As the name suggests, Carmel-By-The-Sea is a coastal town on the Monterey Peninsula in California. It is popular as a romantic seaside destination for its picturesque surroundings and storybook atmosphere. Carmel-by-the-Sea is an ideal way to enjoy a relaxing holiday with scenic coastal walks, art gallery tours or a stroll through the peaceful and charming town. Some interesting places you can check here are:
Carmel Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is located at the bend of Carmel Bay around a pretty bay that makes you think like a private beach. The view of white sand with the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing over the protruding rocks brings you closer to nature. The cypress trees, which are a landmark of this beach, contribute to its natural beauty. There are many oceanfront roads that you can walk or ride to admire the ocean views. Although swimming is often not recommended because of the dangerous currents, you can enjoy beach activities like volleyball and sunbathing.
Point Lobos is the favorite spot for divers, photographers and artists. It is a good place to discover the underwater world and the diverse marine life. It also has many beautiful natural landscapes that attract visitors, especially artists and photographers, to capture the many natural wonders. Point Lobos also leads to many hiking trails, such as the Sea Lion Point Trail, where hikers can see sea lions crossing from a lookout point on a stream, and the Cypress Trail, which gives an insight into Otters
A beautiful mission, founded by Father Junipero Serra of Spain, is a thriving parish church. It is one of the most beautiful Spanish mission locations in California. It has an impressive basilica and a very decorated interior. The high vaulted ceiling, the chain arches, the altar, the bell tower, the window of the stars and the posters of the Spanish colonial liturgical art impress the visitors.
Fairy- Tale Cottages:
A special feature of Carmel-by-the-Sea are the fairytale cottages, which are a true part of his fantastic architecture. Initially designed by Hugh Comstock as a workshop for his wife’s doll making hobby, he built a large selection of pretty, thatched-roof houses and checkered windows, typical of English-style cottages. Some of the cottages now function as tea rooms and china shops.
With more than 50 art galleries, the city is a paradise for art lovers. The exhibitions are an extensive collection of high quality artwork. There are art trips run by some locals leading you to selected art galleries.
Hidden passageways and courtyards:
Carmel-by-the-Sea has a fascinating variety of passages that you can encounter while running on the streets. Let yourself be surprised by the discoveries of small shops, charming art galleries, quaint cafes in the corners and corners of the city. You will feel like a treasure hunt as you stroll through the narrow streets and courtyards, and unique shops such as “Cottage of Sweets”, “Music Boxes of Caramel” and a guitar shop with a collection of vintage musical instruments.
Garland Ranch Regional Park:
A good place for a hike is the Garland Ranch Regional Park. It has a varied landscape with poplars and plane trees in the plains and many peaks in the mountains of Santa Lucia. Hiking trails lead you through enchanting canyons with colorful maple trees, shady oaks and tall redwood forests. You can also spot wildlife and of course a variety of birds. The park also organizes riding and photo safaris, as well as guided tours by Rangers and volunteers.
Garrapata State Park:
Garapatta Park is 11 km from Carmel-by-the-Sea on Highway 1 and is a national park in California. It has a stretch that stretches for over two miles to the beach, making the trek a delightful experience. A climb of about 50 feet will reward you with the magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean. The paths in the park stretch from the beaches to the dense groves of the coast’s redwood landscape.