Pebble Beach Travel Guide

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Pebble Beach Highlights

  • Pro
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     One of the world's great scenic drives 

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     Wealthy homes are encroaching on the unique ecosystem 

  • In a nutshell
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     The best views on Earth!! 

Pebble Beach Things to Do

  • WORLD FAMOUS 17 MILE DRIVE

    The one and only world famous 17 mile drive is a private toll road and is located throughout the Pebble Beach and Del Monte Forest area of Carmel. It is one of the most beautiful sights to visit, with the landscapes of land and sea meeting each other in rocky magnificence.Within this area are world class golf courses, such as the Pebble Beach Golf...

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  • Seal Rock and Beach Birthing Station

    I've included this tip in the pebble beach area of the tips since the seal rock and the harbor seal beach for exclusive use of harbor seals and birthing station is located in the pebble beach part of the 17 mile drive. The area is near the world famous lone cypress tree.The 17-Mile Drive is a 17 miles (27 km) long scenic loop having five entrances,...

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  • Go to Carmel By the Sea

    Carmel By The Sea is just a few miles south of Pebble Beach and while driving along the 17 mile drive, you can take the Carmel exit of the 17 mile drive to go to this quaint artistic and luxe shopping town. Please See my Tips on Carmel at my Carmel pages.Carmel By the Sea is a quaint town in the Monterey Peninsula, located about 90 miles north of...

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Pebble Beach Restaurants

  • Roy's (The Inn at Spanish Bay)

    Pebble Beach is home to many of the Monterey Peninsula's classiest and most expensive restaurants, and Roy's at Spanish Bay is no exception. Roy's was started by Japanese-born Roy Yamaguchi back in 1988 in Hawaii, and it specializes in “Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine” which is mostly seafood, but also with a little beef. Today there are 34 Roy's,...

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  • The Tap Room (The Lodge at Pebble Beach)

    Halfway through our afternoon on 17 Mile Drive, we stopped at the Lodge at Pebble Beach for lunch. The Stillwater Bar & Grill (with its view over Stillwater Beach and Carmel) was full, with a 20-minute wait, and Club XIX was closed for lunch. We decided to eat at the more casual Tap Room.The Tap Room offers a variety of sandwiches and salads for...

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  • Sorry, Members Only

    The numerous country clubs at Pebble Beach have memberships costing many tens of thousands of dollars. At least one club charges $30,000- per year in addition to the cost of becoming a member. Membership is limited, so purchasing membership means buying from a member who no longer needs membership. Some of the clubs do have publich access for a...

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Pebble Beach Nightlife

  • Traps and Sticks

    Traps and Sticks are the two bars at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. I have never been to Sticks, but Traps is a fancy little bar with a big fireplace, historic photos on the walls, and expensive drinks. I have stopped into Traps two or three times for drinks, and the place is always pretty quiet, usually with just a few individuals and maybe a small...

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  • Sunset Bagpiper at Spanish Bay

    Spanish Bay's Terrace Lounge is a great spot to catch a sunset over the Pacific Ocean. The Lounge has a comfortable inside area with huge plate glass windows, a fireplace, and some live music, along with a huge outdoor area with six or eight massive gas fire pits with concrete benches. Both are considered the same bar, despite offering completely...

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Pebble Beach Transportation

  • Drive to Pebble Beach

    If you are from the San Francisco bay area, Driving to the Monterey Bay area, particularly to the World Famous Pebble Beach is a 1 1/2 hour drive if you would not have a restroom break via US 101 South then to CA 156 and finally to the Cabrillo Highway (CA Highway 1). it is located 125 miles south of san francisco, just after monterey and pacific...

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  • Rent the Car...

    In America, the thought of adequate public transportation gets thwarted frequently. Public attractions sometimes become inundated with private vehicles, however if there is no other alternative, it happens.If you are heading to Pebble Beach, you will not have too much choice in the matter. It is not located close enough to a major airport to make a...

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  • Airport Options

    If you are looking at flying into Pebble Beach, you have a couple options. 3 major airports, and one regional jet location are all easily accessible.Major International - SFO San Francisco (111 miles away)Minor International - OAK Oakland (110 miles away)Minor International - SJC San Jose (80 miles away)Regional Airport - MRY Monterey (8 miles...

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Pebble Beach Shopping

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    The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the main center of commercial activity in the 17 mile drive. The Lodge at Pebble Beach envelopes the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links and has a hundred plus upscale rooms plus suites, small number of shops, a wine store and some restaurants within the premises. It is here in the 18th hole were the climax of previous American Open Championships and US PGA Sanctioned Tour Golf Tournaments ends and they even have a faux US Open Champion Claret Jug you can have your picture taken hehehe. The also have a small assortment of Luxe Shops that sells mainly sports related items like mizuno golf clubs or Titeleist, Jack nicklaus accessories, organic market, golf wear, some restaurants and more.

    Opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday

    What to buy: I only bought some souvenir t-shirts and refrigerator magnets and shot glass but their on the high side of $ 30 for the t-shirt, $ 9.99 for the ref magnet and $ 11.99 for the shot glass.

    The shops According to their website:

    Among the shops there are:

    The Pro Shop at Pebble Beach
    Adjacent to the first tee of the world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links, this luxury golf shop offers the best in golf apparel, equipment, accessories and shoes.
    (831) 622-8799
    The Men's Shop at Pebble Beach
    Featuring the finest in men’s apparel and accessories from around the world, the shop provides personal wardrobe consultations, ideal for guests looking to perfect their style for settings ranging from casual to elegant. Personal shoppers provide world-class service while outfitting guests with the finest clothing, handcrafted accessories, shoes, small leather goods and much more.
    (831) 622-6545
    The Lone Cypress Shop
    The largest selection of Pebble Beach logo items at the Resort. Stylish men’s golf apparel, golf accessories, and an assortment of great gift items.
    (831) 625-8544
    Pebble Beach Women’s Shop
    Featuring the latest in fashion and style, the Pebble Beach Women’s Shop has everything a woman needs to look and play her best. Choose from the best in fashion, shoes, and accessories.

    What to pay: maxx out your platinum or titanium credit card!

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Pebble Beach Local Customs

  • Pebble Beach Shot Glasses

    not only do i collect assorted fridge magnets of my local and international travels but i also collect shot glasses which I sometimes use to take a shot of tequila heheh (thank you patron!) and here in pebble beach area of the 17 mile drive, home of the world famous Pebble beach golf course, near monterey, is no different hehehe. you can buy these...

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  • Pebble Beach Fridge Magnets

    again, as everyone knows, I like to collect fridge or refrigerator magnets on all of the places that I visit whether local or international and going to monterey is no exception. you can have a variety of refrigerator magnets and other souvenirs that you can buy them when you have a side tour of the 17 mile drive and the world famous pebble beach...

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  • Be like a local--build an expensive...

    The average house sales price in Pebble Beach last year was $4.5 million, up from just $1.4 million two years earlier. While the housing market has obviously gone up, you will also see various houses bought and then rebuilt as giant mansions. Some properties, such as one recently listed on Pescadero Point, ask for $28 million or probably even...

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Pebble Beach Warnings and Dangers

  • 17 MILE DRIVE OVERALL WARNING AND...

    Warning. It cost money to take the 17 Mile Drive and you pay the fee ($10) at the entrance toll gates.Warning. Don't read the road guide map while driving. You may wind up in a sand trap. Warning. Make sure that if you pull off the road leave room for cars to pass.Warning. The speed limit is 25 mph throught the Del Monte Forest area and you may...

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  • Watch for Animals

    Like other areas of the Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach is full of a variety of wildlife. The obvious ones are the seals and black cormorants at aptly named seal rock and bird rock, which have their dangers if you decide to jump in the ocean and wrestle with them. Though you'll rarely spot otters on this unprotected ocean coast, land-based animals...

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  • Stay off the rocks and out of the water!

    In past generations it was possible to climb down the rocks and pick off a huge abalone shell and take it home for culinary delight. Now, such harvest is impossible due to the low likelyhood of finding such a sized shell, and the fact that such harvesting along Pebble Beach is illegal. Please allow the sea otters this delicacy. If you want to eat...

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Pebble Beach Tourist Traps

  • The Lone Cypress

    While the Lone Cypress has existed on this rocky perch for over 250 years, if it were not for a corporation hijacking this image as their logo, no one would ever think of stopping at this parking lot. I have heard the Lone Cypress is copyrighted as in no photographs for any professional/money making purpose. If that were the case, all images would...

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  • 17-Mile Drive

    The nine dollar 17-Mile Drive (really only 9 miles along the water) is a huge tourist destination. On busy days in the summer traffic is backed up almost as bad as rush hour on the George Washington Bridge, but luckily only one lane in each direction. Popular photo spots such as the Lone Cypress and Bird Rock are often packed full of cars with...

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  • Private Community Fee

    Pebble Beach is an exclusive private community, which means that you are required to pay an entrance fee of $9 USD (as of April 2007) to enter and take the 17 mile drive, or even to just visit Pebble Beach Golf Links. There are a couple of ways to avoid this however. #1 - You could walk from Carmel Beach into the community, therefore avoiding the...

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Pebble Beach What to Pack

  • April Weather Report

    April in Northern California can be tricky. Its sort of like Forrest Gump's saying... "you never know what you are going to get". I was perfectly comfortable in shorts and polo shirts, however a nice pair of spring pants would do you well. You also may get a shower or two, so a windbreaker/waterbreaker jacket would serve you well. I definitely...

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  • Packing List

    Clothes? What clothes?? Unless you're really, really rich, I don't think you'll be staying here... In that case, who needs to pack along extra clothings? :-)) Ah, this - you MUST bring along! So, DON'T FORGET to bring along at least ONE camera!!! You just never know who you'll meet here!!!! Hint, Hint, HINT..... DON'T forget to bring along your...

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Pebble Beach Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the rugged north california coast

    This is the Pebble Beach County Park, Sonoma County along the northern California coast and not the famous golfing destination. It is, however, one of the six Sonoma coastal gems available to the public. A short trail will take you to a small beach, rocky headlands, and surf. If you are driving north along the coast after sampling the wine country,...

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  • Go To Paso Robles

    If you are Going to the Hearst Castle from Pebble Beach and has a Multi-Day Vacation and wanting to go Back to the San Francisco Bay area via a Different Route, then Visit Paso Robles.Paso Robles Wineries are just about a 45 minute drive from San Simeon via Highway 46 east. Visiting the fable Hearst Castle in San Simeon at the Central Coast of...

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  • Go To Big Sur

    if you are visiting the Hearst Castle Historical State Park after a walk through of Monterey and Carmel, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach with lost of spare time or having 2 to 3 day extra time, I would suggest a timely stop along Big Sur and the historic Highway 1 that straddles the Santa Lucia Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean for spectacular...

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Pebble Beach Sports & Outdoors

  • Play Golf

    Playing Golf at Pebble Beach is the most popular activity in the area and is every Golfer's Wet Dream! the area has 8 golf links and has everything for every budget and the cheapest is at the Spy Glass Hill Golf Links and the most expensive is at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. A round of golf will cost $ 250 to $ 500 a game excluding the caddies and...

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  • play golf.

    if you are a golfer then pebble beach is thone of those things to do in life.all the big shots in gold has played here several times so why shouldn't you do it too. golf clubs and golf balls will be an advantage when attempting this sport :O)

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  • AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

    Every year pro golfers such as Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, and Vijay Singh grab their golf bags and step out onto the Pebble Beach courses paired with George Lopez, Dan Marino, Chris Berman, Kevin Costner, and even Kenny G. This one-of-a-kind meeting of pro golfers and celebrities traces its roots back to 1937 when Bing Crosby had his first...

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Pebble Beach Favorites

  • Golf Links

    Pebble Beach Became World Famous not because of the wonderful views around the site but due to the Popularity of Golf Being Played in the area so that at present, there are 8 golf links located along the area for any type of budget and is the site of Many US Opens (which is one of the 4 Major golf Tournaments Around the world with the US Masters...

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  • Cypress Point Golf Club

    Cypress Point, the "Sistine Chapel of Golf," is the most exclusive golf course in Pebble Beach. Designed by noted golf course architect Alister MacKenzie in 1928, it features a stunning array of holes along--and even over--the Pacific Ocean. Cypress Point is believed to have been inspired by MacKenzie's favorite course, St. Andrews in Scotland....

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  • Pebble Beach Golf Links

    The Pebble Beach Corporation owns three courses in the Pebble Beach community--Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay--as well as the Del Monte Golf Course in nearby Monterey. Pebble Beach Golf Links is the company's landmark course, widely recognized as one of the best places for golf in America. The course was constructed in 1919 and has hosted...

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