourished as the capital under Mexican rule.The surrounding natural environment provided rich sources for harvesting wheat and animal husbandry on land, and whaling and sardine fisheries in the sea.Downtown Monterey is dotted with old buildings, pelicans rest at the adjoining Fisherman's Wharf, sea gulls and a variety of other sea birds live there, in the bay you can catch sight of seals, sea lions, and sea otters hunting for food.Enjoy some local wine and seafood at restaurants located on the Warf, afterwards, you can take a walk along the promenade to settle your meal.Seaweed called "Giant Kelp" spreads up to the surface of the ocean from as much as 30 feet below creating a unique habitat known as giant kelp forests.Many divers gather on the weekends to mingle with seals and other minions of the deep.Go kayaking and get a close up look seals and sea otters who take naps by wrapping themsevles in kelp.In August, car enthusiasts from all over the nation gather for the world famous Concours d'Elegance showcasing some of the most elegant, and expensive cars in the world. You can see them being driven around the peninsula at the owners' leisure. And in Septmeber,jazz fans from all over the world gather for the world-renouned Monterey Jazz Festival.