Things to do in Carmel

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Things to Do in Carmel


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What travellers are saying

  • John S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holy moly this place felt like Narnia or some magical fairy tale land. We saw so many adorable marine mammals. Lots of sea otters and my absolute favorite the newborn harbor seals. Lots of poison oak and the crowds started to form mid day. Bring water and nice shoes
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • RonCentralCA
    Capitola, CA662 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic historical site - a must see.
    Having been born and raised in California I am well familiar with the chain of missions from San Diego in the south north, each about a day's foot walk apart (by intent). Though I have lived near Carmel for most of my life, this was my first visit. I was wowed by the care and presentation, and of course the burial location of Junipero Serra, the missionary who led creation of the mission chain.
    Plan a few hours to absorb the sense of place and history.
    Seniors 62 and over only $10 admission, otherwise $13 (as of April 2024).
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • Bart C
    Foster City, CA472 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Broad sandy beach overlooking the Point Lobos Peninsula and right at the edge of the housing sections of Carmel. Not enough parking when busy, however. There was a lifeguard station and bathrooms, yet I don't know when they actually have a lifeguard.
    Written 9 May 2024
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  • Gary H
    Monterey, CA22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A charming visit to one of the loveliest and most interesting properties on the Monterey peninsula. The stone buildings and tower alone make for a rewarding day. The fascination is multiplied by the story of poet Robinson Jeffers and his family, who built it all and lived there for 50 years. The docents who guide the tours are all knowledgeable and passionate about this unique place.
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • sam101645
    Walnut Creek, CA348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ocean air, sounds, and view, On the other side of the street there are unique homes for your viewing pleasure. Although the Pacific Ocean never disappoints.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Aaron W
    95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I actually liked this park better than Point Lobos. Less crowds- more scenic coastline and the hike into the Redwood forest was amazing! Lots of water and greenery. Loved it
    Written 18 April 2024
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  • Waddler
    York, UK11,256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a gorgeous cove and beach you can look down on from the Bird Island Trail. Its a very short walk from the Bird Island car park (not many car parking spaces, though we parked straight away at 4pm on a Tuesday).

    For the full effect of the turquoise water you want it to be sunny so bear that in mind given that in summer mornings are often foggy in these parts.

    Be sure to check the beach for sea lions - the chances of seeing them on the beach are good. Also look out for sea otters all along the trail, we saw them in two different locations right at the start of the walk and then just past Bird Island (but not in China Cove itself)
    Written 7 September 2023
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  • food e
    Phoenix, AZ957 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you want ocean, upscale galleries and shopping in high end style this is amazing. Beats everwhere in bel.air ,bests newpprt hands down. Excellent dinning. Ocean at rhe end of this higj rent street. There are several streets full to spend a day or week.
    No hot dogs or can beer here. But if u want the best its here. Homes and cottages also great if u like history and design. Not for casual not for budget folks. Not a bar scene. Is high class and romantic. Almost dream like ... a must see 5 star place.
    Written 7 September 2023
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  • JOHN N
    San Francisco, CA155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were visiting Monterey and learned of a country concert being presented at this location.
    What a wonderful venue, great sight lines, comfortable seating and a helpful (volunteer) staff. (seating is about 750).
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Jeri Jo S
    Longmont, CO66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing view. Crystal clear water and soft sand between your toes. A lovely walk, nice people, lots of dogs but it can be quite windy and a little cool so bring layers.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Viktoria A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The stone-carvings art on display at this gallery is a testament to human craftsmanship. Very unique and collectible pieces like fountain pens in crystals and Ruby skull. I recommend this place 👌🏼
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • Rosie M
    Manteca, CA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stopped in on a weekend visit to Carmel for our anniversary and Father's Day(meeting up win our son & dil). So many things to see, do & eat and not enough time. It was fun walking around the town and added a few items for our next visit.
    Written 6 July 2023
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