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Review of 17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive
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$99.00*
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Monterey Bay and Carmel-by-the-Sea Day Tour from...
Ranked #6 of 113 things to do in Monterey
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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.
Reviewed January 29, 2014

The 17-mile Drive is a natural wonder that has remained almost untouched for more than 100 years. Today, visitors can drive from vista to vista, park, and admire the infinite patterns of trees and waves breaking on rocks whose edges have been rounded over the centuries. The sea lions, birds, tide pools, and views are virtually the same as they must have looked to well-heeled guests of the bygone Hotel Del Monte during the advent of the motor car in the early 1900s Downton Abbey-era during 17-mile pleasure excursions, looking perhaps at land offered for sale by the Pacific Investment Company for construction of a small mansion. We feel the best way to see the 17-mile drive is from Pacific Grove to Carmel, during the middle of the day. Most of the coastline faces west, so it would be good to finish before late afternoon to avoid shooting photographs directly into the sun. It costs a bit less than $10 to enter the 17 Mile Drive which covers the maintenance of the many turn-outs and parking areas, where visitors stare at the movement of the waves, walk out on rocks, or photograph beggar squirrels. The golf pro shops and building complex for residents and golfers close to the Carmel side area includes several large parking areas, a coffee shop, the Gallery, a grocery store, banks, bathrooms, a souvenir store and real estate companies that display photos of gorgeous houses for sale on the coastline in the hundred million dollar range. The best bargain, of course, is the 17-mile drive for less than $10.

Thank Staidthere
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

There is a $10 fee to enjoy this beautiful drive. There are amazing views. You need to take your time and enjoy the drive. We stopped at the Pebble Beach clubhouse and browsed around. My husband bought a cap, but later found the same one at the Pebble Beach Store in Monterey on sale.

Thank London044
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

an atmospheric drive down the west coast of USA between Monterey & Carmel. Stop off at Pebble Beach GC and see one of the best courses in the US

Thank malxmclean
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Take your time and meander along the road pulling off at the vistas- wow, the beauty is amazing. the homes (mansions) along the way are spectacular. Park at one of the many areas on the beach and take a lovely walk along the beach and listen to the barking of the sea lions. Oh it is wonderful!

2  Thank Heidi D
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

A nice short drive with beautiful vistas, amazing trees, background of golf courses and the Pacific and homes with the wow factor.

We enjoyed it.

2  Thank Croushay
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