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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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$140*
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Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour
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$599*
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Private Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Tour from San Francisco
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$1,100*
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Monterey And Carmel-by-the-Sea Day Private Tour from San Francisco

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Not for families with kids

The life of Carmel really spreads along one road, ocean avenue and while the restaurants are good and the wine tasting was enjoyable, it is an older crowd. The shops are all high... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The life of Carmel really spreads along one road, ocean avenue and while the restaurants are good and the wine tasting was enjoyable, it is an older crowd. The shops are all high end like Rolex, Coach, Optical Shop of Aspen, Tiffany and while there are art shops dotted in between it is not really appealing to kids & teens.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There has been severe climate change in Carmel in the last 15 years, and it is no longer a sunny town with great shops, restaurants, etc. There are still great shops, but it is quite cold. The beach is stunning but again cool, even in July! If you want a warm place to stay I would suggest further up the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed in the town for one night as part of a fly drive trip to Cal. Lovely but expensive boutique stores, nice little walk to the beach which is lovely. Nothing wrong with the town but nothing much else to do other than wander the stores, walk to the beach and eat dinner. One night is plenty.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family and I visited Carmel for an extended weekend and the best time. Monterey is a short 15 min drive and Big Sur is short 45 min drive. The people of Carmel are friendly and laid back. The beaches are pristine and the views spectacular. We visited the Mission of Carmel and is worth the trip. They ask for... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Carmel is a must see! I love all the flowers everywhere. The beach close by. The shops are great. I especially enjoyed the art galleries. Such perfection in art! Great restaurants too!

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Carmel by-the-Sea truly is one of a kind. There are 51 restaurants downtown, a huge number for a town of less than 3,000 people. A beautiful beach, fine shops, and friendly people. Tourism is the #1 industry, and tax revenue from visitors pays nearly 70% of the cost of running the city, so residents are for the most part happy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A gorgeous town well worth visiting. Beautiful tree lined streets with lots of art galleries and super shops - very chic. Great restaurants too. Can get cold even in July so well worth having a jacket and trousers/jeans. Can be very smart or casual. Very relaxed.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Totally old school, a resort of yesteryear. But they keep coming and no wonder why: rustic buildings, beautiful foliage, and plenty of coffee shops to keep you going. Carmel never gets old.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Carmel is one of my favorite parts of California. The town itself is exquisite and is a hub of interesting cars, stores and great food. The beach is absolutely gorgeous as well. Note that it is quite a pricey area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Forget the golf fetish nearby.. The scenery here with moss covered seaside rocks and much wildlife along the route, this is an exclamation mark on either a tour of Monterrey and the aquarium or the quaint streets of Carmel. A cookout is permitted on the beach but be sure to clean up after yourselves. A good way to end the... More 

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