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.
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.
The Cannery Row Monument, which pays homage to nine important characters that played pivotal roles in Cannery Row’s history.
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:
- Shepherd’s Knoll
- Huckleberry Hill
- Poppy Hills Golf Course
- The Inn & Links at Spanish Bay
- Spanish Bay
- The Restless sea
- Point Joe
- China Rock
- Bird Rock Hunter course
- Bird Rock
- Seal Rock Picnic area
- Spy Golf Hill Golf Course
- Fanshell Overlook
- Cypress Point Lookout
- Crocker Grove
- The Lone Cypress
- The Ghost tree
- Pescadero Point
- The Lodge at Pebble beach
- Peter Hay Golf course
- Pebble beach equestrian center
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.
The ocean always seems restless. These waves looking like they’re scuffling with each other. I loved it.
Early Mariners mistook this Point joe with entrance to Monterey Bay.
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.
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.
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.
Spyglass Hill Golf Course:
Cypress Point Lookout:
There were many cypress trees spread out along various points in the drive.
The 13-acre nature preserve harbors numerous species of native pine and cypress.
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.
You would love this drive if you like nature & wildlife photography.