“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 ratingFeel instantly in good hands with Dave Dave was a terrific tour guide and drove us through Big Sur from our hotel in Carmel. It was a pleasure having someone knowledgeable drive us through all the “must sees” while we relaxed and took in the sights. He arranged for our requested lunch stop at Nepenthe, and got us to the lovely Hawthorne Gallery. Dave is funny and he is truly engaging with the history of the area, as well as a variety of subjects such as music, tennis and other sports. He gave us lots of local recommendations as well.


    5 star ratingBig sur tour Let me start off by saying we are a latin family from Miami so in that being said we are very hard to please. But when it came to our tour with Dave we where very pleased! Based on all the tours we have taken this was definitely on the top of the list and we have taken a lot ! He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, if you want a true Californian Dave is the way to go ! Big sur was amazing he knew exactly when to throw the perfect picture Even on our drive. He Took us in and out of traffic very smoothly and knew exactly how to drive all thru big sur. He went above and beyond in meeting our expectations! If you are ever in California and want a true Californian soul, spirit, and enthusiast Dave is a must !


    5 star ratingMy Tour I’m 15 and went with my twin and grandma. this was the best part of my entire california tour! he was very nice, helped us find places to explore and have fun, and the locals knew him very well so he had connections for really fun things!

  • 5 star rating17 Mile tour Dave was very informative and had a great sense of humor. He took us thru 17 mile pebble beach tour and Carmel. It was a great way to see and learn about the area.


    5 star ratingHighlight of our trip, I felt like I knew Dave before we met. He gave us a personalized tour which included Big Sur and the 17 mile road. Dave is not only knowledgeable, he is funny and entertaining. We learned a lot from him plus had a great time. We liked his attitude that it is “your tour - not mine.” He stopped at places we wouldn’t have even known about plus gave wonderful recommendations for the rest of our stay. Well worth your money and time.


    5 star ratingMy 60th birthday trip A definite highlight of our 10 day California trip. After being in the car for ten minutes with Dave my husband and I felt like we had known Dave for 20 years.
    He knew exactly where to take pictures as we drove along Big Sur coast. He would give us a warning and count down to the exact spot to photograph from the car
    The places we stopped were great views and he took our pictures in front of the gorgeous scenery.
    I can’t say enough about this trip. It’s like hopping in a car with your best friend and taking a road trip!

    Nancy B

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