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

“Dreams are best shared.”  ~William Randolph Hearst




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      Big Sur is it's own special place. Where the mountains meet the ocean. There is so much to do in Big Sur if you are into hiking, camping, staying in amazing hotels, eating amazing food and spending time at the beach. The view are breathtaking...More

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      Dan Engelberg is a terrific guide he knows what times to go to avoid traffic exactly what spots along the way to stop and is an entertaining driver knows so much about the area and it’s famed history. It was a highlight of my trip...More

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      This was an excellent tour to take! As a first-time traveler to California, I knew I wanted to see Big Sur but worried about driving Highway 1 myself. Dave is extremely knowledgeable about the area and made the trip very personal and enjoyable. We hit...More

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      We wanted to be able to view Big Sur without worrying about the drive. We got much more than we bargained for. As Dave describes himself, he has spent his entire adult life driving on Rt 1. He has a vast knowledge of the people...More

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      It was our first visit to the area and we wanted to make sure we didn't miss a thing. This led us to booking some time with Dave trusting that he will show us around while we soak it all in without any hassle. And...More

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      Dave is the official California Chauvinist! Not only does he have the history of the area, which is usually privy to the locals, he knows EVERYONE by name! Speaking of locals, Dave knows them ALL personally. When you visit any establishment and mention, Dave, you...More

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      We cannot stop thinking about our amazing time together. We were showing family our lovely pictures and still cannot get over how gorgeous Big Sur is. The pictures almost look transposed!! We enjoyed so many laughs together and we are truly grateful to have gotten...More

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      What can I say that hasn't already been said about a Big Sur tour with Dave!? It was 5+ stars and an A+++ experience. My husband and I were visiting California for our 20th anniversary and we knew we couldn't leave with our seeing the...More

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“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.

Door-to-Door Service

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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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Big Sur Coast

Tours are available from San Francisco, and all the way to Morro Bay. Overnight trips available 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