17-Mile Drive
17-Mile Drive
4.5
About
Take in the stunning coastal scenery of Monterey along the 17-Mile Drive. This scenic road, which winds through Pebble Beach's gated community, offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and other natural landscapes. Amid the beautiful mansions and golf courses, you can see pelicans diving from sea stacks, have a refreshing dip at Fanshell Beach, and watch the seals and sea lions from the Pescadero Point lookout. And don't forget the iconic Lone Cypress tree. There is a toll for non-residents to access 17-Mile Drive, but you can get it reimbursed with a minimum spend at Pebble Beach. Consider a driving tour from San Francisco or a bike tour of Monterey's beautiful coastline. – Tripadvisor
Duration: < 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience 17-Mile Drive
See what travelers are saying
  • Honeylocket
    Wales, United Kingdom141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good
    Lovely drive, although can be quite busy and cost $11.50 Narrow roads wind along the coast around Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. Beautiful coastline and wildlife. Little access to beach as this is a marine reserve with nesting sites and special habitats. Recommend if you have time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • SallyPembrokeshire
    Wales, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic California
    Well worth a visit. We were fortunate enough to take a day trip along the coast and got to see the 17 Mile Drive by coach. Views were stunning over the coastal road. Set within an affluent area with marvellous mansions. We also got to stop off and see the Lone Cypress, (the famous tree) which gave good photo opportunities too!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Isabel O
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery, worth paying 12 bucks @ entrance.
    Worth paying 12 bucks at the entrance. Lovely scenery and very clear directions from the map you get at the gate. It takes about 3 hour drive, but we did a lot of stops in each station and took us 4 hours. Really worth our time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • W4KIM
    Boulogne-Billancourt, France16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Une magnifique visite 😍
    Notre visite était géniale ! 🤩 Le parcours est très riche et vaut le détour. On passe par des plages sublimes et la route dans la forêt est magnifique. On passe devant de très belles maisons qui font rêver. Je recommande vraiment de faire cette visite si vous passez par Monterey (Pacific Groove)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • FamilyTraveller
    620 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a trip if you have spare time
    This is worth a trip if you have spare time, especially if you’re a golf fan, but I don’t think it’s a “must do” and isn’t as spectacular as the Big Sur views. It took us a couple of hours. It’s $11.75 per car, but unfortunately the man at our entry point was very grumpy and rude (I have no idea why!). There are some good views of the coast line, and of sea lions on the rocks. There is also the opportunity to see the first tee of Pebble Beach and a good visitor centre there as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • JuliaRose
    North Carolina20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Interesting
    Thoroughly enjoyed. Easy with many pull offs that were not too crowded. Outstanding views of the beautiful blue water by the rocks and wild flowers, some places to get to the water, and of course the sunset. Enjoyed the shops and restaurants and seeing the courses and the cypress trees. The map at the gate was useful to know what to look for at each stop.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Alanna Campbell
    Mount Maunganui, New Zealand17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING
    What an AMAZING drive this was. Stopped off at multiple courses along the way so would give half a day or so if you’re committing to doing this. One of the best parts of our 6 week trip by far
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Debra F
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    This was my second time doing the 17 mile drive. My husband had never done the drive and I said he must see it. It is so magnificent. I love that they give you a brochure with all of the stops. The views are just breathtaking. It makes you appreciate the beauty we have in our country.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • food e
    Phoenix, Arizona978 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    How can this not be 5 stars
    The best place on the ca coast for views and upscale homes. Amazing drive and photos. Yes u need to understand seasonal and daily fog patterns. So suggestion plan to go two days and spend the time when sun is out. Amazing place protected like the earth intended. Sea life protected and now more fawn fenced off and protected. Wish housing growth would be stopped. The best though. Stevens high school is.amazing if u want a private education too. Lodge at pebble and slone cypress, ghost point, and spanish bay ect on and on. No on can say its not 5 stars.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful drive and beautiful stop points
    This is a very beautiful drive with plenty of stops to view the scenery or go for a walk or a swim in the (cold) ocean. The Lone Cypress is one of those "must stop and take a picture" spots. I'd also recommend stopping at the gift shop area, walking to and through the The Lodge and taking a walk on the sidewalk near the golf course and ocean. It is amazingly beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 27, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles12,722 reviews
Excellent
8,203
Very good
2,778
Average
1,124
Poor
362
Terrible
255

wendy L
Evanston, IL482 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Although this is without a doubt a beautiful drive - the fact that not all 17 miles are ocean front, and that it costs $10 to enter the drive, were facts that caught us a bit off guard. This is clearly an area yielding lots of tax dollars for keeping up the roads (think mansions, golf courses, etc.), and although it is really beautiful in places, much of it is through the woods and even along the ocean front you can do similar drives for free almost anywhere up and down the coast. The map you are given is also a bit vague when it comes to turns along the route, so we kept ending up having to turn around and go in a different direction due to a wrong turn. Having said all that, the stops we did enjoy were well worth the $10 to get there (especially Pebble Beach Golf Club and the Lone Cyprus venue). Be aware that on a busy day parking at some of the stops is limited, as many are merely pull-offs alongside the road. But this is a very enjoyable way to see the scenic Monterey and Carmel areas. Helpful tip: I would not recommend inexperienced bikers taking this route. The roads are narrow and drivers are often checking their maps to navigate, so it is risky for bikers who are also insecure on these roads. Pay your $10 and drive instead.
Written July 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

heumanntouch
Huntington Beach, CA1,115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I can not emphasis that if you are in the area that you would do yourself a disservice not going on the drive. There are so many stops and points of interest that the $10.50 price is the best value in town (bear in mind that is the car price not per person). WE went early and that was an excellent choice as when we were leaving the area it started to get very crowded.
Written February 25, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

simbadusty
Macomb, MI164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Very secenic drive with lots of places to stop and enjoy the beautiful views and take pictures. You enter into a private drive, pay a $10 fee and off you go. There are signs everywhere so you won't miss any of the stops. Great opportunity to see stunning views and nature at it's finest. Watched a 4some tee off on one of the most beautiful holes you will ever see right on water and took a tour of Pebble Beach. Took a good 4 hours to get thru everything but a must see and well worth the price of admission.
Written February 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nar M.
California27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Great slow drive, with an outstanding view. It cost $10 per vehicle to enter, which comes with a map. You can use three gates to enter. I DO NOT recommend using Gate 1, since it will take you through the residential area, and you will be driving for a while before you even get to the coastline. The better choices are either the Pacific Grove Gate or the Carmel Gate, which will take you directly to the coastline. Just make sure your passenger, if you have one, is paying close attention to the map, so you don't end up making the wrong turn somewhere. Anyway, have fun.
Written October 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Oded Sinai tour guide
Jerusalem, Israel15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
That place includes 17 stops and is running along the beach. It’s length is 17 miles and it costs about $10. It was difficult to sea seals and bird island is far. I waited near the tree for the sunset - it was nice. If you sre going there, enter not later than 4 hours before sunset , if you intend to stop.
Written January 27, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steven C
Martinez, CA501 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The sky was leaden and the wind blustering the day we drove the famous 17-Mle-Drive, which made us glad that the way to see it is to drive from lookout point to lookout point. And the threatening weather did not detract from the beauty of the drive in the least. I don't remember how many stops there are exactly, but our favorites were Bird Rock, where we tarried for several minutes watching gulls, cormorants, pelicans and more circling the rock and taking turns taking off and landing at its highest point; Restless Seas, a very interesting spot where prevailing currents come in from 2 different directions and meet, causing to waves to push up and break over one another; and of course Lone Cypress, which is as enigmatic in real life as it is in paintings and photos. Although it is not really alone- a line of cypress lead to the promontory on which it stands. On the day we were there Seal Rock was unfortunately not occupied, nor did we see any passing whales which are often spotted. Guess we'll have to visit again.
Give yourself time to drive slowly and spend a little while enjoying each spot; each has something to recommend it.
If you are not a resident or guest in the area, it costs about $10 per car to take the drive, but it's worth it.
Written February 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MangAndres
San Joaquin, CA698 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This is one of those places a person must experience in his/her lifetime. The sceneries are breathtaking and the route was well worth the $10.50 entrance fee. Plenty of things and places to see. One can even hike a little bit along the way. Plan to be in this area for about 4 - 6 hours if you want to stop at each of the 17 stops on the guide.
Written March 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Melody Ladeen Snow
Ocean Shores, WA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Along the rocky, curving shores of Monterey Bay lies a scenic drive of 17 miles. In the winter, migrating gray whales are visible from the shore. The rocky coastline is covered in sunbathing seals and sea lions. The skies are patrolled by cormorants and pelicans. Whales and dolphins showboat just off the shoreline. You’ll see an array of gulls, cormorants, and pelicans hovering above the coastline, as well as the Common Murre, Sooty Shearwater and Sanderling along Bird Rock. An array of California sea lions on the outer rocks, sea otters among swirling canopies of giant kelp in Headland Cove, wildflowers clinging to chinks ("bluff lettuce" at right) in the granite walls, and the delicate and harmless lace lichen bearding dead under story limbs. A mix of salt spray and wind make up the Pebble Beach perfume.
Written May 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

carmella m
260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
The park is magnificent. The point of interests are well marked. The road is easy to maneuver around and very clean. The view is magnificent. The entrance fee is inexpensive and if spend $35 at any restaurant the fee will be reimbursed.
Written May 4, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TankerBear
Dunfermline, UK153 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We never actually drove this section of the coastal highway as I was confused to find a stretch of road I had to pay for. I asked the security guard what was happening and he said we had to pay to drive down that section of road. I asked him if we could turn around and go another route, and he said yes.
All in all, a strange experience.
Written March 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 10,222
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

17-MILE DRIVE (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All Monterey HotelsMonterey Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Monterey
All things to do in Monterey
RestaurantsFlightsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars