Review: 17 Mile Drive

There are multiple gates that enter into 17 Mile Drive. One convenient gate coming from Monterey is at 2032 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove.


17 Mile Drive is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world. However, while cars must pay a fee to enter the gates of 17 Mile Drive, cyclists can get in for free! Biking not only helps you to take in the beauty of 17 Mile Drive while still going green, but it’s also economically advantageous. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of these beautiful stops:

The Lone Cyprus: The Lone Cypress is one of California’s most well known landmarks. The Lone Cypress has managed to survive on its rocky perch for over 250 years, and makes for a beautiful photograph.

Fanshell Overlook: Each year, harbor seals returned to the beach below Fanshell Overlook to bear their young. This stop is closed from April 1 to June 1 to protect the seals from tourist disturbance during pupping season.

Spanish Bay: Explorer Don Gaspar de Portela camped at Spanish Bay in 1769 during his search for Monterey Bay. Today, Spanish Bay serves as a nice stop for a picnic lunch.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach: The Lodge at Pebble Beach was built in 1919 and serves as the lodge for the Pebble Beach Golf Links.


Take Caltrain to the San Jose Caltrain Station. From there, walk to Cahill/Diridon Station and take Bus 79 towards Monterey.

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