The Monterey Peninsula was one of the places that surprised us the most on our trip along the Pacific coast – an awe-inspiring place views, especially along the 17-mile drive. There are many stops along the way with every view more breathtaking than the last, which is probably the longest we’ve covered 17 miles of runway. The drive from San Jose to Monterey took over an hour.
After breakfast at Caramel, we go out Spanish Gulf Beach. The The lovely boardwalk takes you across the dunes quickly, but your bare feet will thank you for stepping on the fine white sand. The water was very cold and the currents strong, so we just dipped our toes and looked out at the vast blue landscape as a group of surfers enjoyed the big waves.
Our next stop is Sea does not rest is one of the turbulent stretches along this stretch of coast. The waves continuously crash into each other and form a cluster of semi-submersible rocks, giving the seawater an almost frenetic yet hypnotic quality. The lush sounds of the ocean and the fresh breeze here will always leave you feeling energized.
At point Joe, Some sailors who first arrived in the area thought it was the entrance to Monterey Bay when the actual entrance was further north. Unfortunately because that happened here several shipwrecks. A little further from Point Joe, is China Rock The place in the 1800s used to be a Chinese fishing village.
Seal Rock,is a long narrow sandy beach at the mouth of Seal Rock Creek. You will probably hear Sea Lions before you see them because they can make loud sounds.
Bird stone is another popular stop along the 17-mile driveway. This single large rock is like a magnet for birds. Look out there at any time of the day, and you’re sure to see a large flock of birds perched on top, with Seals and sea lions are burping enjoying the gentle wave of water spray. On clear days, this entire rock is covered with a mosaic of these fascinating sea creatures.
Icon Lone Cypress vista offers an opportunity for the best landscape photos. This is a Monterey cypress that is about 250 years old, and for the past 65 years, cables have kept it in place. An artificial retaining wall holds onto tree roots, attempting to preserve what has become an iconic symbol of Monterey’s beauty. And if you love succulents, they are found all over the Monterey Peninsula, in every type, size, and shape imaginable. It’s an absolute paradise for a succulent enthusiast! When you have these kids, who needs grass?
Our next stop is Point Pescadero where Erie died white, barren cypress trees are scattered around the landscape including a tree dubbed the Witch Tree. There are reports of seeing a ghost here – a Lady in Lace wandering in the fog. Maybe she keeps coming back to see the killers?
There are over 21 attractions and even more amazing sights and sights to explore within a 17-mile drive. No matter how many times you come back, it is always gorgeous, fascinating and brings you new wonders!