17-Mile Drive - Discover The Awe-inspiring Vistas, Legendary Sights, and More Along the Pacific Coastline…

The 17-Mile Drive famous coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the splendid Del Monte Forest.
 
Pebble Beach is a gated community, but it differs from most gated communities. The majority of the drive is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation.

The awe-inspiring vistas and legendary sites easily fills an entire day with exploration and adventure.

There's five points of entry to get into Pebble Beach.
 
Each vehicle pays an entry fee.
 
Allow yourself enough time to stop for lunch and do a little shopping.

If you do spend any time shopping… or getting a bite or a cool beverage…  at one of the resort lodge's or inns in the area, the fee may be waived. But be sure to ask. Requirements change.

Sorry… but in order to preserve the tranquil nature of the area, motorcycles are not allowed  in the 17-Mile Drive.
 
Anyway… the points of entry are at…

  • Carmel Gate
  • Country Club Gate
  • Highway 1 Gate
  • Pacific Grove Gate
  • S.F.B Morse Gate - Samuel F.B. Morse, founder of Pebble Beach

Imagine a more awe-inspiring coastal landscape with pristine beaches… secluded coves… crashing waves… and spectacular seascapes.
 
Then explore the 5,000 acre Del Monte Forest… dense with Monterey Pines and Cypress.

The Monterey Cypress is native to only two areas…

  • Point Lobos Headland - just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, at the north end of the Big Sur coast of the Pacific Ocean and the…
  • Headlands at Cypress Point along 17-Mile Drive

Take in bountiful wildlife like… deer… sea otters… harbor seals… sea lions and so much more…

Now… here's something to know about harbor seals at Pebble Beach…

  • They are very shy… but also very curious. 

  • They become very vulnerable to disturbances.  So if they are harassed by people… dogs… or other noisy actions… they will head to the safety of the water… abandoning their young.

  • That's why the folks at Pebble Beach close certain areas during the pupping season which typically occurs from about April 1st to June 1st… to protect and prevent disruption to them while they are delivering and taking care of their new pups.

So just know… if you're coming to the area from April to June… landmarks like Cypress Point  Lookout and Fanshell Overlook may be closed.

Moving On…The 17-Mile Drive Highlights 21 Landmarks…

Just marvel at some of the most spectacular treasures including…

  • The Lone Cypress – As one of California's most enduring landmarks, The Lone Cypress has prevailed on its rocky perch for over 250 years.

    This icon of fortitude has inspired many and is revered as the eternal symbol of Pebble Beach Company.
Lone Cypress Tree - 17-Mile Drive
  • Cypress Point Lookout - For over 100 years, this point has been a preferred view of the dramatic Pacific coastline.
  • The Restless Sea & Point Joe - Note the unique offshore turbulence generated by the submerged terrain off Point Joe
  • Fanshell Overlook - The pure white sand of the beach below is irresistible to harbor seals returning each spring to mate and bear their young.
  • Crocker Grove - a 13-acre nature reserve harbors numerous species of native pine and cypress. Here's where you'll find the grand-daddy of all Monterey cypress.
  • The Ghost Tree - This salt-pruned Monterey Cypress has a sinister silhouette and a trunk bleached white from wind and sea spray.
  • Pescadero Point - Marks the northern-most point of Carmel and Stillwater Cove
  • And so much more…

Pebble Beach has four public 18-hole golf courses, one 9-hole par 3 golf course, and three private 18-hole golf courses...

  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • The Links at Spanish Bay
  • Spyglass Hill and
  • Poppy Hills

Private courses located at Pebble Beach are…

  • Cypress Point Club and the private Monterey Peninsula Country Club's two courses…
  • The Dunes Course… and 
  • The Shore Course

Peter Hay Golf Course is the only 9-hole par-3 golf course open to the public on the Monterey Peninsula.  Opened in October 1957, it's located across the street from Pebble Beach Golf Links.
 
The 100th U.S. Open 2000 Pebble Beach Monument is named for the longtime Pebble Beach golf pro, Peter Hay.
 
The par-3 course showcases the 30,000 pound bronze sculpture… encircling centuries of excellence. The monument is dedicated to the 100th U.S. Open 2000 Pebble Beach golf championship.

Whether you want to practice your short game or teach the kids the game of golf, Peter Hay Golf Course has been popular with golfing families of all skill levels for over 45 years.

The 17-Mile Drive has more to offer then just sight-seeing…

Want to go horseback riding through the forests and sand dunes?

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center offers guided horseback trail rides, riding lessons, boarding, and more.
 
More than 30 miles of hiking and equestrian trails run deep in the beautiful Del Monte Forest.
 
So enjoy an unforgettable horseback riding experience.

After your ride… grab a bite to eat at any one of the fine restaurants in the Pebble Beach area… like...

  • Roy's Restaurant
  • The Bench
  • Stillwater Bar & Grill
  • Peppoli at Pebble Beach
  • The Inn at Spanish Bay
  • Sticks
  • The Links at Spanish Bay

Or… if you want… just pack your own picnic lunch and go relax at viewpoints like…

  • Restless Sea
  • Point Joe
  • Spanish Bay
  • Seal Rock picnic area
  • Shepherd's Knoll

Want to make a weekend trip of the 17-Mile Drive? The Inn at Spanish Bay offers you contemporary elegance and exemplary service.

Nestled among majestic Monterey pines and fronted by a Scottish-style links golf course that touches some of the most breathtaking coastline in the world, it's truly an relaxing retreat.

Every evening, just as the sun is about to set… folks sit around the fire pit enjoying cocktails.
 
Listen carefully and you'll hear the sound of the bagpiper playing his pipes as he walks up the fairway… across the greens… closing the course in Scottish tradition.

Another place to think about staying at is…  The Lodge at Pebble Beach. - The Lodge is the heart and soul of Pebble Beach and home to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links.
 
It's also pet-friendly. From doggy day care activities to canine culinary treats, your pet will enjoy the same unforgettable stay that you will!

Give yourself plenty of time to relax and…

  • Stroll around
  • Shop
  • Indulge yourself

You'll leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

Oh and by the way… and don't forget  the spectacular mansions.  These are some of the most magnificent homes along the Pacific Ocean Coast.

This drive is a wonderful trip for everyone coming to the Monterey Peninsula on California’s stunning Central Coast.

So what do you say… let's head to the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.


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