Carmel

Carmel Travel Guide

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s impossibly charming inns, shops and sceneries make it one of California’s main travel destinations. The town has a peaceful, tranquil pace, but is also home to art galleries, beaches and wineries, which means Carmel travel is perfect for a family getaway, a romantic weekend escape, and everything in between. Carmel was voted #3 destination for romance by Travel + Leisure readers in 2014, and with its stunning sunsets and intimate bed & breakfasts, it’s no wonder why. But there’s plenty more to do when you travel to Carmel than gaze into your lover’s eyes. Let our Carmel travel guide show you some of the area’s highlights.

Things Not to Miss in Carmel

• Learning about Carmel’s historic importance at the Carmel Mission
 • Tasting locally-produced wines at wineries, wine bars and tasting rooms
 • Shopping for clothes, accessories, antiques and all sorts of knickknacks around Ocean Avenue
 • Relaxing at Carmel Beach
 • Admiring the work of world-famous and little-known artists at local art galleries

When to Go to Carmel

Summertime is a popular season for Carmel travel, when they days are warm and give way to cooler evenings. Fall and spring days are crisp, with chilly winds but sunny skies. During winter, Carmel experiences constant rain showers, but temperatures are still mild enough to allow for an enjoyable getaway.

Articles about Carmel

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