A getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea's Coastal Charms

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Lauren Platt

  • Adventure Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • California

  • Coastal

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the most charming coastal towns in Northern California and holds a special place in my heart. I grew up visiting Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel Valley, and it remains one of my favorite destinations. Known for its white sandy beaches, cypress trees, fairytale-like cottages, boutique shops, and excellent dining options, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a great destination for a blissful weekend. Explore my guide below for all things to do, where to stay and what to eat!

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Things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Explore Carmel-by-the-Sea's downtown, boutique shops, wine tasting rooms and art galleries.

  • Stroll Scenic Road down by Carmel Beach and admire the charming and coastal homes.

  • Drive out to Carmel Valley and wine taste at Twisted Roots Winery.

  • Drive 17-mile drive or rent E-bikes and admire the luxury houses and views on the golf course.

  • Grab a cheese platter and wine and have a picnic at sunset on Carmel beach.

  • Have lunch at Pebble Beach.

  • Hike Point Lobos for beautiful sea and coastal views.

  • Enjoy drinks at the Cypress Inn with live singing.

  • Drive out to Pixie Bridge in Big Sur.

Day Trips:

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Big Sur

Places to eat & drink in Carmel-by-the-Sea


Need to Know

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