17 mile Drive

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by gclink on July 16, 2001

17 mile drive is one of the prettiest sites in California. It costs 7.50 to enter into the area, but it is well worth the money.

Parts of the drive is through the trees, but you can see several multi-million dollar homes, but part of the drive is along the ocean. This is my favorite part of the whole drive.

It gets its name because the whole trip is 17 miles around in a circle. There are three entrances: Pacific Grove, Carmel, or off Hwy 1.

As the winding road approaches the coast, turbulent surf, twisted cypress trees and herds of sunbathing sea lions swing into view. Cypress Point, a promontory with spectacular views, is the best place to view harbor seals. In the spring, they come ashore to have their pups.

What else is there besides nature? How about golf courses: Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Cypress Point and the Links at Spanish Bay. On these golf courses you usually see herds of deer either laying down or eating. They are somewhat tame, but it is best to leave them alone for nature.

Don't forget to look for the Sea Otters in the water. They usually sleep in the Kelp floating off shore.

17 Mile Drive
Pebble Beach -- Monterey Peninsula
Monterey, California


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