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17-Mile Drive
17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive

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1,983 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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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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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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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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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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Great tour guide Thomas!
Elizabeth_C, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Thomas was very knowledgable and kind. He went over and above to make sure everyone had a wonderful experience!
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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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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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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.
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fabulous
SooKyung_k, Sep 2021
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
Driving through #1 route side by the beaches was beautiful. The tour guide was very kind. It's a day long, but didn't feel like it's too long. The tour was very interesting! Both beaches in Monterey and Carmel by the sea are beautiful!
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eBike Fun!
Beverly_K, Aug 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
We had a wonderful time. Our guide was fun and a great storyteller. The scenery was exquisite and the weather cool but nice. The bikes were easy to ride.
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Jonathan‘a knowledge of...
CarolynW_F, Aug 2021
3-Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey
Jonathan‘a knowledge of the area and the views. Worth the price! On time to start. We were not hurried in the tour. Actually got back later than advertised.

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