The Scenic 17 Mile Drive along the California Coast

On our recent trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, we were delighted to find that we were only a mile from the Scenic 17 Mile Drive which winds through the Pebble Beach area. It truly is a magnificent drive, especially along the coast. We did the drive thrice, and had very different experiences each time. The first time we drove by ourselves, and it was a sunny, perfect day with the bluest skies and water you could ever hope for. The second time we went with friends, and it was very foggy, and had a different type of beauty…almost forlorn, I would say. Our third drive was to famous Spanish Bay, where the first rate golf course closes each night with a Bagpiper, walking from the 3rd Hole to the Club, at sunset. I will say it is absolutely the best way to spend a sunset in Pebble Beach!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

The views on the 17 Mile Scenic Drive are fantastical!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Seal Island

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Incredible.

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Beautiful view point at Fantail Beach

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

otters!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

I could have stayed forever.

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Photo time!

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Each stop was more beautiful than the last.

The drive in the mist gave our second drive a mystical aura!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

This cottage has the most amazing roof, so bright in the sun!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Here is the bright cottage in the fog!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Our friend Don on the foggy shore.

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Long time friends! Our second trip together in the last two years, and I hope there will be many more!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

A bird flying toward Seal Island in the fog

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Randy and I at Spanish Bay, waiting for the sunset…and the bagpiper!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Jill and I call ourselves the Libra-Liberal-Twins…and we have for over 30 years! Yikes!

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Spanish Bay Resort, with fire pits and cocktails while waiting for the sunset.

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Jill waiting for the sunset

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Time to roost.

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

A beautiful beginning

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

The deepening sunset

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Every night at sunset a bagpiper closes the Spanish Bay Golf Course. It is a tradition worth seeing…and hearing.

17 mile scenic drive, pebble beach drive, spanish bay

Spanish Bay’s sunset was spectacular.

 

 

 

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life!
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  1. The 17 Mile Drive is one of my favorites. Love your pics especially the bagpiper. I will be sure to pin some.
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  2. Mary says:

    That is such a beautiful area of California and there is so much beauty on that 17 mile drive, no matter what the weather! I will say there is nothing quite like hearing the bagpipper come up from the beach. A truly magical expierence!
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  3. These photos are stunning. You should seriously consider a coffee table book of travel photso and another on water.
    This drive is one we are planning with our motorcycles. Seeing actual photos, I can’t wait.

  4. barbara free says:

    I agree with Doreen. I see both a scuba and land coffee table book in your future. Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful trip, with such beauty, and friendship. I love how you live life to the fullest!

  5. Sue says:

    Stunning photos Tam and I am partial to a piper! I’ve heard of Carmel by the Sea but have never visited during our trips to the US. I’m putting it on my list.

  6. I lived at the corner of 17 Mile Drive and Lighthouse in PG and then two blocks up from Spanish Bay in PG and also in Carmel. So it’s always fun to see check out your gorgeous images.

  7. These pictures are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them. I must make a trip to Carmel by the Sea!

  8. Leanne says:

    gorgeous photos as always Tam – I had to pin the piper and the sunset! Also great that you had wonderful friends to share it all with.

  9. Such a special place. We have so many of the same photos – although yours are much more professional looking!

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