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  • 1

    17-Mile Drive

    4.5
    58 reviews

    The 17-Mile Drive is the gorgeous oceanfront route between Monterey and Carmel. There are lots of places to park your car and explore the scenic beaches on your own (i.e. most people just jump out of their cars, take a few photos and move on). It's a good option if you want to beachcomb/check out tide pools in lots of ...

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesBudget
  • 2

    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    5
    42 reviews

    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a magnet for nature lovers the world around. From its breathtaking beauty to its fascinating wildlife, Point Lobos is a place where one can escape to the serenity of nature at its best.

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesAdventure
  • 3

    Carmel Beach

    4.5
    39 reviews

    Shop for picnic condiments in Carmel village and bring it over to Carmel beach for a picnic. Lots of white sand, rock formation and cyprus trees.

    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorLuxury
  • 4

    Carmel River State Beach

    4.5
    16 reviews

    favorite place in cali

    Popular withOutdoorAdventureNightlife
  • 5

    Carmel Mission

    4.5
    12 reviews

    One of the most beautifully restored and well-cared for missions along California's El Camino Real, plus the gardens are beautiful in spring. This is where some of the remains of padre Junipero Serro, who established many of Alta California's 21 original Spanish Catholic missions, lie buried. It's a short drive south of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.

    Popular withHistoryDesignSpiritual
  • 6

    Carmel Walks

    4.5
    10 reviews

    Romantic and whimsical

    Popular withDesignLocalFoodies
  • 7

    Garrapata State Park

    4.5
    10 reviews

    You can take the 1.5 mile hike to see a round of cactus, streams, and redwood trees.

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesAdventure
  • 8

    Carmel Beach City Park

    4.5
    8 reviews

    I absolutely adore this beach! From the first step my foot touched the sand, I was in love! The sand was so smooth and soft; it felt like velvet around my feet. Is that even possible? Besides the view of the Pacific Ocean that goes on and on, this beach is not as restricted as the beaches in LA. Bonfires ...

    Popular withOutdoorFamilies
  • 9

    Refuge

    5
    5 reviews

    Some say this is the best spa in the area.

    Popular withWellnessLuxurySpiritual
  • 10

    Rocky Ridge & Soberanes Canyon Trails

    5
    3 reviews

    Absolutely amazing hike. Takes you up the mountain with breathtaking views of the coast south of Carmel. We saw tons of whales while we were hiking, and were fortunate enough to see a California condor hanging out on a rock perch just off the trail. It's pretty steep on the way up - so wear good shoes. The trailhead is ...

    Popular withOutdoorGreenAdventure
  • 11

    Carmel Valley Ranch

    4.5
    3 reviews

    great place

    Popular withOutdoor
  • 12

    Carmel Art & Film Festival

    4.5
    3 reviews

    Clint Eastwood's annual art & film festival in Carmel is a low-key event every year, with lots of feature length and short films showing. We went to a screening of 5 shorts, which also featured a post-screening Q&A with some of the filmmakers in attendance. It was a great event, in a small environment and made for a great screening ...

  • 13

    The Cheese Shop

    5
    2 reviews

    Amazing!

    Popular withFoodies
  • 14

    Carmel Highlands General Store

    3.5
    2 reviews

    Very Unique shopping. Fresh & organic food along with some regular food as we know it. Awesome gift department.

  • 15

    Garrapata State Beach

    5
    1 review

    This is my favorite beach in the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur areas. It's perfect.

    Popular withOutdoorGreen
  • 16

    Monastary Beach

    5
    1 review

    This is not a normal beach. This beach is primarily for SCUBA diving. I say this not to imply that the divers are possessive of it, but as a warning that it is a very unsafe beach for casual passersby to stop and try to swim in. The beautiful large grain sand beach is visible from highway 1, and tired ...

    Popular withOutdoor
  • 17

    Hanson Gallery Carmel

    5
    1 review

    They prominently feature my favorite artist, MacKenzie Thorpe. Just try to look at his work without smiling.

  • 18

    Forest Theater

    5
    1 review

    The Forest Theater in Carmel is a cultural and community icon for about 100 years. This theater is an outdoor amphitheater that puts on live stage plays. The theater sits amongst tall Monterey pines, with the moon and stars as a canopy, with the amphitheater seats facing a fairly large stage. It is a rustic, woodsy setting, with two firepits ...

    Popular withFamilies
  • 19

    Lush Cosmetics

    5
    1 review

    All-natural hair care, bath & beauty products for both sexes are what you'll find on the shelves here. Staff are not shy about demonstrating the latest and greatest releases on your skin for free, so you can know how good it is before you buy. Try the whimsically named Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo made with beer.

    Popular withWellness
  • 20

    Kush Day Spa

    5
    1 review
    Popular withWellness
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