Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small Californian beach village on the Monterey Peninsula.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific coast, about 530 kilometres (330 miles) north of Los Angeles and 190 kilometres (120 miles) south of San Francisco.

It is an easy village to explore by foot. Carmel’s streets are lined with designer shops, art galleries and gourmet eateries.

Carmel Beach is located at the end of Ocean Avenue for those wishing to dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean.

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Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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The Pebble Beach Company was formed in 1919. The Lone Cypress tree features on their logo.

The Pebble Beach Company owns and operates the Pebble Beach Resorts and four golf courses – the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course.

I visited the Pebble Beach Golf Links, which is home of many golf competitions, such as the U.S Open, PGA Championship and others. It is widely regarded on of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Pebble Beach Golf Links is located at 1700 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach.

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Bird Rock, 17-Mile-Drive

Bird Rock is a site on Pebble Beach’s 17-Mile-Drive in California.

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Bird Rock is a granite rock that was shaped by wind and waves. It is home to wildlife including birds, harbor seals, and sea lions.

Originally bird rock was actually covered with four to five feet of bird droppings (guano) that around the 1930s was mined for fertiliser.

After the rock was cleaned the sea lions and seals move in.

During spring and summer, the rock is covered with cormorants, gulls, and pelicans. Also from November to March you may see migrating gray whales off the coast.

17-Mile-Drive is a scenic 17 mile (24 kilometre) loop road through Pebble Beach and the Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. The road is owned and operated by the Pebble Beach Corporation and non-residents pay a toll fee. This can be reimbursed with $35 or more purchase at one of Pebble Beach Resorts restaurants.

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