Spanish Bay Beach
This beach is named after a 1769 landing by Spanish explorers who were looking for Monterey Bay. Due to some heavy exaggeration by a previous expedition it took them a whole year to find it, despite being less than 17 miles away. Can’t blame them for stopping here though, it’s a lovely white sand beach that’s a great place for a picnic or a stroll on the boardwalk trail.
Point Joe/ Restless Sea
The first in a series of turnouts along this rugged rocky coastline, Point Joe was home to a goatherd who sold trinkets to tourists in the early 1900’s. Looking out you can see crashing waves and rough seas caused by submerged rocks. Often mistaken for the mouth of Monterey Bay, Point Joe was once the scene of numerous shipwrecks.
Once the site of a 19th century Chinese fishing village, here you’ll find two scenic turnouts with parking and picnic benches.
This turnout features a restroom and picnic benches, making it a great place for a pit stop. Named after the offshore rock that houses scores of migrating and nesting seabirds, this is also a great place to spot seals and sea lions sunbathing.
Seal Rock Beach
Stop by this secluded beach at the mouth of Seal Rock Creek for a picnic or a walk. Nearby is Casitas deLemos, also known as The Gingerbread House, the former residence of artist, architect, and educator Pedro deLemos.
This lovely little stretch of beach is a popular haul out spot for harbor seals, who come in the spring to give birth and raise their pups. Privacy fencing is put up from March through June to protect the mothers and their young.
Cypress Point is home to a very exclusive, members only golf course. Nearby Sunset Point Overlook faces the southwest and is one of the best places in Pebble Beach to catch a sunset, as well as get a good view of a neighborhood of mansions built during the roaring twenties.
This grove is home to some of the largest and oldest Monterey Cypress trees in existence and is part of one of only two Monterey Cypress forests in the world.
The Lone Cypress
Here you’ll find the living symbol of Pebble Beach itself, a native Monterey Cypress taking root on a rocky outcrop. This magnificent symbol of tenacity was seeded sometime around 1750 and is likely older than the United States. This stop can get pretty crowded so snag a parking spot where you can and get some great pics with this iconic background.