Between Carmel and Monterey there are two of the world’s most prestigious golf courses. You can drive along the 17 Mile Drive for $10. You get fabulous views of the golf courses and the coast. But if you were driving up the Highway 1, it’s not really worth the extra 10 bucks. You can only really see the Spanish Bay Golf Course, but not the more famous Pebble Beach.
But first we walked through Monterey to get our daily omelette at First Awakenings. There are some historic buildings left from the days of the fishing boom.
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Right next to the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey was an outlet of the Bubba Gump Shrimp chain. They serve – you may have guessed it – shrimp. And some fish. And you can step into Forrest’s shoes.
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Driving through the mountains with a constant gorgeous view is just great. When we left San Siemeon we refused to pay $4.79/gallon to fill up our nearly empty gas tank. Needing to save gas when the car in front of you is a nervous braker is nerve wrecking. I got a 97% eco driving rating by the on board computer anyway… We bought 1 gallon for $5.79/gallon in the mountains, which was more than enough to get to Carmel safe and filled our tank for $3.45 there…
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Our next stop on the Pacific coast was San Simeon to visit Hearst Castle. We stayed in the Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort…uff that’s a long name… I matched my Hilton Diamond Status to Best Western Diamond before the stay and we got a great room on the second floor overlooking the garden and the ocean. It’s a typical motel with parking in front of the room, but with direct beach access.
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William Randolph Hearst built Hearst Castle on a 51 ha piece of land directly at the Pacific Ocean. The mansion sits on the hilltop with stunning vistas of the mountains and the ocean. He used to invite Hollywood stars and important people like Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, Walt Disney and even Winston Churchill to party weekends. They arrived by private train from Los Angeles in San Luis Obispo and were driven to the mansion, which took another 90 minutes. Later they could arrive by plane on the private airstrip.
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From Oxnard we travelled Pacific Coast Highway 1 to San Simeon. Our first stop was Santa Barbara Stearns Wharf. Nice and relaxed little town.
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