If you're in the area, you must take this scenic drive. We started in Monterey and just took in the various viewpoints (all marked on a handy map when you enter) as we drove through.
Bird Rock doesn't have many birds on it, but it does have literally hundreds of sea lions and harbor seals sunning themselves on the rock. There are plenty of binoculars to see them.
We drove by a golf course on our journey and saw several deer standing along the course! Hope they weren't winged by a bad swing!
There's also the Lone Cypress, probably one of the most famous, if not the most famous tree in the world. It's said to be between 200 to 300 years old and seems to cling to bare rock.
This is just a great drive to take it a beautiful seaside community.