Asilomar Conference Grounds
Nestled along the shoreline of California's famed Monterey Peninsula, Asilomar is a tranquil ocean front retreat cradled by forests and white sand beaches. Asilomar (meaning "refuge by the sea" and pronounced a-SIL-o-mar) State Beach and Conference Grounds sits on 107 acres and offers overnight lodging and views of the forest, surf and sand. More information about Asilomar is available on their web site.
The Bioavailability 2010 conference will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, California, USA. The Asilomar Conference Grounds web site has information on accommodations, transportation, and maps. General travel information is also given below.
From San Francisco Bay Area or San Jose
Asilomar is approximately 120 miles south of downtown San Francisco (about 105 miles from San Francisco International Airport) and about 75 miles south of San Jose. Take 101 south to 156 West. Take 156 West to highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach / Pacific Grove exit, turn right on Holman highway / 68 West. Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway for 3.5 miles until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue. In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.
From Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, or San Luis Obispo
Asilomar is approximately 325 miles from downtown Los Angeles (about 310 miles from LAX). Take 101 North though Salinas to 156 West. Take 156 West to highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach / Pacific Grove exit, and highway 68 West. For about 3-1/2 miles you will then be on a portion of Highway 68 West that is also called the Holman Highway. Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue. In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.
Take Highway 68 West to Highway 1 South to Highway 68 West to Pacific Grove. Just past the Monterey Peninsula Airport, Highway 68 West overlaps Highway 1 for about 5 or 6 miles. Stay on Highway 68 West/Highway 1 and take the Pacific Grove exit. For about 3-1/2 miles you will then be on a portion of Highway 68 West that is also called the Holman Highway. Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue. In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.
AMTRAK services Salinas only. If there are four or more in your party, you can take the AMTRAK bus from Salinas to the Monterey Transit Center in downtown Monterey. For AMTRAK rates and schedules, and for information about the AMTRAK bus from Salinas to Monterey, contact AMTRAK at 455 Market Street #970, San Francisco, CA 94105, or call (800) 872-7245. If you cannot take the AMTRAK bus, you can take the Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) (see Public Transportation below). If you do not want to ride a bus from the AMTRAK station, you will need to rent a car to get to Asilomar from Salinas.
Local taxi companies service the Monterey Peninsula Airport, as does the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus system (see Public Transportation). Airport shuttle service to and from San Jose and San Francisco airports can be arranged in advance through Monterey Salinas Airbus, by calling 831-373-7777, or via their website at http://www.montereyairbus.com/ .
The Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) bus system stops at the Monterey airport. The buses are clean and wheelchair accessible. The fare to Asilomar is $1.75 one way, and the total trip is about 30 minutes. Take any number Monterey-bound bus. Ask for a transfer when you board. Transfers are free. Tell the driver to announce the Monterey Transit Center, which is where you will disembark and transfer to the #1 Asilomar bus. There is rarely more than a 5-minute wait at the transfer point. The #1 bus will let you off at the front gate to the Asilomar Conference Grounds. MST buses also have room for two bicycles per bus. You may call MST for detailed schedule information: One Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, CA, 93940 (831) 899-2555. Click here to visit their website. Also available is the Monterey Salinas Airbus. CLICK HERE for more information.
Main Event Limousines pride themselves on excellence that will make your event a memorable one. Transportation specialists for any size group or function based in Monterey California.
Taxicabs are available at the Monterey Airport for transfer to Asilomar. Fares are $20 - $25 one-way.
The following are some of the car rental companies that service the Monterey area. It is highly recommended that you call to reserve your car well in advance, since some local events such as golf tournaments and music festivals have been known to create a rental car shortage.
American Auto Rental (831) 649-1611
Avis® Rent A Car (831) 647-7140
Budget® Rent A Car (831) 373-1899
Dollar® Rent A Car (831) 422-2619
Enterprise® Rent-A-Car (831) 649-6300
Hertz® Worldwide Car Rental (831) 373-3318
Monterey Rent-A-Roadster (831) 647-1929
National Car Rental® (831) 373-4181
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