Carmel-by-the-Sea is a beautiful beach town on the Central Coast of California. Carmel is the perfect beach retreat for any vacationer looking to put aside all their daily stress and unwind during their California beach vacation
Carmel's laid-back atmosphere allows you to take life in stride. Visitors can explore this small town on foot, and take in the the meandering streets, secluded alleyways, gardens, fairytale cottages, courtyards, and arcades filled with numerous art studios, galleries, antique shops, boutiques, small cafes and restaurants. Visit the dozens of art galleries in Carmel such as New Masters Gallery, which was named in 1998 as the Gallery and Business of the Year, the William A. Karges Fine Art, which is one of the first galleries specializing in early Californian paintings, and the Zantman Galleries, which is one of Carmel's oldest galleries, featuring paintings and sculpture by living American, European, and Asian artists.
If you want to be closer to the water then visit Point Lobos on your Carmel beach vacation, and discover sea otters, tide pools, and hiking. In Carmel, you can find isolated beaches to go surfing, beachcombing, or picnicking, and even whale watching. At the end of the day, stand on Scenic Road Walkway adjacent to the shore, and breathtakingly watch the dazzling sun glide below the horizon. Golf enthusiasts should visit the famous Pebble Beach keys, go golfing on emerald green fairways with gleaming lakes and incredible views of the Pacific Coast