Escape to Carmel-by-the-Sea for the Weekend
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If you’re looking for a serene, scenic escape from your work routine, then look no further than Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s a quaint coastal town that Travel + Leisure designated as one of “The World’s Best Cities for Romance.” While couples love this village’s romantic atmosphere, it’s a suitable getaway for anyone who’s looking for relaxation.
At the foot of Ocean Avenue, the main beach in town is one of the prettiest beaches in California, if not the country or world. This tree-lined beach is famous for its fine, white, powdery sand that squeaks when you walk on it. Beyond the beach, you’ll find romantic restaurants, art galleries, and laid-back shopping further up Ocean Avenue.
As befitting its village-like atmosphere, you won’t find any large hotels here. Instead, you’ll choose from inns, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rental cottages. If you can, find a place within walking distance of the beach as parking can be challenging in this small town.
Outside of Carmel, Pebble Beach, with its 17-Mile Drive, and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, offer even more incredible scenery.
Check in to your lodging on Friday so you can enjoy the whole day on Saturday. Spend the next day and evening on the beach and walking around town. On Sunday, you can drive 17-Mile Drive on your way home.
Things to Do
- Hang out at Carmel Beach.
- Walk around town and explore the restaurants and art galleries.
- Tour Pebble Beach and 17-Mile Drive.
- Visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
When to Go
Visit in May before the summer coastal fog arrives. The weather at this time is usually sunny, warm, and dry. In the fall, the fog departs, and sunny skies return, so this is another excellent time to visit.
Admission to 17-Mile Drive is $11.25 per vehicle. It costs $10 per vehicle to visit Point Lobos. It’s free to visit Carmel Beach.