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Carmel has some beautiful beaches bordering small cliffs and steep hills, much of it in view from Highway 1. The town features the Carmel Mission as the main historic site, while downtown offers a wide variety of upscale shops and restaurants in a small village atmosphere. Carmel is about 15 miles from picturesque Bixby Bridge and just down the road from posh Pebble Beach and its array of golf courses along the beach. Clint Eastwood was mayor of Carmel back in the 70s, and you can stop into Hogsbreath Saloon which he still owns, but leases out to another company to operate, and where he still occasionally visits. He also owns the Mission Ranch, a local favorite restaurant and inn near the Carmel Mission, and the Tehama Golf Club near Carmel Valley.

I recently broke out my Pebble Beach tips into a separate VT page, so check it out! Note...if you want a tee time at one of the big three Pebble Beach courses (Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Spanish Bay), you have to stay at a Pebble Beach resort which costs a minimum of $525 a night, plus greens fees.

The Monterey County Weekly "Best Of 2006 Readers' Picks" named Carmel Beach as the best Beach and the best Place to Watch the Sunset in Monterey County!

  • Last visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 4, 2008
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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Just wonderful Carmel page, esp. the restaurants and the Carmel Mission. Great info

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Another great page for a town near your home turf! I enjoyed your overview of Carmel.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2007 at 3:23 AM

    Such a spectacular coastline. Shame it's so exclusively expensive!! I'm also a real sucker for sunsets.....

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2007 at 10:19 PM

    Nice round-up of some Carmel activities. Point Lobos is nice, not the best, but very nice. Avenue of the Humbolt Redwoods and Calaveras Big Trees are also high on my list.

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2007 at 9:09 PM

    Whoa. Them thar's my 150 acres, buckaroo. My neck is more brown than red. lol. In five years you will see one of my vineyards where that old ramshackle of a home sits.

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