The Presidio of Monterey is a landmark, written about in books, and captured on film in the movies making this a favorite scenic spot for local residents and travelers across the globe.
Today, some of the original buildings from the late 1770s have been renovated and open to visitors curious about Presidio’s past.
Nowadays, the Presidio of Monterey is an independent command under the U.S. Army. This occurred along with the closure of Fort Ord in September of 1994.
For military personnel the former Fort Ord, has retained the Post Exchange, Commissary and military housing accessible to assigned personnel and their families. Visitors to the Presidio will find the base operational with more than 3,000 soldiers, Marines, Sailors, U.S. Coast Guard and Airmen.
Its mission is to support one of the primary tenant organizations called Defense Language Institute Foreign language Center or DLIFLC. As one of the best recognized foreign language schools, DoD personnel receive education and training on research, and technology as a registered student. Attendees must be a member of the Armed Forces or sponsored by a government agency. Additional tenants include MOS training for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Center for Information Dominance and U.S. Air Force Training Group.
The surrounding areas read like a travel guide filled with amazing recreation, nightlife and major city destinations. Visitors have 99 miles of coastline to explore from Carmel, Big Sur and Pebble Beach’s scenic drive. For the wine connoisseur or the seafood lover the area boasts some of the richest delicacies served fresh daily.
Explorers should take advantage of the self-guided tours, following the yellow tiles, leading visitors through gardens, museums, the Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the infamous Cannery Row.
The Presidio is home to the U.S. Army Health Clinic, offering service for inpatient healthcare, day care and pediatric services. Military personnel and their families can make appointments to see physicians Monday through Friday. The surrounding communities also offer several hospital and healthcare facilities with emergency services.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District schedules the school calendar for families with children attending school. Families living off base typically attend the school districts assigned to the local neighborhood. Military dependents may also consider attending private and parochial schools in the area.
There’s a variety of housing options in the area, assigned personnel can select to rent an available house on post by contacting the house office. On post housing BAH rates will variety depending on your requirements, along with the wait time schedules. For personnel visiting the area or on TDY, the Presidio Lodge offers military personnel adequate accommodations for reasonable prices. Arrangements and advance planning is suggested, in some cases reservations are made 1 year in advance. If you chose to live off post there is an online database of single family homes available and it is recommended that you contact a local realtor. Apartment dwellers will find a wide selection in the surrounding cities, which include Seaside, Monterey, Marina, Salinas, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach, and Del Rey.