“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 in Little Time! Dave took us on a private tour through Big Sur. Had lunch at a beautiful spot on the Ocean and meandered our way back. Great knowledge of the area (and traffic flows), entertaining and fun!
    If you want to see the area - call Dave! He will detail your tour to you!
    Enjoyed our tour greatly, fit us like a glove....you're next!
    See ya next time Dave - thank you!


    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

    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 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!


    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!


    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
“For first time travelers and those on tight schedules, BigSurToursandMore is perfect. So much more of our beautiful area can be seen with Dave. He knows and appreciates Monterey County and its uniqueness. The Big Sur coast is sure to be a highlight of their trip”.
Lisa Budlong , Carmel Chamber of Commerce

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.

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Most Tours are 4 hour minimum. Peninsula Tours for 2 or 3 hours are available (Click here for rates

I’m a one-man show. I take responsibility for your enjoyment. I’m not looking to expand, and I’m a people pleaser.

It’s all about you! I’m behind the wheel but this is YOUR tour. I take the time to know you through conversations and email. You make the choices.

I don’t put groups together. Ideal for two or three people. Tours are conversational, unscripted, and the landscape exciting.

Let me share with you our local galleries, restaurants and points of interest…VentanaBixby Bridge,  the River Inn and Bakery, Nepenthe, the Hawthorne Gallery, the Big Sur Spirit Garden, or McWay Falls.
It will be a day that will never leave you! Service is door to door. Let me assist you in planning your Northern California adventure.

My idea of a good vacation is where you go places you normally don’t go, do things you normally don’t do, and learn something new.


“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

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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