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Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020
Known for being walkable and family-friendly, the Carmel neighbourhood offers many convenient options for restaurants and cafés. The neighbourhood's friendly people and natural features are just a couple of its charming qualities. The sea and beaches showcase the area's natural beauty. Carmel has hotels to suit everyone's tastes, and makes a great home base for exploring the sights in and around Carmel.
The local aquarium will impress, as will other attractions. Sights like Golden Bough Playhouse, Sunset Center, and Forest Theater Guild offer insight into the local culture. Carmel Mission Basilica, Tor House, and Larkin House are some local landmarks. Hours of family fun are waiting at MY Museum Monterey County Youth Museum, Dennis the Menace Park, and Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum.
Golfing, shopping, and diving are a few popular activities in the area. Dip your toes in the water and soak up the sun at Carmel Beach, Carmel City Beach, and Carmel River State Beach. You can spend a leisurely afternoon outside at Lone Cypress Pine, Don Dahvee Park, or Point Lobos State Reserve. Looking for a little retail therapy? Consider a shopping trip to Carmel Plaza, The Barnyard, and Del Monte Shopping Center. If you've got some more time, you won't be disappointed by Galante Vineyards, Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room, and Wrath Winery.
A few of the most popular sights in the area include Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and California State University Monterey Bay. Cherry Center for the Arts, Smallsea, A Metropolis in Miniature, and Pebble Beach Golf Links are other top spots to see.
Learn about your options for water transportation at the marina.
The closest major airport is Monterey, CA (MRY-Monterey Peninsula), located 7.8 km (4.8 miles) from Carmel.