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Points of interest around NPS campus

Area Beaches

Monterey Weather
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For your grocery needs including Kosher, the Safeway at 815 Canyon Del Rey, Del Rey Oaks, California, is accessible by bus, car or taxi. There is also Trader Joe’s in Monterey at 570 Munras Avenue. Trader Joe’s is accessible by bus or car and is within 1.7 miles walking distance


For Halal groceries, there are two local possibilities:

  • The Asian market, 3056 Del Monte Boulevard, Suite #103, Marina
  • California and the International Market and Deli at 580 Lighthouse Avenue, Monterey, California

Both are accessible by car or taxi. Walking is possible, but it is a bit of a hike. The #10 MST bus will get you near the Asian Market and #2 will take you directly to the International Market and Deli.



Tipping is a part of American Culture, while not mandatory, it can be somewhat confusing. In general, 15% of the actual meal cost is expected for an individual. What is mandatory is the gratuity for groups of six or more. There is an automatic tip included in the bill and it can range from 18% to 25% of the bill depending on the restaurant

For clothing the Edgewater Shopping Center, 2080 California Avenue, Sand City, California and the Del Monte Shopping Center, 1420 Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey, California, are two of the several places you can go. Both can be reached by bus or car. For other options that are not nearby, there is the Gilroy Premium Outlets, Gilroy, California (approximately 45 minutes), Carmel Shops, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and the Barnyard, Carmel Valley, Carmel, California (approximately 15 minutes)

Monterey Salinas Transit (MST)

MST Bus #24 also known as the Carmel Valley Grapevine Express will get you to Carmel, 18 minutes from the Monterey Transit Station located at 500 Tyler Street, Monterey, California (1.5 miles walking distance from NPS)


The free Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) trolley is one of the best ways to get around the city and avoid parking when going from Downtown Monterey to Cannery Row and back.


Bus transit to San Jose, San Francisco International or Oakland Airports


Long distance transportation, by train,  is available through AMTRAK in Salinas



Yellow Cab is not the only taxi in town, but it is the only taxi permitted to come onto campus unescorted.  ALL TAXI CABS ARE SUBJECT TO INSPECTION before entry onto the installation.  Taxi cab drivers are not authorized to charge special fares in exchange for providing service onboard installations.  However, it should be expected that the meter will run during the time spent waiting for and during the inspection when entering the base with a passenger.  When picking up a passenger, the meter starts when the passenger enters the taxi. Remember to ASK ABOUT THE FARE to your destination before you depart.

Cars can be rented at the Monterey Regional Airport, a list of companies and their contact information is available at the website below (it is recommended to call ahead before going in person)


There is an Enterprise Car Rental within walking distance of the school. 1178 del Monte Avenue, Monterey, California, 93940. As this establishment is not located at the airport, their return policy may be different.  Ask about return policy and actual day that vehicle can be returned.

Adventures By The Sea
210 Alvarado Street
Monterey, CA
(831) 648-7235

299 Cannery Row#1
Monterey, CA
(831) 372-1807

624 Ocean View Blvd
Pacific Grove, CA
(831) 372-1807


Bay Bikes
601 Wave St
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone number(831) 655-2453

750 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone number(831) 655-2453


486 Washington St
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone number(831) 375-2144


Workhorse Bicycles
486 Washington St
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone number(831) 375-2144

Wheel Fun Rentals
1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd
Seaside, CA 93955
Phone number(831) 655-2453

Common use workstations are available in the DRMI computer lab and are open 24/7 with Skype already installed.


Cell Phones

To avoid roaming fees while using your cell phone in the USA it could be beneficial to sign up for a prepaid wireless plan or purchase a new phone to fit your needs. For example, T-Mobile offers a prepaid wireless plan that has an optional international addon. When shopping for US cell phone plans make sure to:

  • Check your current carrier's international options or addons
  • Check if your phone is able to accept another SIM, and is compatible, by using carrier compatibility tools and making sure that your phone is unlocked
  • Make sure your country is listed when purchasing 'international services' plan additions

Utilizing prepaid phone cards is also an option for incoming international participants

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DRMI Locations

DRMI building locations

(1) DRMI faculty offices and discussion rooms

(2) Herrmann Hall - Hotel

(3) DRMI Lecture Hall