Carmel-By-The-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a charming small town on the Californian coast. Home to fairytale-esque cottages and surrounding by stunning natural landscapes, Carmel is the perfect destination for a getaway. Here are 8 reasons to consider visiting this summer.
1. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a gorgeous natural area located just outside of Carmel, California. The area is home to countless things to do that are sure to satisfy all kinds of nature lovers. Popular activities include scuba diving, hiking, and photography. The preserve is also home to a small museum, where you can learn more about the history of the area.
2. Charming Local Shops
Carmel is home to countless local shops, offering visitors a great way to find some truly one of a kind gifts and souvenirs while also supporting small businesses. If you’re looking to get some shopping in, check out the shops on Ocean Ave, as well as Carmel Plaza. For some specific local gems to explore, check out the selectin of antiques at Wittpenn’s Antiques, pick up a new book at Pilgrim’s Way Community Bookstore & Secret Garden, or find a gift for loved ones back home at Carmel Bay Company.
3. The Town’s Slow, Peaceful Pace
One of the best reasons to visit Carmel is, without a doubt, its peaceful atmosphere and slower pace. While there’s no shortage of cities along the Californian coast, Carmel offers guests reprieve from the hustle and bustle they may find in many of the larger cities such as Los Angeles. This makes the town not only a great option for those looking for a beachfront getaway, but also those looking for a low-stress vacation destination.
4. Beautiful Beaches
There are several stunning beaches near Carmel, California that are perfect for a wide variety of beachgoers. As previously noted, Point Lobos State Natural Preserve offers scuba diving at spots such as Whaler’s Cove. You also won’t want to miss out on lounging on the white sands of Carmel Beach, or enjoying a walk along the mile-long Carmel River State Beach.
5. Charming Places To Stay
Another great reason to visit Carmel are the options for places to stay. The Vagabond’s House, for example, is a charming boutique hotel that offers guests uniquely decorated rooms, as well as an on-site spa. Candlelight Inn, meanwhile, is a beautiful downtown inn perfect for guests that are planning to explore the local shops, restaurants, and art galleries, and it also features a gorgeous outdoor seating area perfect for relaxing in front of a fire in the evenings.
6. Countless Photo Opportunities
Thanks to its beautiful, historic buildings, laid-back atmosphere, and all the beautiful scenery surrounding it, Carmel-By-The-Sea is an amazing place to visit for those looking to take plenty of pictures. Whether you’re a photographer looking for stunning landscapes or the perfect background or simply looking for some fun Instagram pictures, Carmel won’t disappoint.
7. A Rich History
Carmel-By-The-Sea offers guests a rich and varied history. From learning about whaling in the areas in centuries gone by to the town’s continuing modern-day tradition of having no chain restaurants to its historic mission, Carmel isn’t just a small town by size – it also serves as a true and charming example of small-town America.
8. One-Of-A-Kind Memories
All of these pieces come together to form the largest reason to add Carmel-By-The-Sea to your travel itinerary: you’re sure to make some one-of-a-kind memories. Whether you enjoy exploring the nearby natural reserve, shopping at local stores, or learning more about the past of the area you’re visiting, Carmel has something for you. It also has a variety of experiences you won’t find anywhere else. For example, the village made a law against wearing heels higher than 2 inches without a permit decades ago, supposedly to prevent people from tripping over tree roots and uneven payment. While the law isn’t enforced today, you can still pick up a free permit at the City Hall to have a fun story to tell friends about.
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