One of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world, this stretch of highway runs between Pacific Grove and Carmel. You will ... More
One of the most scenic drives anywhere in the world, this stretch of highway runs between Pacific Grove and Carmel. You will see incredible beaches, six golf courses and more mansions than you can count. You will drive by several epicurean restaurants, all of which will refund the USD8 toll fee that you pay to drive this road. Pedestrians and cyclists can enter for free. The road snakes its way like a serpent, along the California coast and then through the Del Monte Forest. This drive is an absolute must for anyone visiting the Monterey Peninsula. Bring lots of film. See website for visitor details.
For the $10, it was a total rip off. Much of the road goes through the run down neighborhood, lots of fences and very little actual ocean views, that are no different than any other views outside the 17 mile toll area. I heard about it for years and like so many things, a total rip off, let down.
yeah I didn't see anything special. I mean sure its pretty, but not extra pretty it deserves extra attention and should have to pay extra to go see. Wouldn't recommend, its just more coast line, thats all.
We parked by Seal rock to take in the truely incredible views of this special place only to have our car window smashed in and my very well hidden handbag stolen. When I called 911, they gave me a phone number for the sheriff that led to a recording on how to file a police report online. So for ten dollars a day one can case tourists that might think they are safe because they are in a expensive neighborhood. Be carefull!!!!
It is privately owned, and the fee is very reasonable compared to a Starbucks cup of coffee. The amount they take in at the gates would never cover the expenses they have to provide road access. This little peninsula between Monterey bay and the Pacific ocean is uniquely situated and beautiful. I didn't come to view houses, but I wouldn't trade any house in Los Altos or Atherton or Palo Alto, where all you see is fences and yards, for one house here. It is totally relaxing and away from the rat race. It is nice to be able to wander around a privately owned nature preserve on the ocean. The air is fantastic.
Get real. 17 mile drive is nothing more than another cash sink hole where tourists are bilked out of a few more dollars. Monterey on the whole is overrated and honestly unless you are going to play golf or live out there 17-mile is a joke. Head to SC or up into the redwoods or head south and enjoy big sur.
I don't know how people can rave about the views. We took Hwy 1 north to Carmel from Hearst Castle. Now THAT was breathtaking. And free! We picnicked on the way north as well; free beaches. So the 17-mile drive was a huge disappointment. Even if there was no charge I wouldn't recommend it. There is so much better scenery elsewhere.
I was also disappointed with their handout. No historical information whatsoever - and very little information in general. Nothing about Samuel F.B. Morse who formed the Pebble Beach Company in 1919. (I had to look it up on the internet to get any info.) Overall, just a way to fleece $9.25 out of unsuspecting tourists.
Also, customer beware: from late March to the first week of June, protective fencing is installed at the most scenic spots (Fanshell Beach and Cypress Point Lookout). Those areas have been closed off to all vehicle parking, pedestrian traffic and bicycles, in order to protect the harbor seal pups during birthing season. But of course the Pebble Beach Company still charges the full $9.25, no discount.
for $9.25 you can buy a nice lunch and drive on big sur for free for a better view of the ocean. If you want to see big houses, drive down Los altos, Atherton. I was totally disappointed and bored, even the restrooms were hard to find.
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