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17-Mile Drive
17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive

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1,793 Reviews
17 Mile Drive, CA

The Basics

The bulk of 17-Mile Drive is a winding road through upscale neighborhoods from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, and goes through forested areas, along the oceanfront, and past several golf courses. Some of the best places to stop and admire the view are at Cypress Point Lookout, where you can see harbor seals basking on sand and rocks; Spanish Bay, where you can follow a paved coastal trail to Asilomar State Beach; and the iconic Lone Cypress, which has stood on its rocky perch for more than 250 years.

As 17-Mile Drive is actually on private property, there is an entrance fee, which also gets you a map with all the points of interest clearly indicated with a brief description of each. If you want to skip the driving and just focus on the scenery, there are tours from San Francisco include transportation. The tour guide takes care of the navigating, and these tours often include stops at Monterey’s Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and other Monterey Peninsula attractions.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

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Electric bike 17 mile drive tour
debbie_b, Jun 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Zane was the best!! Super fun afternoon, and because of the electric bikes, really anyone can do this tour. Highly recommend!!
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Bay tour
Eileen_R, Jun 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
The entire tour was extremely eye opening. I enjoyed seeing the caramel bay with it's white snow and exploring 17 mile drive. Our driver was Antonio, he was super awesome! Super kind and made the experience so much better!! it's a beautiful tour and a beautiful experience. I would recommend anyone trying to explore the bay area take this tour.
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What a day … Awesome…!
Doug_T, Jun 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Tour guide was an amazing guide - helpful, caring, personal and an excellent storyteller of local history! Loved the journey, fair price and bikes in excellent condition.
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Amazing and unforgettable tour
Johanna_H, Jun 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
This tour was amazing. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and considerate of our wants or desires to stop along the way for photo ops He was great and so was this tour. I would recommend it to anyone visiting CA to go on it. It was money well spent.
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Monterey visit
Kaye_M, Jun 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
My trip was amazing going to Monterey and Camel. The driver Antonio really did a great job. He give the historical on different area. The scenery was perfect for pictures. If I am in this area again, I would do this tour just for the excitement. I loved everything keep it up.
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Breath Taking Tour
Kevin_M, Jun 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Beautiful scenery, awesome tour guide -(Antonio )he was funny ,polite ,a wealth of information on SF and it’s people and he gave us local strawberries to eat , so so fun definitely go on this tour and ask for Antonio
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Fun and beautiful
Susanne_H, Jun 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Our tour guide, Jonathan, was absolutely amazing. As though the scenery wasn’t enough, his knowledge and narration of the sights along the ride made it even more fantastic.
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just about perfect
mikeijames, Jun 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
antonio is the perfect tour guide. as a new transplant to the city, i have always been curious about monterey and carmel: this tour gave an excellent introduction of both with several pleasant surprises along the way. the only thing that would make this tour perfect would be a stop at the iconic bixby creek bridge. that’s the only thing i knew about monterey (from big little lies) and the one thing we did not see.
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17mi bike tour
Cari_S, May 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
My guide was amazing! The bike was amazing (I’m going to buy one) and the tour had suck rich information. Definitely recommend.
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17 mile drive
lneindorf, Jan 2020
Private Tour to Monterey, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel, and Gilroy
The tour to Monterey, 17 mile and Carmel was a great day. Viator had not been in touch with the tour company despite having made the booking mid December. Panic stations initially but Taste of SF organised jumped into action and sorted it out and everything worked really well from there Steve originally an Englishmen was great and very infomative
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Bike fun in Pacific Grove, CA.
Patricia_C, May 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
This tour was an awesome experience the unfortunate accident involving my daughter.The beautiful scenery and the bike ride was so much fun. My daughter is doing fine and hopes to do the tour again. We loved it, and highly recommend everyone to go on this tour.
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Exceptional Full Day Tour
Cheryl_H, Jun 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
An exceptional full day trip led by Antonio. He planned many interesting extra stops for us throughout the day like the lighthouse compound. We stopped at an amazing fruit stand with the biggest ripest strawberries, ever. He knew all kinds of historical facts which he shared constantly. He talked just the right amount of time. Not too much. The bus was comfortable and clean with huge windows for easy viewing. Sit on the right side for best views of the spectacular coast. I heartily recommend this tour to all.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Experiencing 17-Mile Drive is a must-do for all first-time visitors to this section of California’s Central Coast.

  • The drive takes about 20 minutes, but allow yourself at least two hours if you want to stop at the lookouts and take in the scenery.

  • The Inn at Spanish Bay and the Lodge at Pebble Beach have the only services open to the public (gas station, restrooms, restaurants).

  • Hotel or restaurant reservations along the drive will get you out of the non-resident fee.

  • Bicycles travel free of charge; motorcycles are not allowed.

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How to Get There

Pay the entrance fee at any of the five entrances—most often, where Highway 1 meets Highway 68, or the Carmel tollbooth on San Antonio Avenue.

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When to Get There

Quite busy year-round, 17-Mile Drive is especially choked with visitors in the summer. Fall and spring are the best bets for clear skies; the summer fog is heavy in the morning and can sometimes linger all day, hampering views. The drive closes during major golf events; be sure to check online before departing.

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Best Beaches Along the Drive

There are multiple spots to stop and stretch your legs along the drive. Whether you want a quick jaunt down to the frigid Pacific Ocean waters, a picnic lunch spot, or some soft sand on which to nap, you’ll find it here. Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach are favorites for travelers and locals alike.

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17-Mile Drive