City Guide: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel is laid-back and brimming with culture.

It is the only city in the world where street addresses, modern architecture and franchise businesses are banned to allow extra space for cultural opportunities in the city. Famous for its quaint shops, homes that are claustrophobic for the European traveler and innocent coastline, this is the way life in Carmel.

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City Guide: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel is laid-back and brimming with culture.

It is the only city in the world where street addresses, modern architecture and franchise businesses are banned to allow extra space for cultural opportunities in the city. Famous for its quaint shops, homes that are claustrophobic for the European traveler and innocent coastline, this is the way life in Carmel.

You can experience this laid-back feel on your trip to Carmel. Be it a room in cheap hotel in Carmel to luxury offers all listed with maps, photos and secure forms at Booked.net.

Carmel doesn't exhaust itself with beaches only, as you can find there three small, but very interesting museums about the city's history with various antiques on display. Along with museums goes fascinating architecture with unique off-the-beaten-track buildings and the graves of more than three thousand local Indians at the local cemetery.

Other attractions include;

  • Carmel Mission, established by Father Junipero Sera along the coast of California

  • 17 Mile Drive, a scenic drive through the most prestigious neighborhood in Northern California

  • Point Lobos, a State Park located just south of Carmel

  • Gravity Garden, a sculpture garden by artist Jim Needham

  • The Barnyard offers a collection of art galleries and clothing

But the majority of tourists flock to Carmel for its powder-white coastline and crystal-clear waters. Its Carmel River State Beach is among the favorite to sunbathe on for visitors for its impressive setting under the rocky cliffs and near the tranquil blue waters. In addition, Carmel boasts a very beautiful environment with more than 250 bird and animal species along the sea and the richest underwater environment in California.

Carmel had featured very diverse inhabitants from Esselen, then Ohlone Native American tribes before the Europeans forced them off the land. Settled since the early 18th century, Carmel began to take shape with the Mission San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo by Father Junípero Serra in 1771. After 1848 Carmel changed hands from Mexican to American as Mexico ceded California after the Mexican-American War.

Since then Carmel has started to work to draw new residents to the area. It founded the Carmel Development Company for the new jobs in the city and this paid off with success. The majority of people to relocate to Carmel were from San Francisco escaping the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake there. Many newcomers to the area were artists inspired by Carmels' beauty like Jack London, Robinson Jeffers, Sinclair Lewis and Upton Sinclair. Along with writers Carmel appeared in the focus of photographers' cameras by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

From the remote Canadian coast to magazine covers and today Carmel is available to tour for you with Booked.net.



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  • Carmel Lodge

    3 star hotel
    San Carlos And 5Th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    7.2 - Very good
    Based on 40 reviews
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    The tranquil Carmel Lodge offers cosy accommodation in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It was opened in 1950 and is an example of European architecture in Carmel-by-the-Sea. More details

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    US$189
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  • Carmel Valley Ranch

    4 star hotel
    One Old Ranch Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93923 (Map)
    7.6 - Excellent
    Based on 36 reviews
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    The luxury four-star hotel Carmel Valley Ranch is positioned between Carmel-by-the-Sea village and the Santa Lucia Mountains. Silicon Valley and Central Coast are close to it. More details

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    US$550
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  • Hyatt Carmel Highlands

    4 star hotel
    120 Highlands Drive, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93923 (Map)
    7.6 - Excellent
    Based on 26 reviews
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    The Hyatt Carmel Highlands is a four-star hotel with a truly coveted setting a few steps from the Pacific Ocean in Carmel, known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. More details

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    US$450
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  • L'Auberge Carmel

    4 star hotel
    Monte Verde At Seventh, Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    9.0 - Exceptional
    Based on 32 reviews
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    The designer 4-star L'Auberge Carmel offers an ideal spot in a shopping area just outside an aquarium, golf courses and restaurants. With accents of antique architecture, the hotel was built in 1929 and renovated in 2004. More details

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    US$494
    per night
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  • Junipero Between 5Th & 6Th, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 51 reviews
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    The exclusive B.W. More details

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  • Pine Inn

    4 star hotel
    Ocean Ave & Monte Verde, Carmel, Ca 93921, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    8.6 - Exceptional
    Based on 138 reviews
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    Situated within a beach, the luxury Pine Inn offers 45 elegant guestrooms with views of the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1889, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 1996. More details

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    US$193
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  • Carmel Mission Inn

    3 star hotel
    3665 Rio Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93923 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 83 reviews
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    Located in a beach area of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Mission Inn is a 3-star pleasant property that offers a fitness room, a private garden. Since 1970, it has been a prominent hotel in the center of Carmel-by-the-Sea. More details

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    US$191
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  • Camino Real At 8Th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 29 reviews
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    La Playa Carmel By The Sea is a 3-star tranquil guesthouse, located blocks from the beach. Since 1905, it has been a prominent hotel in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. More details

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    US$326
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  • Ocean Ave & Torres St., Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 45 reviews
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    Comfort Inn Carmel By The Sea is a 3-star designer hotel offering comfortable accommodation steps away from Peter Hay Golf Course, Rancho Canada Golf Club and Cypress Point Golf Club. The hotel is conveniently situated in an entertainment area, close to forests. More details

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  • The Normandy Inn

    3 star hotel
    Ocean Avenue And Monte Verde Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    9.0 - Exceptional
    Based on 42 reviews
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    The boutique Normandy Inn is a great place in a beach area of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The hotel's French building set in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea was completely refurbished in 2009. More details

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    US$186
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  • Carmel Valley Lodge

    3 star hotel
    8 Ford Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93924 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 12 reviews
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    The 3-star Carmel Valley Lodge provides great views over Santa Lucia Mountains. Major Carmel-by-the-Sea attractions, such as Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, Jacks Peak County Park and Galante Vineyards are located nearby. More details

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    US$246
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  • Adobe Inn

    4 star hotel
    Dolores St And 8Th Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    8.8 - Exceptional
    Based on 42 reviews
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    Adobe Inn is a 4-star luxury property that offers spacious accommodation steps away from Peter Hay Golf Course, Seventeen Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Golf Course. Founded in 1974, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011. More details

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    US$232
    per night
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  • Wayside Inn

    3 star hotel
    7Th Avenue And Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    8.8 - Exceptional
    Based on 28 reviews
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    The comfortable 3-star Wayside Inn offers spacious guestrooms. Many Carmel-by-the-Sea sights, including Peter Hay Golf Course, Seventeen Mile Drive and Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach are 20 minutes away from the hotel. More details

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    US$269
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  • Tally Ho Inn

    3 star hotel
    Monte Verde St At Sixth St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    9.4 - Superb
    Based on 28 reviews
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    The hotel Tally Ho Inn provides good lodging in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The building was renovated in 2006. More details

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    US$279
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  • Carmel Inn And Suites

    3 star hotel
    5Th Ave. And Junipero St., Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93923 (Map)
    8.6 - Exceptional
    Based on 23 reviews
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    The world-class Carmel Inn And Suites is a 3-star property set next to Peter Hay Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Course and Tor House. With accents of antique architecture, the hotel was built in 1974 and renovated in 2004. More details

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    US$210
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  • 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93923 (Map)
    6.4 - Good
    Based on 2 reviews
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    The business Quail Lodge And Golf Club is a decent example of a 4-star hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The property is located in a mountain of Carmel-by-the-Sea, close to Carmel Village, Rancho Canada Golf Club and Carmel's Forest Theater. More details

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    US$330
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  • 5Th & San Carlos St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 76 reviews
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    Best Western Carmel'S Town House Lodge is a 2-star tranquil property offering a seasonal outdoor pool, a golf course. Founded in 1955, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2094. More details

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    US$152
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  • 13Th &Amp; San Antonio, Carmel, Us, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 18 reviews
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    The traditional Colonial Terrace Inn By The Sea is placed blocks from the beachfront. The building was renovated in 2004. More details

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  • Hofsas House Hotel

    3 star hotel
    3Rd / 4Th Street On San Carlos, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 152 reviews
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    Hofsas House Hotel is located blocks from the pebble beach. The property is located in a beach of Carmel-by-the-Sea, close to Peter Hay Golf Course, Mission Basilica and Cypress Point Golf Club. More details

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  • Junipero Between 7Th And 8Th ;, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93923 (Map)
    8.8 - Exceptional
    Based on 176 reviews
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    Cobblestone Inn Carmel is a 3-star central guesthouse, located walk from the beach. Founded in 1950, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2002. More details

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  • Carmel Wayfarer Inn

    3 star hotel
    4Th Ave And Mission Ave ;, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States (Map)
    7.6 - Excellent
    Based on 145 reviews
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    Carmel Wayfarer Inn is a 3-star hotel offering a courtyard, a private garden to its guests. 20 minutes away from Seventeen Mile Drive, Pebble Beach Golf Course and Peter Hay Golf Course. More details

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  • Carriage House Inn

    2 star hotel
    Junipero Between 7Th And 8Th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    9.2 - Exceptional
    Based on 16 reviews
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    The stylish Carriage House Inn is placed within the beachfront. Major Carmel-by-the-Sea attractions, such as Point Lobos State Reserve, Rancho Canada Golf Club and Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach are located nearby. More details

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    US$350
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  • Carmel River Inn

    2 star hotel
    26600 Oliver Road, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93922 (Map)
    8.8 - Exceptional
    Based on 22 reviews
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    Carmel River Inn is a 2-star property, located directly on the stunning sandy beach. The cozy hotel, built in 1935, is renowned for its old-style architecture. More details

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    US$167
    per night
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  • Carmel Lodge

    3 star hotel
    San Carlos St At 5Th Ave ;, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    7.2 - Very good
    Based on 40 reviews
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    The 3-star Carmel Lodge is located in coastal Carmel-by-the-Sea, minutes away from Peter Hay Golf Course, Cypress Point Golf Club and Mission Basilica. Opened in 1950, the family hotel attracts visitors with its European architecture. More details

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    US$157
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  • Clarion Collection

    2 star hotel
    Ne 5Th & Mission, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, United States, 93921 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 13 reviews
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    Clarion Collection is located walk from the pebble beach. Built in 1950 and remodeled in 1980, the hotel is a unique combination of antique architecture and modern facilities. More details

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    US$148
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