Must-see attractions in Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Top Choice
    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    They bark, they laze and bathe and they’re fun to watch – sea lions are the stars in this state park some 4 miles south of Carmel, along with the…

  • Top Choice
    Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo

    Carmel's strikingly beautiful mission is an oasis of solemnity with flowering gardens and a thick-walled basilica filled with Spanish Colonial art and…

  • Tor House

    Even if you’ve never heard of 20th-century poet Robinson Jeffers, a pilgrimage to this house built with his own hands offers fascinating insights into…

  • Carmel Beach City Park

    Not always sunny, Carmel Beach is a gorgeous blanket of white sand, where pampered pups excitedly run off-leash. South of 10th Ave, bonfires crackle after…

  • I. Brand & Family

    This modern tasting room is a good place to try Californian-, French- and Spanish-style wines. A vinyl turntable and retro board games give it a hip…

  • Lone Cypress

    Central California's most famous and photographed tree has been perched precariously on a seaward rock for possibly more than 250 years.

  • Joyce Wine Company

    A modern and stylish room showcasing the winery's well-regarded Pinot Noir and rosé.

  • Carmel River State Beach

    Migratory birds are attracted to this mile-long stretch of sand bordered by a lagoon formed by the Carmel River.

  • Earthbound Farm Stand

    This roadside farmstand offers smoothies, soups and lets you harvest your own herbs in the garden.