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  • 1

    17-Mile Drive

    62 reviews

    Truly an interesting and intriguing ride past some of the prettiest coast line in the world along with viewing prestigious Pebble Beach Real Estate. You will pass by world renowned golf courses such as Pebble Beach Course where all eighteen holes are on the Pacific Ocean. Also enjoy Poppy Hills Course and Spyglass. All are home of the AT&T Golf ...

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  • 2

    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    44 reviews

    Gayle and I came to Point Lobos together during a trip to Carmel and a wonderful stay at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands. This place is awesome and a signature beauty on this part of the North Coast. It was once called the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world" by landscape artist Francis McComas. We hiked along the ...

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  • 3

    Carmel Beach

    40 reviews

    Carmel by the Sea is just 45 mins away. Enjoy the beach, shopping, cafes, gorgeous architecture, landscaping and more.

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    Carmel River State Beach

    16 reviews


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  • 5

    Carmel Mission

    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.

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  • 6

    Carmel Walks

    10 reviews

    Romantic and whimsical

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  • 7

    Garrapata State Park

    10 reviews

    There are hikes west of the Hwy 1 on the beach or east of the Hwy 1 up a steep mountain or into a redwood forest cannon. We decided to try the mountain hike. To do the whole 7 mile loop which starts right off the Hwy 1(look for the parking on the side of the street) and has an ...

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  • 8

    Carmel Beach City Park

    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 ...

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  • 9


    7 reviews

    It's hard for me to spread the word about this great place, because I'd love to keep it a little-known gem hidden away from tourists. Selfish, I know, but you would be too if you're able to visit. Refuge is an outdoor spa with several large hot tubs, a sauna and menthol-filled steam room, and hot/cold pools to shock your ...

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  • 10

    Rocky Ridge & Soberanes Canyon Trails

    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 ...

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  • 11

    Carmel Valley Ranch

    3 reviews

    Beautiful resort just minutes away in Carmel Valley.

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  • 12

    Carmel Art & Film Festival

    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

    2 reviews


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  • 14

    Carmel Valley Ranch

    2 reviews

    Beautiful and well maintained golf course plus spa, bar and restaurant - Thursday nights they often do s'mores outside by the fire - a local favorite!

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  • 15

    Château Julien Wine Estate

    2 reviews

    The wines are delightful, and the chateau and its terrace are spectacular,

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  • 16

    Carmel Highlands General Store

    2 reviews

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

  • 17

    Garrapata State Beach

    1 review

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

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  • 18

    Monastary Beach

    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 ...

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  • 19

    Hanson Gallery Carmel

    1 review

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

  • 20

    Forest Theater

    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 ...

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