17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach $11.25 Entrance Fee, worth it?

$20 Million Oceanfront Mansions lines up the 17-Mile Drive of Pebble Beach California. Some even more. Will I pay an entrance fee to see them? No. My Son calls it, “Making the Rich richer scheme,” and I agree. But would I pay to experience its beautiful well cared beaches and surrounding Nature? Yes, without second thoughts on Capitalism. At this point, I would like to believe it is a steal deal to preserve and protect Nature for future generations to enjoy.

The Lone Cypress. It’s the most expensive and most guarded Cypress Tree in the World. It’s not really alone, visitors keep it company all day long at a safe distance. It made a choice to grow and survive alone on a rock facing the Ocean long time ago. Is it happy? Does it feel special? Has isolation from everyone made it resilient and at peace? I don’t know, we are not allowed to talk to the Lone Cypress. It is however a vision of beauty, envy and inspiration.
There is something extraordinary when we get to see the smallest of details unrecognizable to the naked eye of most. That in itself is a gift.
No one’s watching, so we jumped over the fence. We had to see what it looks like to be on the other side. And the other side was magnificent. There are details of the landscape that are not included in the $11.25 entrance fee. One has to be bold to take a risk to see it. We’re just lucky. It was close to Sunset. No Golfers and Security around.
It’s like Nature was paid to paint this. Colors of pink, yellows, green, beige and blue. I was not sure if they were wild flowers or just a work of a very good landscaper.
Tiger Woods gets to play here. But so can anyone if you are a Member or Resort Guest. Interested?

Golf Course of the Rich and Famous extend close to the Ocean, the views too distracting I don’t know how Golfers can seriously pay attention to the Golf Ball.

Towards Point Joe that is next to the Restless Sea.
These trees are the Ballerinas of the Monterey Peninsula. They follow the music of the wind. Long time ago, they dance for free. Then Men came to placed a price tag on them. Once they were free as they were created by God, then People came and played Gods. It’s just how the World works.
Carmel Beach along Carmel-by-the-Sea is free and also beautiful but Pebble Beach is wildly untamed and crazy gorgeous. So yes, I’ll pay to enter it’s World of Wonders.

At 1% tax, $20 Million Houses yearly tax is $200,000 which is way above any middle income salary to afford a piece of Paradise. So, the only way to enjoy the beaches of the Rich with its sugary fine white sands, turquoise waters and unique rock and pebble formations is to pay an entrance fee of $11.25. Is it worth it? For a Nature Lover and Beach Lover, it is.

Wife and I walked for a few minutes. It was also a very romantic place with the Sun’s golden rays glowing with warmth on every surface it reached.

We visited 17-Mile Drive at Pebble Beach last year. It links the 3 Coastal Cities of Monterey, Carmel and Pacific Grove creating its own zip code and community. Pebble Beach California History is just as amazing and glorious as its Nature Ocean views.

His tower. He was going for functionality with multiple dwellings to max out precious space. The higher, the more it can accommodate Californians who can’t afford the lowest single family houses in the market.
My Tower. I was going for artistic design and architecture that extends to Nature. In my dreams, it happens.

Why the name Pebble Beach? For obvious reason, the pebbles. They are everywhere but Spanish Bay is where visitors make towers of pebbles. It’s a fun activity that takes one’s mind away from the World and it’s many stresses. One can make Cities out of them.

Father and Son moment. Everything was perfect.
Our Twin Towers that will house Families from all over the World.

“Despite of the map and short cut instructions towards Pebble Beach, we got lost a few times. We started at the end and drove towards the beginning, then back. Perhaps it was meant to be. The experience was different and exciting, like it was our first time to be there. Same place, new moments. It was both a surprise and an adventure.

17-Miles of relaxation, Sun, surf, and fun is worth every cent. It’s a giveaway deal that I hope to experience again this Summer. This time I will set up our tent and picnic griller to enjoy the Paradise of the Rich just a bit longer.

Appreciate the details that many are too busy to see. Be thankful for time and people that made our happiness possible even if it only lasted for several hours to few days. Vacay is vacay. Blessing is blessing.

Have a blessed holy weekend to all. God is good and loves us all. Thank you for sharing your time, thoughts, kindness and adventures. Together, we created our own zip code and community in Word Press Blog. It’s number and name only our heart knows. It’s location? It constantly moves where our dreams wants to go.

These are my dreams and I’m sharing them with you. We don’t have to be rich to dream this beautiful. We don’t need a full basket to start sharing our blessings. God will take care of the humble and the generous.

“Blessed are the poor in Spirit for they shall inherit both Heaven and Earth.” God is correct.

About Island Traveler

Just a Man too curious where his dreams will take him.
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16 Responses to 17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach $11.25 Entrance Fee, worth it?

  1. My Rollercoaster Journey says:

    Lovely beach. Nice rock towers. The images are so professionally taken. Great post! Thanks for sharing. A pleasure to read your posts, as always.

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  2. Beautiful! Thanks for taking us on your journey. ❤️

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  3. Angelilie says:

    I many like your beautiful blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. See you soon.

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  4. I sometimes wonder how places like this even charge an entrance fee, shouldn’t nature be free for all to enjoy?


  5. Worth paying those $$, it’s just beautiful there. I remember my first time at Pebble Beach like 35 or more years ago, back than as a tourist from Germany in one of the rich houses front yard I spotted a giraffe, I couldn’t believe it, it presented an absolute wealth I had never imagined.

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  6. ourcrossings says:

    Wow such wonderful and colourful photos! Blessed with stunning scenery along the rugged Pacific coastline, California’s beaches sure are some of the best places to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation 🥰 Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter to you and your family 🥰 Aiva xx


  7. Sabrina says:

    I, too, get grumpy about paying fees to see the ocean. And still, I also pay! It looks gorgeous!


  8. I bet the beaches in heaven are all free, and all the best! A blessed Easter to you and yours, as well!


  9. Yes indeed, totally worth the cost! When we were there in 2019 there was no fee. We didn’t allow enough time, either. So someday I would be happy to go back! Absolutely beautiful photos! And happy Easter to you and your family! 🙏✝


  10. Ab says:

    I love that you took a risk and jumped over the fence and explored the other side. This is what makes life worth living. Thank you for sharing these moments and lovely photos with us!


  11. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Wonderful post! Invites to reflection, so beautiful photos! I love the lone Cypress.
    Thanks for share.

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