Top Choice State Park in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

They bark, they bathe and they’re fun to watch – sea lions are the stars here at Punta de los Lobos Marinos (Point of the Sea Wolves), almost 4 miles south of Carmel, where a dramatically rocky coastline offers exce…
Top Choice Church in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Mission San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo

Monterey's original mission was established by Franciscan friar Junípero Serra in 1770, but poor soil and the corrupting influence of Spanish soldiers forced the move to Carmel two years later. Today this is one of …
Historic Building in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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 both the man and the bohemian ethos of Old Carmel. A porthole in…
Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea

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 sunset (until 10pm Monday through Thursday only).
Farm in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Earthbound Farm Stand

Where sun-kissed vineyards and farm fields rustle beside one another, Carmel Valley is peaceful. At organic Earthbound Farm's roadside farmstand, sample the fresh-fruit smoothies and homemade soups, or cut your own …
Winery in Carmel-by-the-Sea


Several wineries in Carmel Valley offer tastings – don’t miss the Pinot Noir bottled by Boekenoogen. Afterwards, stretch your legs in Carmel Valley village, chock-a-block with genteel cafes and whimsical shops.
Landmark in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Lone Cypress

Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel River State Beach