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A picturesque coastal town in California known for its fairy-tale cottages, artistic heritage, and scenic white-sand beach.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is a picturesque small town in California known for its fairy tale cottages, art galleries, and beautiful white-sand beach, making it a must-visit stop on a Pacific Coast Highway road trip. Travelers can enjoy wandering through the charming streets, visiting the historic Carmel Mission, or taking in the stunning views of the rugged coastline at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, located just south of the town. This enchanting enclave offers a blend of cultural experiences and natural beauty, perfectly encapsulating the diverse attractions found along the scenic route of the Pacific Coast Highway.

seeker 5 months ago

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a picturesque small town along the Pacific Coast Highway, renowned for its charming fairy-tale cottages, beautiful white-sand beach, and a rich artistic history. It makes for an enchanting stop on a camper van road trip along California's coastline, offering travelers a chance to explore its quaint downtown filled with art galleries, boutique shops, and gourmet eateries. Nestled in the scenic beauty of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea captures the perfect fusion of cultural sophistication and serene coastal living. And since traveling in your camper van rental is a breeze, you can navigate this town with ease, making it a must-see destination on your Pacific Coast Highway adventure.

gocamp 2 weeks ago

Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint coastal town in California, is one of the world's most romantic destinations. With its picturesque streets lined with quaint cottages, world-renowned art galleries, and restaurants serving up fresh seafood, couples are drawn to its charm. Strolling hand-in-hand along the stunning white-sand beaches or meandering through charming gardens, visitors find themselves immersed in the romantic aura of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

seeker 1 year ago

Carmel By The Sea is a charming village that is perfect to experience quaint seaside life. Luxury hotels, gorgeous nature, fine dining, and more- Carmel By The Sea is often a destination of choice for San Fransican to get some major relaxation away from the hustle and bustle. Bonus for dad- Carmel By The Sea has some excellent golfing opportunities.

seeker 2 years ago

Only an hour from Pinnacles, head to the California coast to enjoy the ocean. Monterey and Carmel both have fun shopping areas and beaches to relax and spend the day at.

nicolejordan 2 years ago

My favorite part of this charming town is sunset. Each night is a free show, where everyone gathers on the beach to watch the sun melt into the ocean.

netanyas 3 years ago

Some very cute South France vibes.

stillontheroad 2 years ago

Carmel-by-the-Sea Guides

  • Date night in Carmel California

    travelfuntimes (Travel Funtimes )
    Nestled along the picturesque California coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a romantic haven just waiting to be explored on your next date night. With its fairy-tale cottages, stunning ocean views, and world-class dining, this charming town sets the perfect scene for an evening of enchantment. Whether you're cozying up by a crackling fire at a quaint eatery, strolling hand-in-hand down the moonlit beach, or discovering hidden treasures in local art galleries, Carmel promises a date night filled with magic and memories. Here's a curated list of activities that will surely make your time together in Carmel unforgettable.
  • Art Gallery Walking Tour of Carmel

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    Since the turn of the century, Carmel as been a haven for artists and a refuge for writers and intellectuals who shaped this unique artist colony. Whether you're an art enthusiast or admirer, Carmel is an exploration of nearly 100 art galleries within one-square mile, featuring the works of world-renowned artists and one-of-a-kind finds.
  • Carmel Restaurants

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    Collecting recommendations for restaurants in Carmel
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    Nothing better than wine, nature, soft beds and s’mores.
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  • Dog-friendly beaches in California

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Ah, California – with its sun-kissed coastlines and laid-back vibe, it's a haven for beach lovers, and guess what, that includes our four-legged friends too! If you've got a pup who loves to frolic in the sand just as much as you do, you're in for a treat. From the misty shores of Carmel Beach down to the balmy stretches of Coronado Dog Beach, the Golden State is brimming with spots where your dog can dash through the surf, dig to their heart's content, and maybe even catch a Frisbee or two. So leash up, pack some treats, and let's uncover the tail-wagging havens that make California's coastline a paradise for dogs and their human pals.
  • Road Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway

    gocamp (GoCamp )
    <p>Imagine cruising along in your camper van rental with the windows down, the salty ocean breeze tousling your hair, and the soul-stirring views of the rugged Pacific coastline stretching out before you. That's the allure of a road trip on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, a spectacular route winding along California's coast. With charming beach towns, historic landmarks, and panoramic viewpoints at every turn, this is the quintessential adventure for anyone with a case of wanderlust and a love for the open road. Buckle up, my friend, because we're going to delve into the must-see stops and hidden gems that will make your camper van journey on the PCH unforgettable.</p>
  • Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip: The most scenic stops along the way

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Ready to hit the road and feast your eyes on some of the most stunning coastal views America has to offer? Buckle up, because the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway 1, is a road tripper's dream—a ribbon of tarmac stretching along the edge of the western United States, flaunting ocean vistas, charming towns, and awe-inspiring landscapes that you'll be reminiscing about for years to come. As you wind your way from the misty shores of the north to the sun-kissed beaches in the south, there are some stops that simply can't be missed. So let's talk about the Pacific Coast Highway road trip and all the scenic pit stops that make this journey an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Travel Ideas For A Father's Day Getaway

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    These are the perfect backdrops for some major one-on-one time with pops, from the sweeping vineyards of Napa Valley to the dynamic desert landscapes of Tuscon. Set up father's day the right way- fine wine, golfing, and camping trips. Check out our picks for the best getaway spots to whisk your dad away on a real adventure.
  • Road Trippin' the California Coast

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    Looking to explore the Central and Southern California coastline? This road trip along Highway 1 (aka Pacific Coast Highway, PCH) covers my favorite spots to soak up the sun and relish in some of California's most quintessential views. Convertible required.
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  • Most Romantic Spots Around the World

    netanyas (Netanya Trimboli)
    To me, there's nothing more romantic than a coastal destination. These are the places most idyllic to walk hand in hand with the apple of your eye. #SeekerChallenge
  • Romantic Cities in the World

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    There are countless magical cities to get lost in together- whether you and your sweetheart seek moonlit strolls along the pathways of Kyoto or kisses beneath a glittering Eiffel tower. We always have romance on our minds while traveling, and here are our picks of the best romantic backdrops for the next chapter of your epic love story.
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    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    Planning to hit the road this summer? Check out these charming towns across America gushing with personality and history.