Monterey and 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA


17-Mile Drive

The best time to take the 17-Mile Drive is when skies are clearer. For the best chance of clear skies, we made it by mid to late afternoon. Until then we spent sometime in Monterey, CA.

Drive to Monterey, CA was pretty quick from our place. We spent some time in Cannery row. Cannery Row is the waterfront street in the New Monterey section with former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions.

Cannery row, Monterey

Cannery Row

The area offshore from Cannery Row is the Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area. Great place to take photos. Then roamed along the streets and grabbed lunch.

Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area
Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area

The Cannery Row Monument, which pays homage to nine important characters that played pivotal roles in Cannery Row’s history.

The Cannery Row Monument at Steinbeck Plaza!
The Cannery Row Monument at Steinbeck Plaza!

17-mile drive, Pebble beach, CA:

17-Mile Drive is the scenic drives that runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula in California, from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest.


By the mid afternoon, we started to 17-mile drive and entered through the Pacific Grove Gate (there are also other gates–Country Club, Samuel F.B. Morse, Highway 1, and Carmel). You get a map of the drive at the gatehouse entrances, and stops along the way are clearly posted with markers denoting 21 points of interest.

17-mile drive Points of Interest:

  1. Shepherd’s Knoll
  2. Huckleberry Hill
  3. Poppy Hills Golf Course
  4. The Inn & Links at Spanish Bay
  5. Spanish Bay
  6. The Restless sea
  7. Point Joe
  8. China Rock
  9. Bird Rock Hunter course
  10. Bird Rock
  11. Seal Rock Picnic area
  12. Spy Golf Hill Golf Course
  13. Fanshell Overlook
  14. Cypress Point Lookout
  15. Crocker Grove
  16. The Lone Cypress
  17. The Ghost tree
  18. Pescadero Point
  19. The Lodge at Pebble beach
  20. Peter Hay Golf course
  21. Pebble beach equestrian center

Spanish Bay

Spanish Bay was the first stop that we made along the 17-Mile Drive, with a big parking lot. We strolled through the snow-white sand dunes along the craggy coastline.

Spanish Bay

Spanish Bay
Spanish Bay with Picnic spots.

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Restless Sea:

The ocean always seems restless. These waves looking like they’re scuffling with each other. I loved it.

Restless Sea
Restless Sea

Restless Sea

Point Joe:

Early Mariners mistook this Point joe with entrance to Monterey Bay.

Point Joe

Point Joe
Point Joe

China Rock:

This place is where Chinese fishermen lean-tos against the rocks for their homes in late 1800s to early 1900s. Now, it’s a great place to climb the rocks and has scenic views of the coast.

China Rock
China Rock

17 mile drive

Bird Rock:

This landmark is home to countless shorebirds and groups of harbor seals and sea lions. The only restroom along the 17-Mile Drive is at Bird Rock.

Bird Rock
Bird Rock

Picnic Area

Seal Rock Picnic Area:

Seal Rock is a gorgeous small beach area and a popular spot for Harbor Seals to hang out close to the shore.

Seal Rock Picnic Area

Spyglass Hill Golf Course:

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Cypress Point Lookout:

Cypress Point Lookout

There were many cypress trees spread out along various points in the drive.

Cypress Tree

Cypress Tree

Crocker Grove:

The 13-acre nature preserve harbors numerous species of native pine and cypress.

Crocker Grove

The Lone Cypress:

The Lone Cypress is more than 250 years old. It might be the most photographed tree in entire 17-mile drive. It’s a marketing tool, a registered trademark, a Western icon of the Pebble beach company.

Lone Cypress
Lone Cypress

You would love this drive if you like nature & wildlife photography.

17 mile Drive






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