"Monterey Magic!" Monterey by spgood301

Monterey Travel Guide: 976 reviews and 2,994 photos

Welcome to the Monterey Peninsula, one of California and America's treasures. Have some seafood, play a round of golf, take a deep breath and enjoy one of the most breathtaking places on earth.

Doin' the 17 Mile Drive

If you ever visit the Monterey Peninsula, you must do the 17 Mile Drive, on the Pebble Beach property. Enter at one of 3 gates: Pacific Heights (just past Monterey), Carmel or by Route 1.

The Drive takes you by some of the world's greatest golf courses, beautiful homes (people actually live here!), and the most breathtaking coastline you'll ever see. Whoever or whatever created this masterpiece sure knew how to awe us!

The Drive has some 18 cutoffs where you can get out and take all the pictures you want. There are a few beaches, you can picnic... or just chill out, listen to and watch the most amazing show you'll ever see-and it's all live!

While you're there, make sure you check out all of the wildlife: many species of birds, seals and sea lions in season, and other animals. Many don't mind you hanging out with them a bit-just don't feed them!

And make sure you see the Lone Cypress. It's 250 years old, older than the whole country! Yeah, it's getting up in age now, but so majestic. I hope it stands forever.

The 17 Mile Drive, and the Monterey Peninsula-truly "God's Country"!!!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Some of the best scenery & wildlife you'll ever see-WOW!!!
  • Cons:Parts of Monterey can get a little crowded
  • In a nutshell:When you're in California, you gotta go there!
  • Last visit to Monterey: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 7, 2005
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  • mizzzthanggg's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    beautiful photos!! r they really from 1969? what do the coastlines look like now?

  • Bilimari's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2006 at 8:54 AM

    Ah, you always look at the blight side, don't you? :) If it keeps raining like this, soon I can scuba dive in our basement. :))

  • kymbanm's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2006 at 7:41 PM

    Perhaps it's related to all the flushed baby alligators .. or just the sheer quantity of fluching in general :)

  • Katmosphere's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2006 at 7:43 PM

    Yes!! That is going to be AWESOME!!

  • kiely's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2006 at 8:52 AM

    99!!! luke and the cats say hi!!

  • sinequanon's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2006 at 10:21 AM

    then you MUST meet with my friend Elissa (pigletsmom in vt)! I will tell her too! then you can both come here and the three of us go island hopping;-) actually I like the city empty:-)

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2006 at 8:44 PM

    Lovely place! Very nice page...I'd like to see the sea lions too. Happy birthday from Finland, Sini

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2005 at 11:05 AM

    Beautiful Monterey Page...Guess this will be aded to my "road trips before I die" list.

  • travelgirl3's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2005 at 1:51 PM

    Hi Steve, Interesting Monterey page. I've spent some time in SoCal too, but have missed Monterey. Penny

  • Tugboatguy's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2005 at 12:09 AM

    HI Steve, Great pages. yes, sea lions are eared pinnipeds, seals are not. There is a really big sea lion on my neighborhood album page. Doug


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