It had been month’s to being quarantined and not going anywhere besides the grocery store. As soon as the government declared CA to open back up, we decided to pack our bags and go to monetary bay and Caramel-by-sea which has beautiful weather between June – September. We were afraid a lot of places would still be closed but were prepared do the 17mi drive and restore at the beaches. It is just something about the ocean which pulls me there.
17-Mile Drive : is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California, much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions. Admission to 17-Mile Drive is $10.50 per vehicle. The 17-Mile Drive gates are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Here is the Map linked for 17-mile drive.
Best Hotels In Monterey and Carmel
– Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
– Seven Gables Inn
– Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa
– Hyatt Carmel Highlands
– La Playa Carmel
– Bernardus Lodge & Spa
– L’Auberge Carmel
Things to do in Monterey Bay
– Cannery Row
– Fisherman’s Wharf
– Big Sur Adventures (rent and ride electric bikes through pacific grove) You can use the map to see the spots you want to stop at such as Lovers Point Beach, Perkins Park, Asilomar Beach.
– Book a spa at one of the hotel’s
Things to do in Carmel-by-the-sea
The only DOG FRIENDLY town in California! The best way experience this charming quaint town is to walk its beautifully maintained streets and avenues. Lots of local boutiques, shopping center, restaurants, cafe’s, local wineries and bars. It is also known as Best Destination for Shopaholics in California.
– caramel Beach for the sunset
Fun fact : There is no fast food restaurants in the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the city’s charming eateries and tasting rooms offer a full range of cuisine and wine tasting all within walking distance, so don’t forget to make reservations.
Few Courtyards & Secret Passageways in Caramel
– Secret Garden Passageway
– Cinderella Lane
– Plaza San Carlos & Passageway
– Court of the Golden Bough & Passages
– El Paseo Courtyard & Passageway
Last but not the least if you are in the mood to splurge make reservations at the pebble beach resort located on the golf course with different cafe’s and restaurants available by reservations only.
P.S – For everyone who believed HBO series Big Little Lies was shot in a cafe in Monterey Bay. I went hunting for this place and read a lot about it on the internet but I hate to break it to you all, no scenes were actually lensed there. All filming took place on set. As they claim they only took inspiration from this cafe which is rather a beautiful lunch spot “Paluca Trattoria”