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Big Sur McWay Falls California Coast One Day from Monterey Carmel
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Big Sur McWay Falls California Coast One Day from Monterey Carmel

By California Pacific Excursions
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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About
This is a 6-hour private charter excursion by a local driver guide using a full-size SUV. This is a unique way of visiting one of the most scenic areas in the U.S. The driver guide will stop at places you wish to enjoy in Monterey, Big Sur, Bixby Bridge, River Inn, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park of Coastal Redwoods, Nepenthe and McWay Falls, and many other places. This is not a group tour.
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Ages 0-100
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English, Spanish
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  • Bixby Bridge
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Parking Fees
  • McWay Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Bixby Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - McWay Falls
What's not included
  • Gratuity
  • Lunch


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Air bnb, private residences.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Additional pickup options
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
      • Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        • Pushchair accessible
        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 140816P21

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 140816P21

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        • California Pacific Excursions
          24
          Monterey, United States
          Joined in April 2019
        • R7334YElauriec
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience
          This tour is the best way to see all that Monterey, Carmel, and the 17 MILE DRIVE have to offer. Carlos was an excellent and amazing guide, and Ben was so helpful in our pre planning discussions. Time was allowed to have lunch at Fisherman's Warf. Great experience with California Pacific Excursions,
          Written 13 June 2024
        • Larry24
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great tour from Monterey & 17 Mi Drive to Rocky Point
          Our 6-hour tour with Carlos was wonderful in every way. In addition to providing informed commentary on everything we saw, he was very helpful in recommending stops along the way. We had lunch at Spanish Bay Inn with a spectacular view of the Pacific. He was happy to add a stop at Carmel Mission, which we requested. And on our final stop at Pebble Beach we enjoyed sipping drinks overlooking the 18th green. Not only was Carlos so accommodating, but so too was company owner, Ben, helping us to restructure our tour when road closures on Pacific Coast Highway made it impossible to get to the original tour schedule. It was a most enjoyable day and we highly recommend California Pacific Excursions
          Written 11 April 2024
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        Hansa K
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2023
        I booked this trip for my family and everyone had a great time. The communication with the organizers and Carlos-our driver was seamless. Our transportation was comfortable and Carlos was an excellent guide. The itinerary is totally worth it. Although I had previously seen parts of Highway 1, there were many view points I had never seen or heard of before. It was a beautiful day and I am glad I made a choice to opt for this trip. Carlos picked us up from our Inn and dropped us back. I highly recommend this trip for everyone planning to explore the gorgeous highway 1 in Cali!
        Written 5 June 2023
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        Thank you for the great review! It makes us so happy that your trip was so enjoyable with nice weather. Thank you for traveling with us. We look forward to arranging another trip to California in the future. Best Regards, Christina
        Written 6 June 2023
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        Leslie G
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2022
        I took this trip back in October 2022. I had an excellent experience. The day was made pleasurable by driver. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. I enjoyed not being a solo driver. The view along the coast Highway 1 and Big Sur was just amazing! I would definitely do this again.
        Written 12 January 2023
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        We are glad that you enjoyed the trip to Big Sur from Carmel. We do our best to make our customers happy and meet their expectations. Thank you for traveling with us. Best regards, Ben
        Written 13 January 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        florida1998
        Florida13 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We did this tour in our visit to Monterey. I highly recommend. Ben and his crew are very professional and we had Carlos as our tour guide. He was very professional and took us to many scenic places. We will remember this tour forever. Don’t hesitate and do this tour!
        Written 30 June 2023
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        Thank you for your positive review. It means a lot to us. It takes a combination of planning, good communication and the right driver to meet customers’ expectations. We try our best. Thank you for choosing our service. With best regards, Ben
        Written 2 July 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Deborahfaustina@gmail.com
        Las Vegas, NV4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2023 • Friends
        A must do!! Beautiful scenery I had a car but was nice not to have to drive. Driver let you stay as long as you wanted which was also nice. He picked up at hotel which also was a blessing as he lived close to the hotel. If you enjoy shopping he was very accommodating, which we really enjoyed along with the beautiful views along the coast and the history.
        Written 21 June 2023
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        Thank you so much for your positive comments. Our driver, Carlos, structured the trip so there was a balance between sights on The Big Sur and shopping, etc., in Carmel. It's nice to have happy customers. We look forward to arranging your next trip to California. Best Regards,  Ben
        Written 22 June 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Laurie C
        5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This tour is the best way to see all that the coast from Monterey to Big Sur has to offer. Carlos was an excellent and amazing guide, and Ben was so helpful in the pre planning and understanding the itinerary. Having Carlos drive allowed everyone to relax and enjoy the views and sceneries. Lunch at Nepenthe was delicious and provided beautiful views. In all, we had a great experience with California Pacific Excursions and will use them again when we visit CA again.
        Written 13 June 2024
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        We are grateful for your warm remarks. I really appreciate it. Meeting client expectations requires careful planning, effective communication, and the great driver. We put all into it. We appreciate you letting us arrange this trip for you. Warm regards, Ben
        Written 13 June 2024
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        Explorer52969846669
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2023 • Family
        My boyfriend and my family went on the one day trip together in April. The schedule was tight but flexible as well. The guide, Carlos, was really easy to talk to and took us to see the mose beautiful scene!
        Written 23 June 2023
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        Thanks so much for your nice comments. It was our pleasure to arrange the trip to Big Sur for your party. Everyone here, including Carlos, is so happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip and appreciated your review. Thanks for choosing our service. We look forward to arranging your next trip to California. Best regards, Ben
        Written 25 June 2023
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        Caryn N
        San Jose, CA1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2023 • Couples
        Primarily trip was to Pacific Grove. Drove the 17 mile drive and another day we drove through Carmel Valley. Visit to the aquarium and some walking through Carmel. Location is great for a couple trip as well as family and friends. So much beautiful scenery!
        Written 5 April 2023
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        Thank you for your feedback. Your review and comments are very much appreciated. Best Regards, Ben
        Written 7 April 2023
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        Fabi
        15 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2023 • Solo
        It was a great tour, everything worked perfectly, even with road closures due to rockfall they managed to flexibly adjust the tour and accommodate all my wishes. Carlos was a phenomenal guide. Can only recommend.
        Written 22 September 2023
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        We appreciate your kind words. Thank you so much. It takes a combination of planning, good communication, and the right driver to meet customer expectations. We give it our all. Thank you for allowing us to organize this excursion for you. With best regards, Ben
        Written 26 September 2023
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        Allen C
        New York City, NY4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023 • Couples
        We had a great day with Carlos! He was very knowledgeable and we got to see amazing sights that we normally wouldn’t have been able to see on our own. I would highly recommend this!
        Written 14 August 2023
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        Thank you for using our service. Your positive comments mean a lot to us. It takes a combination of planning, good communication, and the right driver to meet customer expectations. We try our best. Thank you for allowing us to organize this excursion for you. Best regards, Ben
        Written 15 August 2023
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        Lazyescapes
        Alpharetta, GA62 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2023
        We had an excellent day with Carlos touring the coast from Monterey to Big Sur. Carlos was patient, funny, and knowledgeable. This was a private tour so you can customize it as needed, or leave it to Carlos and everything will be fine. The following is our itinerary but if you want to be surprised and impressed then please stop reading.

        Stop #0: Carlos picked us up from our hotel (Hyatt Regency Monterey) at 9am (he can pick you up at whatever time you want).

        Stop #1: Drive through Carmel. We didn’t stop much in Carmel because most businesses weren’t yet open at 9am. Carlos offered to stop at a coffeeshop if we wanted to but I turned it down since we had just finished coffee at breakfast. Carlos drove through the famous streets of Carmel and pointed out many of the cool looking houses. One of them is the Clinton Walker House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There is also the Butterfly House. The only stop we made here was for the Carmel Beach, but due to high tide, all of the staircases were blocked off for safety.

        Stop #2: Mission House. This is a big part of Carmel history. It costs $13 to go inside which we chose not to do. We are here for nature, with a small amount of history/culture. So outside is all we needed.

        Stop #3: Carmel Highlands Vista Point. Beautiful road side stop with views from all directions.

        Stop #4: Garrapata State Park. Here, Carlos parked at the Soberanes Point Trailhead and we hiked up to the Soberanes Point, then hiked back down and further down towards the ocean. The view was so grand that we spent a long time here.

        Stop #5: Kasler Point. Lovely view of the ocean here!

        Stop #6: Notley’s Landing Vista Point.

        Stop #7: Bixby Creek Bridge. This was so majestic and beautiful!

        Stop #8: Hurricane Point View. Hurricane Point has amazing views.

        Drive by: Point Sur Lighthouse. We did not stop at Point Sur State Park but Carlos told us about this park briefly. There are lots of hiking trails and a lot of history here as well.

        Stop #9: Big Sur River Inn General Store. Big Sur River Inn was a nice pit stop with clean bathrooms and a general store that sold some food, beer, and souvenirs. We each bought a can of hard kombucha and enjoyed them in our limo.

        Stop #10: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Lots of beautiful redwoods and hiking trails here. We walked around the river and did a little hiking.

        Stop #11: Post Ranch Inn. Post Ranch Inn is a beautiful boutique hotel with gorgeous views. The rooms here are standalone little villas perched over the cliff side. Rooms start around $2000 a night. We made our lunch reservation here at Sierra Mar, a restaurant that’s breath taking as it sits at the corner with walls of windows of the ocean view. The restaurant is reservation only and they check to make sure your name is on the list before letting you into Post Ranch Inn. The lunch is on a prix fixe menu, with 3 courses, for $75 per person. The food was amazing, and with the view and excellent service, this was a must-do.

        Stop #12: Nepenthe. Nepenthe is a popular lunch spot. There is a shop and a full service bar as well. Of course, plenty of ocean view too. If you want to have lunch here, you would definitely want to get a reservation too because the wait time is an hour or longer. Since we already had lunch, we were just here for a drink. We decided to purchase a bottle of wine because they allow you to take the rest home and drink later.

        Stop #13: McWay Falls Road Side Overlook. McWay Falls has been on my bucket list since I was in high school. I don’t know why, but the idea of a waterfall falling from mountaintops directly into the ocean just fascinates me. There are only 2 waterfalls like this in the continental US, the other is near San Francisco, called Alamere Falls. Alamere Falls is a lot grander, but the simplicity of McWay Falls makes it more mysterious to me, and the fact that there is no way to go down to the bottom… (Well, there is a way, but it would require a private boat, and from what I hear, the view from down below isn’t as nice.) Caution: It is illegal to hike down to mcWay Falls. It is extremely dangerous, people have died, and if caught, the fine is serious.

        Stop #14: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. During our visit, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park was closed for cars but open for foot traffic. We stopped here for a bathroom break and checked out the McWay Falls Trail to see what we could see. We know the trail was only half open due to recent heavy rain and rockslide. Turns out the trail closes right at the McWay Falls viewpoint so we got some nice pictures at the overlook here as well.

        Stop #15: Vista Point.

        Stop #16: Henry Miller Memorial Library. An eccentric little library that celebrates the life of Henry Miller. This was our last tour stop before being dropped off at our hotel. We had such a wonderful day. We did so much, yet never felt rushed.
        Written 26 January 2023
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        Thank you for the great review! It makes us so happy that the trip was so enjoyable with nice weather in January. We love your photos! Thank you for traveling with us. We look forward to arranging another trip to California in the future. Best Regards, Ben 
        Written 27 January 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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