As I stated in my Monterey blog post, we ended up loving Carmel more than Monterey. Carmel is a quieter beach town. Carmel is known for Pebble beach and the 17-Mile Drive. Most of the photos taken here and in my Monterey blog post were from the 17-Mile Drive. The drive takes you through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. The drive passes famous golf courses, mansions and scenic attractions. Some of the scenic attractions includes the Lone Cypress (see Lone Cypress photos from my Monterey blog post), Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees. The drive is absolutely stunning and you can’t go to Carmel without driving through.
Downtown Carmel has great shopping and restaurants. Even though we stayed in Monterey, we only had dinner in Carmel. We loved the downtown area. In addition, if you go inland, Carmel has great wineries. One of the days we spent wine tasting in Carmel Valley. Jeremy and my favorite hobbies are drinking wine, eating and shopping. So, Carmel ended up being the place for us!
At the end of our California Pacific Coast Highway drive vacation, we flew out of San Francisco back to Atlanta. As much as we were sad for our vacation to end, we were ready to come home. In all, I think we decided we are more Southern California folks because of the weather. But Northern California’s coastline and landscape is just stunning. You can’t go wrong with visiting any of the places we went to in California (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Big Sur, or Monterey). At the end of our trip we decided we could see our next move to somewhere in Southern California, like Los Angeles. The weather is spectacular, there is plenty to do, and it’s close to all of the other amazing places in California we went to on our vacation.