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“Skip the toll - take your bike” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive
Monterey, CA 93953
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Ranked #7 of 44 Attractions in Monterey
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Golfing
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Owner description: Seals bask on the beach and pelicans perch on rocky cliffs along this famous drive that passes through many popular spots.
Elk Grove, California, United States
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“Skip the toll - take your bike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I am semi-local and find myself in Monterey quite often. As such I've made a habit of cycling down 17 Mile Drive and through the Pebble Beach compound every chance I get. It's not for everyone, and you have to a) have access to a bike and b) be in reasonably good shape to take on the hills, but trust me - this is a terrific way to see 17 Mile Drive and avoid a lot of the complaints that others have.

Pros:

- No toll! Skip paying the $9.75 at the gate

- You can choose your speed. Want to take it a little slower than traffic? Fine. Hit a traffic snarl in a spot you'd like to pass quickly? Also fine.

- Ease of pulling over to look around

Cons:

- One hill just past Spyglass will leave you wondering if you will make it to the top or fall over backward

- No windows to roll up to protect you from the aroma of Bird Rock

There are several companies on the peninsula who rent bikes (Bay Bikes and Blazing Saddles are but two) so even if you are far from home this is a viable option and one that is well worth it as 17 Mile Drive isn't the only place in the greater Monterey area that is best seen on pedal vs. car.

Visited July 2013
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“Stunning scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Fun to see some of the houses but the coastline scenery is wonderful. Plenty of areas to stop and get some great photos. And if golf is your thing, plenty of courses to see, even if you can't play on them.

Visited December 2012
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“Pebble Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was just beautiful. The stories about the founders and golfers who have played the course were fascinating.

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“Not worth the $10, there is nothing to see”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

The 17 mile drive is supposed to be the "most scenic drive in the world", but it pales in comparison with e.g. Highway 1 south of Carmel and Point Lobos, both of which very close by. There are lots of golf courses along the drive, and for me at least those are not very scenic. The beach views are not particularly impressive, and the "luxury houses" along the drive are a bit shaggy and there are much more charming and beautiful houses in e.g. Carmel.

This is not worth paying 10$, I would much rather use that to enter Point Lobos, or just drive the highway1 which is really much more beautiful and impressive that the 17 mile drive.

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“Glad I did it but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

It is an interesting rather than lovely drive. There are plenty of pull over areas, adequate parking and some nice views but having to pay an entry fee of $9.75 is a bit rich. Also, it is the only way to get to Pebble Beach Golf Club. However, your entrance fee is refundable if you spend over $30 on golf rounds or at the golf club restaurants. You are provided with a reasonably good map indicating highlights along the way a stop at Pebble Beach Golf club is well worth it.

Visited June 2013
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