Martinez, the county seat of Contra Costa County, is located on the south side of the Carquinez Straight. A city with a strong sense of history, its downtown is notable for its large number of preserved old buildings. Largely surrounded by water, Martinez once played a pivotal role in the Pony Express and today honors dramatic water views that stretch to the Sierra Range. From its ridge tops you can enjoy the majestic landscapes of Mount Diablo, St. Helena and Mount Tamalpais. Martinez hosts a portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail, open to hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, and outdoor devotees. Its waterfront has a marina that is a haven for fishing enthusiasts, and also provides hiking trails and bocce ball, tennis and baseball fields. Residents are always excited to participate in the yearly King of the Country Music Festival, which holds a barbeque contest, games, rides, music and booths from local artists, microbreweries and wineries. Celebrating all that the Bay Area has to offer, Martinez is a well-crafted and vibrant place to be.