The 17-Mile Drive

Point Joe

Early mariners often crashed on these rocks after mistakenly setting their course for this point, believing that it was the entrance to Monterey Bay.

Bird Rock

This stately landmark is home to countless shorebirds and groups of harbor seals and sea lions. We couldn't figure out why the birds were grouping on this rock, and none of the countless others in the area. Who knows - it may just be a popular hangout in the shorebird world.

Fanshell Overlook

The pure white sand of the beach is irrestible to harbor seals, who each spring return to bear their young. This area is closed during the harbor seal pupping season, April 1 to June 1 to give the seals a little privacy.

Cypress Point Lookout

For over one hundred years, this point has been a preferred view of the dramatic Pacific coastline. Just like some of the other areas on the 17 Mile Drive, this area closes for harbor seal pupping season.

Harbor Seals at Cypress Point

These guys were just out sunning, completely oblivious to the rest of us snapping photos!

The Lone Cypress

As one of California's most endearing landmarks, the Lone Cypress has prevailed on its rocky perch for over 250 years. This icon of fortitude has inspired many and is revered as the eternal symbol of Pebble Beach Company.

The Ghost Tree

With a trunk bleached white from wind and sea spray, this unique Monterey cypress has a sinister silhouette worthy of examination. It's just a few steps from Pescadero Point.

Pescadero Point

This location marks the northern-most point of Carmel Bay and Stillwater Cove. In fact, this point is visible from Carmel beach - something we didn't realize at first.

The End of the Drive

Pescadero Point also marks the end of the drive, and is one of the most beautiful places that you'll find along the way. The 17 Mile Drive can become crowded in places, so you must have a little patience. A tour bus or two may even snarl traffic for a bit. The views are worth it, though.

One final bit of advise. Drive up to Pacific Grove and start the Scenic Drive next to the ocean - you'll soon be dropped at the Pacific Grove gate, and the scenery starts immediatley. On a previous trip, we went in the Highway Gate up by Hwy 1, and it contains a tedious drive through many neighborhoods. We'd rather have the ocean any day of the week!

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