Big Sur Tours and More

Your time in Big Sur is precious. It’s all about enjoyment. Seeing, discovering, learning, oohing, aahing, and not driving! Your host, driver, and GPS Dave Engelberg will make you feel like a local.


Unlike most tours, mine are never the same. I take only the booking party, two to three people are ideal, four doable, one great but costly. They are designed to fit your schedule. Big Sur tour are highly conversational, unscripted, largely serendipity, and spontaneous. Be treated as an adult while you connect with your child within.

“We would never have seen Big Sur like this without you.”

Your personalized tour can include Hearst Castle, San Francisco, wine tasting…it is where you want, when you want, with no hassles.  You will enjoy learning about California’s central coast from an insider’s points of interest.

Your tour can include stops you can’t get elsewhere:  redwood forests, the Henry Miller Library, Treebones Resort, or breakfast at the River Inn or Deetjen’s … just a few examples of the numerous places where Dave Engelberg and his special guests are welcome.

How It All Began…

It began in June 1969, my first trip down Highway One. Life was never the same. Since that day, I’ve been up and down the coast hundreds of times. Adventures held value beyond the destination. Going “off the beaten path” allowed me to explore the wonders of Big Sur, John Steinbeck’s Salinas Valley, and Hearst Castle Country.

Residing in Pebble Beach after 32 years as a Beverly Hills tennis pro, I am offering my services as your Personal Highway 1 Tour Guide. It’s a breathtaking trip through our central coast! You will be safe and able to fully enjoy the scenery with me behind the wheel. You will receive lovely photographs from the trip.

Let me share with you our local galleries, restaurants and points of interest…Carmel, Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach can also be included as part of the trip, or as a tour itself. It will be a day that will never leave you! Service is door to door.

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.

You may opt to stop at Ventana, Big Sur Bakery, Nepenthe, see the Hawthorne Gallery, see the Big Sur Spirit Garden, or Partington Cove, which was once a lumbering community.

More value during your time in “paradise”!    We can recommend the best breakfasts on the peninsula, best place for lunch in Carmel Valley, best  seafood with a view of the bay, best Italian food in Carmel, and great gourmet sandwiches. You’ll also learn where the nearest Rite Aid Drug Store, Trader Joe’s, or In and Out Burgers are located.  We spell Hospitality with a capital H. Why feel like a visitor when you can feel like a local?

You can also explore places outside the peninsula:

  • The Steinbeck Center in Salinas
  • The Giant Artichoke in Castroville
  • The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
  • Monterey County Wildflowers (seasonal)


Hearst Castle




Morro Bay