“My lifelong dream was to move to the Monterey Coast.”~Dave Engelberg

“Dreams are best shared.”  ~William Randolph Hearst






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  • 5 star ratingBig Sur, Monterey-Carmel, and the 17 mile drive Dave of Big Sur Tours My husband, daughter and I went on the Big Sur tour with Dave in July, 2019 It was one of the best highlights of our 14 day stay driving through California. Dave picked us up at our Monterey Hotel. Dave took us to such beautiful places. We went along the Big Sur, Carmel and the 17 mile drive while Dave was very informative and made sure we would not miss any of those most beautiful places. He took such nice pictures of us and knew where the best places were for us to take pictures. He offered us snacks drinks, He is well prepared to show you a beautiful day. Dave was so friendly, pleasant, and funny, He made sure that we had a great experience along the Monterey, Carmel by the sea, pacific coast and 7 mile drive. We had a great day. I would look no further than Dave if we return again.

    Joann B

    5 star ratingTake the Tour, It’s the Best Way to See Big Sur! After reading the great reviews, I decided to book a custom tour with Dave, for me and my two grown kids. I liked the idea of having someone knowledgeable drive us through all the “must sees” while we relaxed and took in the sights. He knew exactly where to take pictures as we drove along the Big Sur coast. He would give us a warning and count down to the exact spot to take pics from the car. The places we stopped were spectacular views.

    When pre-planning the tour with Dave, he made it clear that it is your tour - not mine and he’ll take us to the places we want to go.

    He had snacks, waters and loads of info for the relaxing ride.

    My kids were surprised at how much they liked the tour. This tour was the highlight of our vacation and worth the money. I highly recommend it!


    5 star ratingEnjoyable trip with Dave Dave is a very friendly and informative tour guide. He has good knowledge of the area and drives the difficult road with ease. He has a knack to know what people like and tries to accommodate that. We enjoyed our tour, thanks Dave!

    Debbie C
  • 5 star ratingBest way to see Big Sur!! I was only in Monterey for 2 days but knew I had to see Big Sur. I was by myself and really didn’t want to do the drive solo, afraid I’d miss the scenery. I am SO GLAD I decided to do a tour with Dave. It was definitely the highlight of my trip. I learned a lot about the area and Carmel and Pebble Beach. I was able to fully experience more beauty than could ever be put into words. My tour was personalized and Dave knew all the spots to stop and get out for a better look. I would highly recommend Dave as a tour guide for anyone wanting to enjoy all Big Sur and the spectacular central CA coast has to offer. Dave is a really great guy who was fun to be with for 5 hours and I appreciate this experience immensely!!


    5 star ratingDave’s Big Sur tour Dave was a fantastic tour guide! He was very knowledgeable about every part of the trip. He entertained us with his quick wit and funny stories. We did the 17 mile drive and Big Sur and he stopped at fun places along the way. You HAVE to request Dave as your tour guide! The only complaint we had is that it didn’t last long enough—we didn’t to want to leave Dave! Highly recommend!


    4 star ratingNice place to visit Big Sur is a very nice place to visit.
    A lot of sightseeing places, national parks, restaurants and view points.

    Khalifa A

Personalized Tours

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.”

‘Never had the chance to read the book, still busy writing it.’ Dave Engelberg

L.A. native, traveled Highway 1 since 1969, Monterey resident since 2004.

big sut tours from Monterey to Morro Bay CA

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Door-to-Door Service

Big Sur Tours: $430/4 hrs + $0.40/mile gas surcharge and $95/hr after 4 hrs. Monterey Peninsula Tours: $280/2.5 hrs + $0.40/mile gas surcharge.

This is YOUR tour, not mine. Every tour is unique. Through emails, phone chats, and on the road, I get to know you.

Let me assist in planning the logistics for your California vacation.

I aim to please. Spontaneous, conversational, and unscripted is how we roll!

Ride in a Luxury XC60  2020 Volvo SUV with Dave behind the wheel.

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“Go Where You Wanna Go, Do What You Wanna Do…” [credit: Mamas & Papas, ‘Echo in the Canyon’, Jakob Dylan]

“Hi Dave! Just to let you know how much we enjoyed the Monterey-Carmel-Big Sur-San Luis Obispo tour with you. Sitting on the wooden chairs with our feet in the river was definitely our idea of a good time. I salute you for the very smooth ride at Big Sur. You handled those treacherous curves with the quiet confidence of a pro.
Thank you for the extra surprises along the way – Morro Rock, Nit Wit Ridge, San Simeon, Cambria, the elephant seals, and the healthy snacks you brought along.
The September 3 2009 trip with you was one for the family archives. “

Take care and best regards,

Lea Higgins | San Diego

April 2018 Interview for Local TV


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Tours from San Francisco, and all the way to Morro Bay. Overnight trips as well as airport service.

Dear Dave, Traveling up the California coast (from L.A. to Hearst Castle and Big Sur) with you as guide, friend, and driver were the two top days of our visit to California. Unbeatable as a way to see the sights without being herded into a big package tour or driving yourself and losing out on all the beauty that surrounds you. A great memory.
Barbara M. Paris France

“Our family wanted to see Big Sur but my husband did not want to make the drive. He heard it was dangerous and he would miss much if he were driving. Our day with Dave was a highlight of our summer vacation. We got to relax and enjoy the ride. Dave knew places “off the beaten path” we never would have gotten to see without him. We were having such a great time we extended the hours from what we originally planned. We will call Dave again on future visits.”

The Furman Family - Scottsdale, AZ