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About Carmel By the Sea

Serving as the northern gateway to California’s Big Sur coast, Carmel By The Sea is a charming beach city on the Monterey Peninsula. It’s renowned for the ornate Spanish architecture of the Carmel Mission, as well as being a popular destination for spotting migrating whales.

Things to do

Enjoy a stroll along the Scenic Bluff Path, which extends from the golden sands of Carmel Beach to the popular birdwatching location of Carmel River State Beach. The gravel pathway winds beneath Monterey cypresses and past landscaped gardens and offers magnificent views of the rugged Pacific coastline.

Admire the 18th-century architecture of the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum, built by early Franciscan missionaries. Learn about the restoration efforts at the Harry Downie Museum, witness the monumental bronze and travertine cenotaph by sculptor Jo Mora and see the cell where Saint Junípero Serra lived at the Convento Museum.

Spend a day wildlife spotting along the dramatic coastline of the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, home to harbor seals and a popular area for spotting humpback and blue whales. Follow one of the many hiking trails and visit the 19th-century Whalers Cabin that was used by early Japanese and Chinese fishermen.

Carmel By The Sea serves as the northern gateway to Big Sur, a spectacular stretch of coastline that hugs the Pacific Ocean. Travel over the Bixby Bridge to explore the hiking trails of beautiful Andrew Molera State Park and witness the McWay Falls within Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Getting around

Carmel By The Sea is 15 minutes’ drive from Monterey Regional Airport or around two hours from San Francisco International Airport. Buses travel throughout Carmel By The Sea, but having your own vehicle is best for exploring the Big Sur coast.

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Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Cafe

Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Cafe
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Carmel By the Sea, California
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Very Good, 8.3
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Located in Carmel By the Sea, Carmel Mission Inn & Fuse Lounge Cafe is within a 10-minute drive of Point Lobos State Reserve and offers disabled parking. It also features a gym, a Jacuzzi and an outdoor heated pool.

Carmel Wayfarer Inn

Carmel Wayfarer Inn
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Carmel By the Sea, California
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6.0
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Carmel Wayfarer Inn is a good-value motel situated a short drive from Pebble Beach. It is also steps from Carmel By the Sea's popular tourist attractions.

Carmel Lodge

Carmel Lodge
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Carmel By the Sea, California
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Good, 7.7
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Conveniently situated and offering free wireless internet access in all areas, this comfortable hotel is a short drive from Pebble Beach. It is also steps from Carmel By the Sea's well-known tourist attractions.

Hofsas House Hotel

Hofsas House Hotel
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Carmel By the Sea, California
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Very Good, 8.1
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This comfortable hotel in Carmel By the Sea offers free wireless internet, as well as an outdoor heated pool and a sauna. It is ideally located for those wanting to discover the area's attractions.

The Getaway Carmel By the Sea

The Getaway Carmel By the Sea
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Carmel By the Sea, California
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Very Good, 8.0
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The Getaway Carmel By the Sea offers 3-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi.

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Quail Lodge & Golf Club
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Carmel By the Sea, California
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Superb, 9.3
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Situated in Carmel By the Sea, Quail Lodge & Golf Club offers modern 4.5-star accommodation, as well as an outdoor pool, outdoor tennis courts and a Jacuzzi. It also provides valet parking, a sauna and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Best Western Carmel's Town House Lodge

Best Western Carmel's Town House Lodge
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Carmel By the Sea, California
Guest Rating
Good, 7.9
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Situated in Carmel By the Sea, Best Western Carmel's Town House Lodge offers 3-star accommodation, as well as an outdoor pool. It is ideally located for those wanting to visit the area's popular attractions.

La Playa Carmel

La Playa Carmel
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Carmel By the Sea, California
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Fabulous, 8.8
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La Playa Carmel is situated in Carmel By the Sea and is close to the area's tourist attractions. The multiple facilities this luxury hotel offers include an express check-in and check-out feature, room service and an outdoor heated pool.

The Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites

The Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites
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Carmel By the Sea, California
Guest Rating
Good, 7.9
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The Vendange Carmel Inn & Suites offers 3-star accommodation in Carmel By the Sea. It also provides outdoor tennis courts, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

Carmel River Inn

Carmel River Inn
Address
Carmel By the Sea, California
Guest Rating
Good, 7.6
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Carmel River Inn is situated in Carmel By the Sea and is close to Point Lobos State Reserve. It also features outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

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