From white sand beaches and quaint little shops to legendary events and hundreds of art galleries, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a fascinating seaside destination that invites visitors to relax, stroll and enjoy myriad things to do. Explore this charming little town that offers a unique combination of small town serenity, bohemian charisma and urban sophistication all surrounded by great scenery, chic day spas, elegant restaurants, world-class performing arts, and interesting historic landmarks.
Carmel Art Festival
House & Garden Tour
Carmel Mission Fiesta
Spring Fashion Show
Carmel is a shopper’s delight, offering a unique combination of quaint boutiques, interesting art galleries, jewelry stores, national retailers, winery tasting rooms, pet stores, antique shops, and intimate outdoor malls all surrounded by a charming village setting.
Borromeo del Rio Carmelo Mission
Established in 1771, this beloved historic landmark is one of the most stunning examples of California Missions. Beautifully maintained, the Carmel Mission grounds are home to gorgeous gardens filled with native plants, a museum, a gift shop, and a working Catholic church. The Carmel Mission is open to visitors daily, except major holidays. Admission prices are $6.50 adults, $4 seniors, and $2 children (7+). Children 6 and under enter free.
What are the amenities at the beach?
The beach is fire and alcohol friendly before 10pm. There are no amenities directly on the beach, but visitors can take advantage of public bathrooms, restaurants and shops just up the street. A public lot on Ocean Avenue and neighborhood streets offer plenty of free parking.
What are the best restaurants?
Carmel is literally filled to the brim with great restaurants and choosing a good place to eat is simple. Try top picks like Cassanova, Flying Fish Grill, La Bicyclette, Portabella, and Mundaka. Or, ask our hotel concierge for recommendations.