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“Great fun to do in Carmel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923
831-624-1271
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Ranked #9 of 25 Attractions in Carmel
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Missions, Cultural
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits.
California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great fun to do in Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Of the 21 missions in California, this is in the top five for me. The mission in the South of Carmel, and on the North side of the Carmel River is well placed and well built. Since it resides on the Salinian Granitic Block it doesn't have as much historical damage as San Juan Bautista (40 miles to the North). This mission is well taken care of and well visited. It does have a fee to enter but it is nominal. I think 6.50 for adults and $2.00 for children. I think I remember $4.00 for seniors. It is very small and it is my recommendation that those who can afford it, leave a bit more money there either by buying from the store or a cash donation in the donation bucket.

The Gardens are very pretty and relaxing and the church is impressive. It doesn't have the size of the cathedrals in Europe or even some of the missions in the chain, but it does have a great historical feel as you walk in.

Visited December 2013
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Massachusetts
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“My favorite of all missions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I have visited all of the missions and this is the most well kept, beautiful and historical of them all. very well kept, serene and beautiful architecture. It is easy to conceptualize what life was like back in the 1700's. The church is the highlight. Everyone's dream to get married there. It is easy to get to from Rt. 1 and only about 5 mins from Carmel center.

Visited April 2014
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Dime Box, Texas
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“Exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Very well kept mission with a variety of attractions - gardens, mission, museum, courtyard, gift shop, etc. Friendly employees, wonderful stop.

Two adult tickets were $6.50 each. A good stop nearby would be Carmel by the Sea too.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“Old and beautiful church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We just stayed outside and took some pictures. It is beautiful inside and I am sure there is a lot to see inside. We were in a hurry and has to leave.

Visited March 2014
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Even in the Rain, One of the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

On my recent tour of California missions, the long awaited rain started just before we got to San Carlos. I'd been here years ago and loved the cloisters and plants. The recent drought, and the early season meant that lots of plants were dead looking in the cloister, but the area in front of the church was wonderful. Huge echiums were flowering, and even daffodils. My photos turned out wonderful, with the addition of water drops on plants and umbrellas against adobe. It is a beautiful setting, and in the cloister the wisteria was just getting ready to bloom. If you like adobes, tile roofs and flowers, this is a great mission no matter the season.

Visited March 2014
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