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Where to Go When in Carmel, CA

Panorama View at 17 Mile Drive at Highway 1 in California

A pleasant Mediterranean climate, the Pacific’s dramatic coastline and an unexpectedly European character makes Carmel a “village by the sea” worth disappearing to.

Though the town is the smallest in Monterey County, its attractions are anything but. Plan a visit to these sites on your next trip around Carmel.

Carmel Beach

Ocean Avenue and Scenic Road, Carmel

Internationally famous for its white sands, Carmel Beach is popular with all kinds of beachgoers: surfers, sunbathers, dog lovers, sandcastle builders, and people out for a boardwalk stroll.

Whichever group you belong to, the Pacific Ocean’s cool waters and the breathtaking views of Carmel Point and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve await you.

17-Mile Drive

Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula

Enjoy the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the Pacific Coast as you drive through this exclusive 17-mile stretch of road.

Some points of interest to explore include Spanish Bay Beach (named after the Spanish explorers who landed and camped there in 1769), Bird Rock (where you can watch seals, sea lions, pelicans, and cormorants roam the shore), and Lone Cypress, the famed 250-year-old cypress standing vigil on a rocky cliff dropping into the Pacific.

If you want to maximize your experience on 17-Mile Drive, take it in mile by mile with this guide.

Downtown Carmel

Carmel’s charming reputation draws from European design elements found throughout its downtown area. The downtown’s thatched-roof cottages, half-timbered houses, and small storefronts lend the area an air reminiscent of a small English countryside town. Art galleries and small boutique stores line narrow, cobbled streets, which themselves lead to hidden passageways that open up to intimate garden courtyards.

Reserve outdoor seats at the La Balena and be transported to central Italy. Enjoy the rustic flavors of Tuscany with a plate of ricotta and mushroom gnocchi, a side of broccolini, and a glass of Italian soda or beer.

Caraccioli Cellars

7393 Dolores Street, Carmel

A local, family-run winery that has been in business since 2006, Caraccioli Cellars prides itself in producing pinot noirs, chardonnays, brut rosés, and brut cuvées using grapes solely from its estate vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands.

The winery’s great attention to winemaking is evident even during grape harvest. Grapes are picked by hand and transported in totes instead of bins to reduce premature bruising and ensure the high-quality of the winery’s “fruit forward” wines.

Reserve a table at Caraccioli’s tasting room downtown for a 45-minute immersion in five award winning bottles.

Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company

Ocean Ave (between Lincoln & Monte Verde), Carmel

The Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company has been in business since 1994. If you’re a fan of coffee and organic, slow-roasted beans, head to any one of the company’s several branches located throughout town. Grab a cup of your favorite brew curbside and pair it with scrumptious butter croissants and scones.

Not up to venturing outside? Order online and have freshly roasted beans delivered to your door. The online store is stocked with single origins and blends from different parts of the globe.

Carmel-by-the-sea has many attractions that make it worth both visiting and living in. If you’ve been thinking of moving to this picturesque town, reach out to Cheryl Heyermann, Certified Residential Specialist and REALTOR® specializing in Carmel, CA homes.

Call us, The Peninsula Group Real Estate at 831.595.5045 or send an email to info(at)ThePeninsulaGroup(dotted)com to discover homes for sale in Carmel, CA that’ll best suit your lifestyle. Whether you’re in the market for a charming little cottage or luxury homes are more your style, you can’t go wrong when you partner with a billion-dollar-generating brokerage.