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Carmel by the Sea

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Address: Ocean Avenue and State Route 1, Carmel, CA 93921
Phone Number: 888-434-3891
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Cozy Town on the Coast

Carmel is a boutique town! Very small, charmy and stily! One or two days are enough to enjoy its enchanting ambiance! Hotels in town are very expensive. The nearby city of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Carmel is a boutique town! Very small, charmy and stily! One or two days are enough to enjoy its enchanting ambiance! Hotels in town are very expensive. The nearby city of Monterey is a convenient and affordable location just a few minutes away!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the most charming and cozy villages of all California and probably the US. So that is, that Clint Eastwood, Western American movie star and director, is rooted to the place. The artist has properties on the surroundings of Carmel and has been the mayor of the town on the 1980’s. Despite that, it is the perfect... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Carmel has been an "old school" San Francisco Bay Area get-away and tourist spot for probably a hundred years. Great restaurants, shopping and accommodations for most everyone. There are things you should know. Walking is fairly easy, but the Main Street is on a grade that might be difficult for some. The side walks are a patchwork of repairs and... More 

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Oshkosh, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite a little rain on our last visit, our recent trip was wonderful as always. Great accommodations at the Normandy Inn provided the perfect location for our Carmel Vacation. Shopping, dining, friendly people, and the beautiful ocean views - you couldn't ask for a better vacation destination!

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Clinton Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are fortunate to travel to California as we were, a must see is the coastline! Highway 1 between Santa Barbara and Monterey are just breathtaking!!

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Collegeville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The scenery is breathtaking. The restaurants and shops are excellent and the beaches are pristine with white sand and crystal blue water.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no nicer walking town in the US than Carmel. The restaurants and 100's of shops equal the best anywhere and we love the small town atmosphere. Our preference is to stay in town at one of the many inns where great hospitality is the norm. After dark, walking the dim lit streets is as romantic as a carriage... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The is an expensive little seaside town on the north-west coast of California that's just a slice of paradise. Beautiful Houses, nice little shops and cafe's everywhere..take a short stroll through the town and you reach the beach. An Amazing Place. Free 3 hr parking...we also went to a really killer grocery store around this area....so much selection...i forgot the... More 

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Sonoma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No place quite like it. Park your car in a two or three hour spot; no meters, and stroll around. Walk down the hill to the beach and hike as far south as you have the energy. Not to be missed, rain or shine. After hiking back up, you will find many, many wine tasting and art venues. Take your... More 

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Los Osos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a spectacular beach for walking, jogging or just enjoying the views of surf, Pebble Beach and Point Lobos in the south. The crowds can be huge on holidays and when the surf is up but it is a one of a kind place so you kind of have to live with it or try to visit in the... More 

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