With everything from romance to adventure, there are tons of great things to do in Carmel by the Sea. Enjoy luxury lodging, delicious local restaurants and top Carmel activities.

Area Attractions

Carmel by the Sea, with its European style architecture and quaint charm, has been home to many creative artists, writers, actors and musicians over the 100 years in existence.

Carmel by the Sea’s easy walkability to one of a kind shops, galleries, award winning restaurants and wine tasting rooms are one of many reasons it’s the crown jewel of the Monterey Peninsula.

Pet Friendly Carmel Beach runs the 1 mile length of the village at the end of Ocean Avenue with views of nearby Pebble Beach Golf Course and Point Lobos State Preserve.

Carmel by the Sea is the perfect location to explore within and around the village. Monterey Bay Aquarium, the magnificent Big Sur, Carmel Valley and Carmel Mission and just a few of the close areas rich in history, scenic beauty and active leisure activities.

Visit Carmel Country Inn’s Plan your Stay page for more information.

Things to do in Carmel - Lighthouse on the coast


Driving Directions

From the North:

  • Highway 1 South to Ocean Avenue (Carmel Exit)
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Dolores Street
  • Right on Dolores Street to Third Street

From the South:

  • Highway 1 South to Ocean Avenue (Carmel Exit)
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Dolores Street
  • Right on Dolores Street to Third Avenue

From the North:

  • Follow Highway 5 South to Highway 152 West (Pacheco Pass)
  • Highway 152West to Highway 101 South
  • 101 South to Highway 156 West (Monterey Peninsula Exit)
  • Highway 156 West to Highway 1 South
  • Highway 1 South to Ocean Avenue (Carmel Exit)
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Dolores Street
  • Right on Dolores Street to Third Street

From the South:

  • Follow Highway 5 North to Highway 46 West (Lost Hills) to Paso Robles
  • Highway 36 West to Highway 101 North
  • Follow Highway 101 North to Salinas/Blanco Road (Monterey Peninsula Exit)
  • Follow Blanco Road and turn Left onto Highway 68 (Monterey Peninsula/Laguna Seca Raceway)
  • Highway 68 West to Highway 1 South
  • Highway 1 South to Ocean Avenue (Carmel Exit)
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Dolores Street
  • Right on Dolores Street to Third Avenue

From the North:

  • Follow Highway 101 South to Highway 156 West (Monterey Peninsula Exit)
  • Highway 156 West to Highway 1 South
  • Highway 1 South to Ocean Avenue (Carmel Exit)
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Dolores Street
  • Right on Dolores Street to Third Street

From the South:

  • Follow Highway 101 North to Salinas/Blanco Road (Monterey Peninsula Exit)
  • Follow Blanco Road and turn Left onto Highway 68 (Monterey Peninsula/Laguna Seca Raceway)
  • Highway 68 West to Highway 1 South
  • Highway 1 South to Ocean Avenue (Carmel Exit)
  • Right on Ocean Avenue to Dolores Street
  • Right on Dolores Street to Third Avenue

Things to do in Carmel - Table and chairs on a balcony