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La Playa Carmel
La Playa Carmel

Camino Real at Eighth Ave., Carmel 93921

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (460 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Bough Playhouse and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Gol …

£261
Best Western Plus Carmel Bay View Inn
Best Western Plus Carmel Bay View Inn

Junipero Street Between 5th And 6th St, Carmel 93921

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (692 reviews)

Situated in Carmel, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carmel Plaza and Carmel Beach. Pebble Beach Golf Links is 2.7 mi …

£95
Wayside Inn
Wayside Inn

7th Avenue & Mission Street, Carmel 93921

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (380 reviews)

Located in the heart of Carmel, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Scheid Vineyards Tasting Room and Carmel Beach. Pebble …

£145
Candle Light Inn
Candle Light Inn

San Carlos Street, Carmel 93921

2.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (503 reviews)

Located in the heart of Carmel, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Carmel Beach. Pebbl …

£127
Hotel Abrego
Hotel Abrego
0.9 mi from Carmel
3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,462 reviews)

Offering friendly service and immaculate rooms, this hotel is 1 block from Historic Downtown Monterey, 5 blocks from …

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Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
1.3 mi from Carmel
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (2,871 reviews)

Just 200 yards from Fisherman's Wharf, this resort borders Custom House Plaza, with the beach and sparkling bay just beyond …

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Monterey Bay Inn
Monterey Bay Inn
2 mi from Carmel
3.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (830 reviews)

Anchoring the quiet end of Cannery Row, this waterfront boutique hotel is perched above Monterey Bay, with Fisherman's Wharf …

£142
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
2.1 mi from Carmel
4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (2,768 reviews)

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa sits right on the bay in the center of town, a 15-minute walk from Fisherman’s Wharf and 2.5 miles …

£197
Best Western Plus Victorian Inn
Best Western Plus Victorian Inn
2.1 mi from Carmel
3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,268 reviews)

Less than a half-mile from Monterey Bay Aquarium and 1 block off Cannery Row, this Green Seal certified, family-friendly Best …

£97
Spindrift Inn
Spindrift Inn
2.3 mi from Carmel
3.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (875 reviews)

On a stretch of beach along Monterey Bay, this European-style boutique hotel is less than 3 blocks from Monterey Bay Aquarium …

£164

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Pocket Guide: Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small town just south of Monterey, and is frequently named one of the United States' top tourist destinations thanks to its white-sand beaches and small, charming town centre. Carmel’s tucked-away courtyards and alleys are abuzz with antique stores, art galleries, restaurants, spas and boutiques, and shopping mall Carmel Plaza has more than 40 shops and restaurants set within a garden patio. The town’s most famous resident is Clint Eastwood, who was the local mayor from 1986 to 1988, and owns a restaurant near to Carmel Beach.

Carmel is also noted for its dog-friendliness – in fact, the shopping centre has a drinking fountain for four-legged friends, known locally as the ‘Fountain of Woof’.

Accommodation in Carmel

The small beach city offers a wide range of two- to four-star accommodation, from pet-friendly hotels to adventure sport inns. In fact, Carmel is well-known for its large number of independently-owned inns, which boast unique features and a friendly vibe. Choose to stay near a dreamy Californian beach or besides a picturesque vineyard. Whatever your preference and budget, you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome.

Top Beaches in Carmel

Sited in Carmel-by-the-Sea itself, Carmel Beach draws surfers and dog walkers to its sandy shores. Locals and tourists bring picnics and wine to the beach in the evening to watch glorious sunsets. You're even allowed to light a small fire on the beach to keep you warm as the day draws to a close. One mile south of Carmel Beach is Carmel River State Beach, which appeals to divers, kayakers, surfers and bird-watchers.

Carmel's Top Attractions

Take a tour of Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo (Carmel Mission), the second mission to be built in California during the Spanish period. Established in 1771, the mission is worth a look for its peaceful garden and stone Basilica filled with 18th-century artworks.

Hire a bicycle and cycle the 17-Mile Drive that hugs the coast between Carmel and Pacific Grove, and is lined with glorious beaches, golf courses and huge mansions. Keep your eyes peeled for a 250-year-old cypress tree that's thought to be the most photographed tree in North America.

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