Seldom does a town inspire in quite in the same way as Carmel-by-the-Sea. A home to artists, celebrities, and romance, this European-style oasis is consistently rated among the top destinations worldwide, and with good reason. Come for the quaint shops, restaurants, and galleries, and stay for the enchantment the town is known for.

Fly Into

SJC San Jose Airport 
(San Jose, CA)

Drive

80mins Carmel, California
Where is

Carmel

  • Map of Carmel, CA

TOP TIPS FOR CARMEL

  1. Visit the art galleries. With more than 100 galleries in a single square mile, art is king in Carmel.

  2. It's easy to be taken with the coast, but fit in time for wine: there are some great tasting rooms in town.

  3. It’s called Carmel-by-the-Sea, but you can just call it Carmel. (Pronounced “car-mel.”)

When to Go

Fall and spring are always crisp, with warm days and cool evenings. Prepare for a little rain in the winter months, but not a bit less beauty.
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Nearby

Cities
Regions
  • Salinas Valley, CA

MONTEREY COUNTY APPELLATIONS (AVAs)

Primary
  • Arroyo Seco AVA
  • Carmel Valley AVA
  • Chalone AVA
  • Hames Valley AVA
  • Monterey AVA
  • San Antonio Valley AVA
  • San Bernabe AVA
  • San Lucas AVA
  • Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
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Don't Miss

  1. Monterey Bay Aquarium This Cannery Row staple grants an up-close look at the marine life for which the coast is known.
    886 Cannery Row, Monterey CA
  2. The Holman Ranch This restored 400-acre property harkens back to old California, with a restored hacienda, accommodation, and onsite winery. 19
    19 E Carmel Valley Rd, Suite C, Carmel Valley CA
  3. Monterey's Fish House This rustic dining spot serves up some of the freshest seafood on the Pacific Coast.
    2114 Del Monte, Monterey CA
  4. Garland Ranch Regional Park Hike some of the best trails in central California, in this nearly-5,000-acre preserve.
    700 W. Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley CA
  5. Monarch Grove Sanctuary October is the best month to see this butterfly habitat, where the colors of nature are on full display.
    Ridge Rd and Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove CA

lodging

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Tickle Pink Inn

High atop the rugged cliffs overlooking the untamed Pacific and the lush Carmel Highlands a romantic hideaway awaits at Tickle Pink Inn.

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Colonial Terrace Inn

One of Carmel's original hotel accommodations, The Colonial Terrace sought out the peace and tranquility of the village neighborhood when it was built in 1925.

Restaurants

Breakfast
Little Swiss Cafe

Locals love this mural-filled café’s big breakfasts and cheese blintzes. Choose between Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict, pancakes and fuel up on coffee before strolling to the nearby beach. Head over early to avoid the crowds, common during the morning.

Pizza
Allegro Gourmet Pizzeria

Casual eatery and wine bar with dog-friendly outdoor seating. Choose from pizza, pasta, and other classic Italian dishes.

Things To Do

Tours & Sightseeing
Carmel Walks

Wineries

Winery
Taste Morgan

Winery
Galante Vineyards

Experience the characteristics embodied in this estate-grown wine. Come taste the natural flavors expressed at Galente Vineyards in sunny Carmel Valley.

Did you Know?

The City of Monterey has some history: it was the capital of California under both Spanish and Mexican rule.

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