Carmel-by-the-Sea, or more often simply Carmel, is an especially beautiful seaside town, just five miles south down Highway 1 from Monterey City, California. Carmel is small but beautifully formed, you can stroll across it in five minutes, towards an idyllic, white sandy beach. Some of the best place to stay in Carmel share this relaxing/invigorating ocean view, while some have views of the Carmel River and lush Carmel Valley.
Carmel is an upmarket, adult-y destination, with nice galleries, cafes, boutiques and restaurants - some of which open out onto spectacularly colourful sunsets. Expect to see people dressed nicely for lunch, and folk driving convertibles slowly down the main street.
Carmel’s pretty views and sandy beach have been attracting visitors since the 1880s, and it’s been especially popular with artists and writers - many who’ve been inspired to feature the famous beach fog in their work.
Carmel Mission, founded in 1771, is probably the town’s main ’sight’. It is said to be one of the most beautiful of California’s Spanish missions.
This is a great spot for a weekend break, or overnight stop, but Carmel also works as a base for exploring the coastline along Highway 1. Nearby you’ll find Point Lobos, a state park with walking trails, more exceptionally lovely coastal views and sea lions.
This pretty town is a busy spot year round, so if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Carmel, get organised and plan well ahead.
This working 22-acre ranch overlooks Point Lobos and the Pacific Ocean. The large, classic rooms have fireplaces, private balconies and bathrooms. American cuisine is on the menu and the Piano Bar is popular with guests and locals alike. Tennis courts and sheep on site, and beaches stones throw away
A charming B&B just outside Carmel town. The quaint rooms feature a pick and mix of large bay windows commanding ocean views, cosy canopied beds, antique furnishings and wooden floors. The perfect spot for exploring this unspoiled corner of California.
Boutique B&B welcomes guests with a stone courtyard, spa and fireplaces. Modern, unique rooms with luxury bathrooms and breakfast in-room. Walking distance from the Carmel restaurants and bars. Relax at the spa, take a leisurely stroll along the coast or go out sailing and look out for whales.
Four Cotswolds-style Robin Hood themed private cottages, in the scenic town of Carmel-on-the-Sea. The cottages feature floral prints, exposed beams, cosy beds, fireplaces and private gardens and patios. Homely, quaint and undeniably elegant.
L'Auberge is a charming luxury hotel in close proximity to Carmel Beach, multiple dining options and walking opportunities. Rooms are luxurious with all mod-cons. The Aubergine restaurant is award-winning and the in-room spa treatments are a must-try. Great spot to relax, or see the local area.