Starting in Monterey, the 17-mile drive moves along the coast heading all the way into Carmel-by-the-Sea. On the way, you have the option of stopping in Pacific Grove, which is worth a very short stop. Part of the 17-mile drive also goes through the Pebble Beach area before entering Carmel. The drive is a beautiful way to spend your time cruising along the road as you make your way towards Carmel. From Monterey to Carmel, there are many interesting things to see that are worth the effort, and many things that after seeing, you'll be glad you didn't pass up.
The only drawback of the whole thing is that once you get to the Pebble Beach area, you have to pay to enter and continue on. If it weren't for the scenery and Seal Rock along the 17-mile road and the possibility of watching seals give birth during particular times of the year, I'd say just pass it up.
You just have to drive along Highway 1, south of Monterey, towards Big Sur. Along the way, you'll have to stop because of the breathtaking vistas. Keep your eyes open for trailheads, and stop for a little hike.
Pebble Beach and the seventeen mile drive toll is expensive, you might wonder if it’s worth the trip. I believe so, you will see sea lions and otters, terrific homes and lands, a glimpse at the rich and famous, ...
Lucia is a Small Hamlet in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range at the Winding and Scenic Highway 1 and is bannered by a small lodge and restaurant where there are spectacular views of the pacific Ocean and they have a 10 room lodge for people who want to savor the view and have some privacy. While primarily a motel and lodge on the side of the road, this is a nice place to stop and rest for a while. You can stop in at gift and convenience store and pick up something to eat at the tables, or even stop in at the restaurant.
address: 62400 Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
From the North:
Big Sur Valley - 22 miles
Monterey / Carmel - 48 miles
San Jose / Silicon Valley - 110 miles
San Francisco - 180 miles
From the South:
Hearst Castle - 38 miles
Cambria - 50 miles
Morro Bay - 70 miles
San Luis Obispo - 85 miles
Santa Barbara - 180 miles
according to their website:
Lucia Lodge is an historic cliff-side resort located in the heart of the Big Sur coast.
The lodge was constructed on a secluded stretch of Coast Highway One in the 1930’s by the Harlan family, which settled the area in the latter half of the 19th century. Today Lucia Lodge is run by the 5th generation of the Harlan clan and enjoys the same level of peace and solitude prevalent from the beginning.
Ten updated cabins and rooms, family style indoor/outdoor dining, and a quaint country store await you. A gift shop within the store carries arts & crafts from local artisans.
Lucia Lodge is located adjacent to highway one in the village of Lucia, 50 miles south of Carmel, California, and 40 miles north of San Simeon / Cambria, California (home to Hearst Castle). You can make a reservation to stay in one the cliff-side cabins or ocean view rooms… stop in just for lunch or dinner, or visit the store/gift shop.
Lucia lodge is famous for its close proximity to the ocean. No other Big Sur resort gets you this close to the sea. The lodge is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Big Sur coastline and the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains. The cabins are situated along a southwest facing cliff 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean which offers an unparalleled view of the Big Sur coast.
There is a large deck adjoining the restaurant where you can take in a home-cooked meal and view the whales swimming along their migration path. Or, enjoy the ocean view from inside the historic restaurant while enjoying fireside dining.
The location of Lucia is also a perfect launching point for exploring the rest of Big Sur. Check out the links on this site to familiarize yourself with the wildlife, locate great day hikes and nearby beaches, or find fun locations to visit… all within 10 minutes by foot, to an hour’s reach by car.
The golf course staff doesn't seem to mind if you want to walk the Pebble Beach Golf Links. The best walk is down the eighteenth fairway (backwards) up the 17th hole, down the fourth and fifth hole to the back of the sixth green to the worlds most beautiful sight. Just make sure you walk in the rough, far away from the golfers and watch for ball flying towards you.
Along the 19 Mile Drive, we stopped to check out this 'experiment.' The county is, apparently, doing an experiment of using goats to remove excess weeds, rather than using chemicals.