Old Mar 5, 03, 6:57 am
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What to do?! I am very interested in nature and avoiding the tourist masses if that's possible in July. I would love some tips on what's a 'must see/do'.. Thanks!
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Old Mar 5, 03, 2:37 pm
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I like the 17-mile drive.

The admission fee is $8. This will be refunded to you if you eat at any of the restaurants at either of the Pebble Beach resorts. I like Roy's at the Inn at Spanish Bay. On the other hand, I was disgusted by the food and service at Pèppoli.
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Carmel Beach - the only trouble is that parking can be tight in the area.

Point Lobos - just south of Carmel is less crowded than 17-mile drive.

Lunch at the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, about 45 minutes south of Carmel. Truly spectacular setting.
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Old Mar 18, 03, 2:34 pm
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I second the above comments. Dinner at Ventana is also pretty good and in July you can watch the sunset at about 8:30pm. (unless it's foggy)
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Rent sea kayaks and paddle out into the bay. I always get a deli sandwich and some picnic stuff and then throw some kelp over the bow to use as an anchor and have lunch. You can usually do this fairly close to some playful sea otters.
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Old Mar 19, 03, 10:17 am
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Thank you all so much for your replies!

We'll be driving to Monterey from Yosemite, so I'm not sure if we will make it down to Big Sur (sounds like we need to come back and spend more time in the area!).
I like the idea of a picknick.. are there any local delicacies I should look out for and where should I go?

Thanks again
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Old Mar 26, 03, 9:06 am
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If you're a diver, the choice is obvious.

If you're not, you could visit Pt. Lobos or seakayak Elkhorn Slough and/or Monterey Bay (as mentioned above). I prefer the Slough for sheer number and variety of wildlife, but the Bay tour is also quite fun.
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Old Mar 26, 03, 11:16 am
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Old Apr 8, 03, 3:06 pm
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Another thing which I've done and really enjoyed was renting bikes in Monterey (near the cannery), and then riding out along the coast to the 17 mile drive, then bicyling that. It's really a gorgeous ride (better than driving, and bikes don't pay a fee to get onto the 17 mile drive (cars do) ). It's mostly flat until you get about halfway into the 17 mile drive, at which point you can do the hills (which I think are fun, but I've been told I'm unusual in that respect ), or you could turn around and keep the ride primarily flat.

(sorry for the later reply -- I guess I don't check this board all that often...)

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