This picturesque charming beach city is the perfect getaway location. Lined with fairytale cottages, streets with no numbers, and boasting quintessential restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a quirky village-like town you must see.
Locals and visitors of this quaint little city revel in the wide selections of eateries. The restaurants of Carmel pride on their international, regional, and local cuisines, ambiance, and service. They use local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients to create high quality, traditional and innovative dishes. Carmel Food Tours is an excellent way to fully experience what Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer.
Whether you’re downtown or close by, there is a plethora of shops to explore in Carmel. The three most popular malls are Carmel Plaza, The Crossroads Carmel, and Barnyard Shopping Village, however wonderful family-owned boutiques are scattered throughout the city.
Carmel is not only the inspiration for works of art but also a place where existing artwork can be discovered. There are more than 80 galleries within one square mile, which feature contemporary and traditional art, California art, paintings, photography, pottery, sculptures, wildlife art, and much more.
Monterey County is a premier wine producing region, making Carmel-by-the-Sea a perfect location to indulge in the regional wines. Tasting rooms, wine bars, and bottle shops feature estate, local, and worldwide selections. Stop by the Carmel Visitor Center and pick up a Wine Walk Passport to discover Carmel’s best tasting rooms.
A walk along Carmel River State Beach, Carmel Beach, or the Scenic Road Walkway, provides some of the most spectacular scenery Monterey Peninsula has to offer. Feeling the soft white sand under your feet, hearing crashing waves around you, or watching the sun set beneath the ocean is a memory you’ll reminisce on for years to come. Carmel Beach is also dog friendly and allows dog owners to have their dogs off leash.