Carmel Travel Guide


Carmel, also known as Carmel-by-the-Sea, is a small town that leaves a big impression. A mecca for the performing arts, a shopper's paradise, a nature lover's dream and a traveler's oasis, Carmel has something for everyone. Lovers come for the intimate vistas and romantic hotels and inns such as Briarwood Inn. Epicurean enthusiasts come for the wine tasting and delectable, mouth-watering dining experiences at places like The Cheese Shop, Vino Napoli, Mundaka and The Bountiful Basket. The posh come for shopping and pampering. Everyone can feel a little luxurious in Carmel. Standards are high here, so don't expect to be disappointed by any spot you decide to grab some grub or rest your head at night.

While downtown is the center of activity here, there's plenty to see and do beyond the heart of Carmel. The world-famous 17-Mile Drive takes visitors on a journey through pristine forests, white sanded beaches and momentous views of the Pacific Ocean.

Google "Pebble Beach" and the first thing that pops up is "golf." Host of the PGA U.S. Open in 2010 and 2019, the Pebble Beach Golf Links, ranked America's #1 public golf course by Golf Digest magazine, anyone can come and play 18 holes overlooking the ocean.

Carmel hosts thousands of weddings every year. It's rare a day goes by without seeing a glowing bride and groom posing for pictures in front of the Carmel Mission Basilica or the setting sun.

A few days in Carmel-by-the-Sea is like spending a few days in paradise.

Where to Go in Carmel


Ventana Inn & Spa

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48123 California 1

"Ventana" means window in Spanish, and this luxurious inn offers a window to Carmel.

Point Lobos State Reserve

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Route 1 Box 62

Rocky headland south of Carmel


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415 West Carmel Valley Road
(at Bernardus Lodge)

A Californian chef with Continental savvy


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Lincoln Ln & Ocean Ave

Dive bar

Carmel Blog Posts


A Night of Magic at the Magic Circle Theatre
There's a little bit of magic in the center of Carmel, and much of it lies at the Magic Circle Theatre.  Sure, there are always bars and dance clubs to hit once the sun goes down, but if you’re looking for something a bit more special that your average hotspot, this is definitely the place for you. ... Read more

Dinner at the Flying Fish Grill
If you're searching for a restaurant that truly embodies the local flavor of Carmel, the Flying Fish Grill towers above the rest.  The restaurant is small, so be sure to reserve a table ahead of time.  The restaurant is located in the lower level of a shopping plaza in downtown ritzy Carmel, and although... Read more

A Day at the Spa
If you're on vacation in Carmel, you're in for some serious R & R.  For a truly top-notch spa experience, A Signature Day Spa is the best place for top-of-the-line services.  The spa is full service, and is also located in the heart of downtown Carmel, making it extremely easy to go straight from... Read more

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