Guide to Carmel-By-The-Sea

Things to Do in Carmel-By-The-Sea

View Map

The quaint and bohemian Carmel Village includes a five-block walkable shopping area on Ocean Ave. that is surrounded by rustic streets filled with vintage cottages and grand beach homes. The main business district is one-mile square packed with local art galleries, design boutiques, fine dining and elegant bed and breakfast inns.

Park and walk this unique village to really see the artistic history of each small block of homes and shops, all the way down Ocean Ave to Carmel Main Beach.

The village starts as you drive west down from Highway 1 and continues to Scenic Drive, which runs along the south beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea and continues along the coast to Carmel Lagoon, Carmel Mission, Mission Ranch (Clint Eastwood's hotel and restaurant) and the Coast Highway.

Find Hotels in Carmel

Book online and save up to 70%

Restaurant Reservations

Popular Things to Do in Carmel-By-The-Sea

Classical Music

Carmel Bach Festival

10th & Mission at Sunset Center Offices, Carmel-by-the-sea, CA 93921

The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas.

Hotels

Colonial Terrace Inn by the Sea

13th and San Antonio, Carmel, CA 93921

Inns / B&Bs

Carriage House Inn

Junipero Between 7th And 8th, Carmel, CA 93921

Intimate European Elegance in Carmel. Awarded the prestigious AAA 4-Diamond rating for over 30 consecutive years, The Carriage House Inn has a wonderful elegance and charm that exudes its European flavor in décor.

Bars

Andre's Bouchee

Mission St. between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93923

Experiencing lunch or dinner at Andre's Bouchee and you are stepping into a Parisian Bistro - in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the- Sea. All the flavors of Europe & the Mediterranean and a wine room with a world-wide selection.

Inns / B&Bs

Carmel Fireplace Inn

San Carlos Street, Carmel, CA 93921

Welcome to the 18 unit Carmel Fireplace Inn, located on a bright, sunny corner in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in the heart of downtown, walking distance to fine shops, restaurants, and the beach.

First Class Hotels

Quail Lodge & Golf Club

8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel-by-the-sea, CA 93923

The 93-room world-class Quail Lodge & Golf Club is a sprawling estate that features bocce and tennis courts, heated pools and outdoor ponds, luxurious spas, fabulous suites and more. The Quail Lodge reopened in March of 2013, and has extensively renovated

Inns / B&Bs

Wayside Inn

7th Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel, CA 93921

This quintessential cottage style inn provides the perfect location for your stay. Wayside Inn's 22 guestrooms and suites offer soothing elegant décor and are equipped with feather beds, flat screen TVs and luxury Italian linens.

Inns / B&Bs

Candle Light Inn

On San Carlos between 4th & 5th, Carmel, CA 93923

A romantic, Tudor-style Inn located in the heart of the village. Each morning a continental-style picnic breakfast is delivered to your room with the morning newspaper! Outdoor jacuzzi can accommodate 8-10 people in the evenings.

Scenes from Carmel-By-The-Sea
Panoramas/Carmel River LagoonPanoramas/Carmel River LagoonPanoramas/Carmel River LagoonPanoramas/Carmel River LagoonPanoramas/Carmel River LagoonBeginning of a pink sunrise on the Carmel River Lagoon0UT OF THE MISTSunrise shoot/Portola-Crespi Cross/Witchy PooTwo-Cam.Carmel River Lagoon at sunriseCarmel River Lagoon at sunriseSilhouette of Poison Oak at sunriseSunrise shoot/Portola-Crespi Cross/Witchy PooSunrise shoot/Portola-Crespi Cross/Witchy Poo/shadow of my former selfCarmel River Lagoon at sunrise/self portraits