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The North Coastal Portion of the 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, California

One place to begin the famous 17-mile drive is at the Pacific Grove Gate. It passes through the Spanish Bay development in the dunes, then along a short stretch of low rocky coastline backed by golf courses.

After following the coastline to Carmel the scenic drive climbs through the Del Monte Forest to Huckleberry Hill.


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Spanish Bay

Spanish Bay

Spanish Bay has a long sandy beach, accessible from the Asilomar state conference facility.

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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Point Joe on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Point Joe on the Seventeen Mile Drive

The viewpoint at Point Joe on the Seventeen Mile Drive is hemmed in by the golf course - the stairway to the rocky beach is for golfers not tourists.

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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Beach near Bird Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Beach near Bird Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

In summer several tiny beaches are accessible along the Seventeen Mile Drive, but in winter high surfs often sweeps almost to the roadway.

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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Bird Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Bird Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Bird Rock lives up to its name with thousands of noisy sea birds.

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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China Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

China Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Another popular stop on the Seventeen Mile Drive is at China Rock.

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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Near Seal Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Near Seal Rock on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Seal Rock is just south of Bird Rock and is covered with basking sea lions in summer.

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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Seal Rock Beach on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Seal Rock Beach on the Seventeen Mile Drive

Sugar-white sand in the cove near Seal Rock.

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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Huckleberry Hill Botanical Area

Huckleberry Hill Botanical Area

A rare species of manzanita, two species of pines, and Gowen cypress occur in the Huckleberry Hill Botanical Area

17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach, California

Date photographed: May 20, 2012
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