Though it’s known as a golfer’s paradise, there’s plenty to do in Pebble Beach. There’s something for everyone to do! Enjoy the outdoors, browse art and antiques, eat fresh, delicious food, or shop at one-of-a-kind boutiques.
Traverse the Iconic 17-Mile Drive
The 17-Mile Drive is one of the most beloved things to do in Pebble Beach. As one of the most scenic routes in the US, you’ll be treated to some truly magnificent views. When you enter the red-dotted line of 17-Mile Drive, be prepared to be awed by mesmerizing vistas of seas and cliffs, powder-white beaches, otherworldly forests, and world-renowned golf courses.
Be sure to stop and admire the 250-year-old Lone Cypress, the most photographed tree in America. The towering trees at Crocker Grove will spark your imagination. The untouched Fanshell Beach will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a delicious secret. Be sure to stroll the boardwalk at Spanish Point.
Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Every “Best Things to do in Pebble Beach” list includes a trip to Cannery Row/Monterey Bay Museum!
It was once a “rough-and-tumble” area of canning factories on a waterfront street bordering Pacific Grove. John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name breathed new life into a once “colorful” piece of the area’s history.
It is now a premier destination featuring delicious eateries, shops and boutiques for all interests. Also, fun activities for the whole family, a variety of accommodations, and of course, its most important attraction, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit organization known for its focus on the marine habitats of the local area, it was the first aquarium to feature a living kelp forest on its opening in 1984. Today, the aquarium hosts more than two million visitors and features a vast array of programs and activities for marine enthusiasts of all ages.
Shopping in Carmel-by-the-Sea
A little retail therapy is always on the menu of best things to do! A treasure trove of independent shops, it’s easy to lose an afternoon or two wandering around this delightful city by the sea. Here are some of our favorites:
Ms Fabulous – fashionable clothes that won’t break the bank because let’s face it, we could all use a little more fabulousness!
Mission Jewelry – one-of-a-kind pieces to treasure as a memento of your vacation.
The Cheese Shop – because what says vacation better than a melt-in-your-mouth block of cheese and a beautifully paired wine?
Diggidy Dog – because whose doggo doesn’t hold the biggest place in their hearts?
Cafe Carmel – is there ever a bad time for coffee and a treat?
Visit Vineyards and Tasting Rooms
A visit to the area vineyards simply must be on your list of things to do in the Pebble Beach area. Well-known for its viticulture, your visit could not be complete without going to a couple of the area’s favorite wineries. In no particular order, here are our picks:
Windy Oaks Carmel Tasting Room
Hike at Point Lobos or Big Sur
You’ll feel like you’re in a children’s fairy tale as Point Lobos leads you through the thick groves of a Cypress forest. The path leads you to hidden coves and beaches, and your eyes will marvel at the azure and emerald Pacific Ocean.
For possibly an even more dramatic landscape, take the drive along the coast to Big Sur, taking in the scenery as magnificent as you’ve seen, heard, and read. Meander along the hiking trails at Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park before enjoying a meal at one of the hillside restaurants with mesmerizing ocean views, such as Nepenthe, Big Sur River Inn, or the Post Ranch Inn.
Golf is Always one of the Best Things to do in Pebble Beach
Of course, no mention of the best things to do in Pebble Beach could be complete without golf! Pebble Beach Golf Links has been consistently rated as the #1 golf course in the country and best of all, it’s open to the public!
Of course, if you’d rather not pay the $595 greens fee, there are alternatives in the area. Check out:
Spyglass Hill Golf Course – while still part of the Pebble Beach Golf Links family of courses, greens fees are somewhat less expensive.
The Hay – is a 9-hole short course, perfect for a busy day.
Poppy Hills Golf Course is not associated with Pebble Beach Golf Links
Whale Watching Tours
There’s little more exciting than catching a glimpse of wildlife in its natural habitat, particularly when that wildlife is as rare and majestic as a whale. Relatively few people in the world have had the privilege of this incredible sight. If you’d like to count yourself among that exclusive club, be sure to book one of the area year-round whale watching tours, such as the following:
Oceanic Expeditions Whale Watch
Looking for a place to stay on your adventure in the Pebble Beach area? Check out our selection of vacation rental homes to find the perfect accommodations for your family or group!