“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 day with Dave Dave is a pleasure to work with. We were coming for our first to the area and wanted an interactive tour. We gave him a basic description of what we wanted to see and Dave took it from there. We thoroughly enjoyed our day on tour. Dave likes to get to know you, he is knowledgeable, and likes to have fun. …

    Hill Country Private Car
    7/25/2021

    5 star ratingBeautiful unique journey with lots of character! We had a wonderful 5-hour tour with Dave. He drove us around Big Sur, saw the Bixby Bridge, Big Sur Valley, Hawthorne Gallery (stunning views), the Henry Miller Memorial Library which is tucked into the forest among Redwoods -- very cool eclectic spot off the highway.

    The views were spectacular as expected. Dave stopped plenty of times to allow for pictures.

    We loved our lunch at Nepenthe (amazing views, great food). Saw a bit of Pfieffer Park, Big Sur River Inn, Pebble Beach and wrapped up the day by winding through Carmel-by-the-Sea.

    Dave is a character and a pleasure. We thoroughly enjoyed the day! Dave is an expert on the area and he gave us great restaurant tips before he dropped us at our hotel (Tickle Pink Inn - can't rave enough about this place).

    I highly recommend 🙂

    Laura G O
    7/06/2021

    5 star ratingBeautiful unique journey with lots of character! We had a wonderful 5-hour tour with Dave. He drove us around Big Sur, saw the Bixby Bridge, Big Sur Valley, Hawthorne Gallery (stunning views), the Henry Miller Memorial Library which is tucked into the forest among Redwoods -- very cool eclectic spot off the highway. The views were spectacular as expected. Dave stopped plenty of times to allow for pictures. We loved our lunch at Nepenthe (amazing views, great food). Saw a bit of Pfieffer Park, Big Sur River Inn, Pebble Beach and wrapped up the day by winding through Carmel-by-the-Sea. Dave is a character and a pleasure. We thoroughly enjoyed the day! Dave is an expert on the area and he gave us great restaurant tips before he dropped us at our hotel (Tickle Pink Inn - can't rave enough about this place). I highly recommend 🙂 …

    Laura O
    7/06/2021
  • 5 star ratingDave is the best! I came to California with the idea of spending a few days at Carmel by the Sea. I come from New York City, no car, no driver license...meeting Dave was like winning the jackpot! I got to see Pebble Beach, Monterey, 17 Mile Drive, Big Sur, all in the most pleasant and entertaining company! He showed me the best places, the best spots, I took the best pictures, and I had the best time!!

    He was so kind of personally bringing to my hotel some souvenirs I forgot in his car.

    I strongly recommend Dave for your visit to Carmel by the Sea and Big Sur!!

    Trip548291
    6/23/2021

    5 star ratingBest private tour EVER! My husband and I loved seeing so many great sights and meeting locals. We were with Dave for over 9 hours. He took his time to show us so many great places! Around Monterey, Carmel amd Big Sur. He knows his way around and I felt like he gave us a true sense of how beautiful and unique the area is. We met locals and had the best Italian lunch! Dave is so funny and knows alot about the areas. We ended with a stop at a beautiful art gallery. It was a wonderful tour!

    ericcaterry
    6/16/2021

    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!

    847jill
    6/06/2021
  • 5 star ratingDave is the best! I came to California with the idea of spending a few days at Carmel by the Sea. I come from New York City, no car, no driver license...meeting Dave was like winning the jackpot! I got to see Pebble Beach, Monterey, 17 Mile Drive, Big Sur, all in the most pleasant and entertaining company! He showed me the best places, the best spots, I took the best pictures, and I had the best time!! He was so kind of personally bringing to my hotel some souvenirs I forgot in his car. I strongly recommend Dave for your visit to Carmel by the Sea and Big Sur!! …

    Amalia
    6/01/2021

    5 star ratingBest private tour EVER! My husband and I loved seeing so many great sights and meeting locals. We were with Dave for over 9 hours. He took his time to show us so many great places! Around Monterey, Carmel amd Big Sur. He knows his way around and I felt like he gave us a true sense of how beautiful and unique the area is. We met locals and had the best Italian lunch! Dave is so funny and knows alot about the areas. We ended with a stop at a beautiful art gallery. It was a wonderful tour! …

    ericcaterry
    6/01/2021

    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! …

    847jill
    6/01/2021
  • 5 star ratingBest time in Cali I traveled alone to California and picked Dave to drive me to Big Sur and back to Carmel. Driving Highway 1 with Dave was easily the highlight of my trip!! He knows the area really well and stopped at the best spots so I could take it in, take pictures and just breathe the clean air.

    He took me to places I wouldve never found on my own and the trip was well worth the time and investment. Dave is FUNNY! We had great conversation, the trip is simply fantastic!! Highly recommend!!!! Do not miss.

    965dayan
    11/16/2020

    5 star ratingBest time in Cali I traveled alone to California and picked Dave to drive me to Big Sur and back to Carmel. Driving Highway 1 with Dave was easily the highlight of my trip!! He knows the area really well and stopped at the best spots so I could take it in, take pictures and just breathe the clean air. He took me to places I wouldve never found on my own and the trip was well worth the time and investment. Dave is FUNNY! We had great conversation, the trip is simply fantastic!! Highly recommend!!!! Do not miss. …

    Daya
    11/01/2020

    5 star ratingGreat California Tour Dave took us on a drive through Big Sur, and we enjoyed it so much, that we had him to take us through Carmel By the Sea the next day. He also took us through Pacific Grove, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterrey, etc. Dave gives a great tour with so many extras - we totally recommend him.

    Sheryl G
    10/02/2020
  • 5 star ratingAmazing Experience I had been working with Dave for a few months on touring Big Sur, Pebble Beach and Monterey. Due to the Covid outbreak our trip had to be postponed. Dave was very accommodating through the whole process. We booked a half day tour of Monterey and Pebble Beach and a full day tour of Big Sur. I have booked many tours but these were exceptional. Dave's knowledge of the area and the sights you need to see are amazing. We were able to see all of the sights that we had planned for and more. Dave also made sure that we had excellent places to stop and eat and sightsee. Both days were fantastic and I will definitely be back and book a trip with Dave again.

    405jonl
    7/30/2020

    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.

    KarenF940
    2/27/2020

    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!!

    mburney
    2/27/2020

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“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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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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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