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17-Mile Drive
17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive

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1,991 Reviews
17 Mile Drive, CA

The Basics

A winding road that skirts through upscale neighborhoods, forested areas, and along the oceanfront, 17-Mile Drive is situated on private property and requires and entrance fee. With that in mind, skip the driving and focus on the views by visiting as part of a tour from San Francisco that includes transportation. Your guide will handle navigation and fees, plus many tours also stop at Monterey’s Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and more.

If you prefer to drive the route independently, don’t miss the Cypress Point Lookout, where you can see harbor seals; Spanish Bay, where you can follow a paved coastal trail to Asilomar State Beach; and the iconic Lone Cypress.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Monterey & Carmel

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Would highly recommend
NICOLE_S, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Our guide Jonathan was amazing! Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Was a great way to explore the 17 mile drive.
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Amazing homes and incredible nature
Lois_O, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Loved Pebble Beach and all the stunning homes. Enjoyed the tide pools as well! We were able to see so much wildlife but the surfers were just as captivating to watch.
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Route 1 drive
Katerina_S, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
We got lucky with a warm and sunny weather! It was a beautiful ride along coast-hugging scenic route 1!
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Excellent
Maria_A, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Great experience and tour!!! I would highly recommend it to anyone. The views are just stunning. I just wished that they could given us more time in Carmel.
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fantastic
Daphne_S, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
your staff were very helpful to accommodate our request. even we were over time they were very nice about it
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Enjoyable
Julianna_H, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
I enjoyed the diverse things we did seein Monterey Carmel pebble beach and 17 mile drive including the brief walk
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Monterrey
patrick_g, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Tour guide is very informative good driver,did the little things that count, bought us fresh strawberries to share on bus, knew best shops restaurants
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Norma
Norma_M, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
It was a great trip...everything was beautiful...our guide Antonio was very friendly, professional and knowledgeable ...highly recommend it...easy cruising..relaxed atmosphere..he went out of his way
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Carmel
Bruce, Aug 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Carmel the highlight. Pebble Beach interesting. 17 Mile drive fun. Cannery Row a joy. Ought to have tour options though for folks to go to Point Lobos, Big Sur, more time in Carmel.
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Our first time in...
Christopher_D, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Our first time in California, we thoroughly enjoyed our bike tour and our awesome tour guide victor! Very knowledgeable, very friendly and down to earth. If we had the time we would take this tour again during our stay. Simply amazing, we enjoyed every minute.
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Comprehensive
David_H, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
A full day jammed full of amazing sights and experiences. Our guide was an encyclopedia of information with a wry sense of humor who did his best to maximize our enjoyment of the day.
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Amazing Views!
Cesi_E, Sep 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Amazing! The scenic views were exquisitely beautiful and the ride was tons of fun. I would definitely recommend.

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.

  • Your entrance fee to 17-Mile Drive includes a map of the area, with points of interest clearly marked.

  • 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

The 17-Mile Drive runs almost the length of the Monterey Peninsula coastal road, within the gated Pebble Beach community. 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. The fee is waived if you eat or shop within the community.

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Trip ideas


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