Carmel-by-the-Sea: Best Things to Do

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, is often referred to Carmel, located in the Menterey Peninsula in the northern California, United States.

It is known for its amazing scenery on the Pacific Coast and famously known for the Pebble Beach Golf Course.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a city with rich history in the festival and arts that collaborate to perform numerous festivals.

The beautiful Carmel Beach is also one of the main attractions for tourists to come with outdoor activities to offer.

Carmel is one of those great summer vibe cities you can expect to come to during the summer season.



Carmel is a city for active people. Here you can play golf, biking, hiking, surfing and scuba diving among all other popular activities. The city also offers whale watching throughout the year. The Clinton Walker House - Frank Lloyd Wright is a historical landmark in the city. Here you can take walk with your dog and also jogging and many things to do.

Clinton Walker House - Frank Lloyd Wright

The Mrs. Clinton Walker House, a privately owned Frank Lloyd Wright house in Carmel, California, is open to the public one day each June to benefit the Carmel Heritage Society.


The downtown of Carmel is dominated by eateries spots, business district, and numerous interesting places that worth visiting. You can try to visit Carmel Beach off the city. Here you can witness a beautiful sunset with fresh air from the sea. You can also stop at the nearest cafe or bar alongside the beach.

Carmel Beach

Curving white sandy beach backed by cypress trees known for surfing, dog walking & sunsets.


If you're thinking to by souvenirs before leaving Carmel, you can stop at Avant Garden Art & Home. As its name implies, here you can buy various items such as paintings, handicrafts, and other items. There's also Mole Hole, a place to buy nice items such as ceramics with different ornaments. They also have other interesting items that worth buying.

Avant Garden Art & Home

Come see the store, We are in Carmel Valley Village.. 13766 Center Street @ the Center Street MARKETPLACE. We are here 7 days a week from 10-5:00ish... 831 659 9899 We are looking forward to seeing You.

Mole Hole

Try to stop at this gift shop and get your best items to buy and bring home.


Carmel-by-the-Sea is a great place to explore cuisines. With numerous restaurants throughout the city, you can get your belly full at one sit. Go explore the restaurants, eateries spot, and cafes around the city.


Carmel is known for its cultural facilities, such as year-round production by three city theater groups. Dozens of art galleries make their home in Carmel and include paintings, photography, and sculpture. Several arts and music festivals are held every year in Carmel.


The best time of year to visit Carmel-by-the-Sea for warm-weather activities is from early July to early October.


If you want to stay at an hotel near to the beach, stay at Carmel Cottage Inn. It is located 2-mins walk from the Carmel Beach. With great ambiance in this hotel, you can unforgettable stay. Easy access to other attractions will make your stay much better. You can also stay at La Playa Carmel. Set in 1905 mansions, this hotel is one of the best places to stay. It is located just 7-mins walk from the Carmel Beach.

Carmel Cottage Inn

he first floor has a king and a queen bedroom, a full bath and a powder room, a living room complete with a sofa/sleeper and an inviting gas fireplace, a formal dining room and a fun retro-modern kitchen.

La Playa Carmel

The culinary experience at La Playa Carmel is sure to please even the most discerning palate with a sumptuous breakfast buffet or libations and light fare at the historic Bud’s bar and lounge.


Flaherty's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar specializes seafood and other delicious cuisines. They serve one of the most favorite menus in town, the oyster. Besides serving foods, this place is also a good place to drink with its great bar. You can also visit another restaurant named Il Fornaio, an Italian restaurant with delicious cuisines. They also serve home-baked bread to add you eating experience.

Flaherty's Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar

At the Oyster Bar side, the atmosphere is causal. We have a full-service bar where you can even order anything on the menu, sitting at the bar itself you can get the best view of the flat screen TV.

Il Fornaio

Specializes at seafood and oyster, this restaurant is a good spot to have dinner.


Mission Ranch serves a delicious Sunday lunch buffet where you can eat while enjoying views of the sheep grazing and the sea in the distance. You can't beat their terrace on a sunny day, and live jazz ensembles are the foremost. Not far from the main way on Junipero Street and 5th Avenue in downtown Carmel, you will find The Forge in the Forest. It's open all day, and their patio is dog-friendly, but the best time to go is after dark when it takes an almost magical and essential California feel.

Mission Ranch Restaurant

The Restaurant at Mission Ranch is one of the most spectacular spots to dine on the Monterey Peninsula. The view is gorgeous: sheep grazing in our meadow, Santa Lucia Mountains in the near distance and Point Lobos with the Pacific Ocean's crashing wa

Forge in the Forest

Since its inception, the Forge has been an integral part of the community we live in. We miss being able to greet all of our guests as Kings and Queens.


Carmel takes steam as a food and wine destination, with more than half a dozen wine tasting rooms in just four blocks downtown exactly in the Wrath Wines-Carmel Tasting Room. Here you can have one of the best wines in town with great atmosphere. You can also visit Barmel, a nice bar featuring classic cocktails. They serve local bites alongside your drinks and there's a live music performance and late night dance.

Wrath Wines- Carmel Tasting Room

One can argue that we see such fury in both the might of nature and the passion of art. Wrath appears in the edgy power of Robert Plant’s voice and the raw wail of Eric Clapton’s guitar.


Live music Thur-Sat 7-9pm, DJ's Fri/Sat 9-Close! Happy Hour 3-5pm Daily! Open at 2pm every day. Close time based on volume, but always open until at least midnight (at least 1am on Friday & Saturday)! COCKTAILS * FOOD * MUSIC


If all the small state parks south of the city have to offer are some big hikes and dramatic beach landscaping, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve would be worth a visit. Add local wildlife (which includes sea otters and seals), and it becomes almost magical. Right outside Carmel's city center, the Sunset Center for Performing Arts is a beautiful venue for art performances with a row that includes some recognizable names and an eclectic mix of classical music, classic rock, ballet, dance, and stage shows.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is outstanding for sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging.

Sunset Center

As the Central Coast's premier performing arts organization, Sunset Cultural Center, Inc. (SCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, presents live music and concerts, dance, theatre, comedy, and family events.


Carmel is one of the oldest cities in California, rooted in 1770 when Spanish missionary Father Junipero Serra founded the Carmel Mission Basilica Museum. This mission is located on the south side of the city near Mission Ranch. Even if you are not a history buff, you will enjoy the unique architecture and mission park. Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is another good place to visit. It is an art center located in the heart of the city, displaying numerous arts from Carmel. It is a good place to get some good pictures.

Carmel Mission Basilica Museum

The most often heard comments from visitors center around the natural and spiritual beauty of the Mission. They also show an appreciation of the historical legacy it represents.

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

The Carl Cherry Center was founded by Jeanne D’Orge, neé Lena Yates, a published poet and playwright, who emigrated to the United States from England in 1906.