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Carmel-By-The-Sea , or Carmel, as it is more commonly called, is a unique, quaint, colorful village that is located along California Highway 1, south of San Francisco. It was founded in the late 1800s by a group of Bohemian artists and writers, and their cultural influence is still seen and felt in the town today. You will find no billboards or glaring neon lights in Carmel, nor are there sidewalks or streetlights in the residential area. Homes are known by names, not numbers. Carmel has a charming European style and its rural setting and slow pace is very relaxing. Small boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, elegant inns and cozy bed and breakfasts fill the town. Colorful flowers spill from every nook and cranny, and the quaint Gingerbread style architecture adds to the feeling of a European storybook village. To the north of Carmel is famous Pebble Beach, where you can golf while overlooking the Pacific Ocean. To the south is the spectacular Big Sur coastline, which has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Besides sightseeing and shopping, other things to do in Carmel include horseback riding on the beach, guided walks of the town through secret pathways and gardens, and visiting nearby Point Lobos State Park. During summer months, the city sponsors a Carmel Friday Night Art Walk. Romantic Carmel-by-the-Sea is a one-of-a-kind place and is sure to be a vacation destination you will never forget.

Surrounding areas: Pebble Beach, California (1.5 mi), Carmel, California (1.7 mi), Monterey, California (3.5 mi), Carmel Highlands, California (3.6 mi), Pacific Grove, California (4.3 mi), Carmel Valley, California (12.2 mi), Monterey Bay, California (16.9 mi)

Carmel-By-The-Sea Vacation Rentals

Carmel-By-The-Sea Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Candle Light InnSan Carlos Between 4th & 5th AveCarmel By The Sea, CA (831) 624-6451
Dolphin InnNE Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA (831) 624-5356
Svendsgaard's InnNW Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA (831) 624-1511
Wayside Inn7th & Mission StsCarmel By The Sea, CA (831) 624-5336
Carmel Sands LodgeCarmel, CA (831) 624-1255
Comfort Inn Carmel By The SeaOcean Ave & Torres StCarmel, CA (831) 622-7090
The Inn At Spanish Bay2700 17-mile DrPebble Beach, CA1.5 mi.(408) 647-7500
The Lodge At Pebble BeachSeventeen Mile DrPebble Beach, CA1.5 mi.(408) 624-3811
Bay Park Hotel1425 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.2 mi.(831) 649-1020
The Mariposa Inn1386 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.3 mi.(831) 649-1414
Super 81300 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.5 mi.(831) 373-3203
Comfort Inn1252 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.6 mi.(831) 372-8088
Howard Johnson Express Inn1240 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.6 mi.(831) 375-6002
Best Value Surf Inn1200 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.7 mi.(800) 521-5821
Ramada Limited - Carmel Hill1182 Cass StMonterey, CA2.7 mi.(831) 375-2679
Quality Inn1058 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.8 mi.(831) 372-3381
Carmel Vly Ranch Resort A Wyndham ResortOne Old RNCH RdCarmel, CA3.0 mi.(800) 996-3426
Casa Munras Garden Hotel700 Munras AveMonterey, CA3.2 mi.(831) 375-2411
Monterey Downtown Travelodge675 Munras AveMonterey, CA3.2 mi.(831) 373-1876
Sand Dollar Inn755 Abrego StMonterey, CA3.2 mi.(831) 372-7551
Americas Best Value Stage Coach Lodge1111 10th StMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 373-3632
Hilton Monterey1000 Aquajito RdMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 373-6141
Hotel Pacific300 Pacific StMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 373-5700
Hyatt Regency MontereyOne Golf Course RdMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 372-1234
Monterey Bay Inn242 Cannery RowMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 658-3333
Monterey Bay Lodge55 Camino AquijitoMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(800) 558-1900
Monterey Marriott350 Calle PrincipalMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 649-4234
Monterey Plaza Hotel400 Cannery RowMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 646-1700
Portola Plaza Hotel2 Portola PlzMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 649-4511
Spindrift Inn652 Cannery RowMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 646-8900
The Monterey Hotel406 Alvarado StMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 375-3184
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay2050 N Fremont StMonterey, CA4.2 mi.(831) 373-3081
Econo Lodge2042 Fremont StMonterey, CA4.2 mi.(831) 372-5851
Holiday Inn Express443 Wave StMonterey, CA4.2 mi.(831) 372-1800
Monterey Carmel Travelodge At Fairgrounds2030 N Fremont StMonterey, CA4.2 mi.(831) 373-3381
Ramada Limited2058 N Fremont StMonterey, CA4.2 mi.(831) 375-9511
Victorian Inn487 Foam StMonterey, CA4.2 mi.(831) 373-8000
Victorian Inn487 Foam StMonterey, CA4.2 mi.(831) 373-8000
Quality Inn2075 Fremont StMonterey, CA4.3 mi.(831) 373-5551
Rodeway Inn Monterey2041 Fremont StMonterey, CA4.3 mi.(831) 373-2911
Bed & Breakfast
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA (831) 625-2585
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA29.1 mi.(831) 462-3376

Carmel-By-The-Sea Weather & Climate

Mild weather prevails on the Monterey Bay Peninsula year round. It is never too hot or never too cold. Sunny days with cool mornings and cool evenings are normal for the area, except in summer when a blanket of seasonal fog often hugs the coastline blocking out the sun for days. For this reason, summer may seem a few degrees cooler than fall and winter, although in actuality, it is not. On many days, the fog burns off by noontime. The rainy season generally runs November through March with an average annual rainfall of 18.5 inches. The average annual fog days are 183. If you are visiting and the fog rolls in, take a short drive inland to Carmel Valley where it is sunnier and usually a few degrees warmer than right along the Bay and coastline. Cool temperatures make humidity levels of no real consequence in the Monterey Bay area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 59°F 43°F 4.19 in. 55°F
February 61°F 44°F 3.75 in. 56°F
March 61°F 45°F 3.53 in. 56°F
April 64°F 46°F 1.48 in. 57°F
May 64°F 48°F 0.50 in. 58°F
June 66°F 50°F 0.20 in. 60°F
July 68°F 52°F 0.09 in. 62°F
August 69°F 53°F 0.11 in. 63°F
September 71°F 53°F 0.28 in. 63°F
October 69°F 50°F 1.06 in. 61°F
November 64°F 46°F 2.43 in. 58°F
December 59°F 43°F 2.73 in. 57°F

Carmel-By-The-Sea Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 4 miles east of Carmel-By-The-Sea in Monterey, California, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located approximately 19 miles east of Carmel-By-The-Sea in Salinas, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located roughly 36 miles northeast of Carmel-By-The-Sea in Hollister, California, and finally the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located around 55 miles north of Carmel-By-The-Sea in San Jose, California.

Carmel-By-The-Sea Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA29.6 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA36.8 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA55.2 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA88.4 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA54.2 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA98.5 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA98.7 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA120.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA1.7 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA2.0 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA3.5 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA4.3 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA5.5 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA17.1 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA18.6 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA26.7 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA26.7 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA29.4 mi.
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA29.5 mi.
State Parks
Garrapata State ParkCA6.6 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA11.5 mi. 
Andrew Molera State ParkCA19.7 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA20.1 mi. 
Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkCA23.2 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA27.4 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA30.1 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA32.9 mi. 
John Little State ParkCA35.1 mi. 
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA3.5 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA4.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA5.5 mi.(History)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA29.1 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA29.6 mi.(Science)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA40.5 mi.(Technology)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA46.5 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA54.2 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA54.2 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA54.2 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA54.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA54.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA54.2 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA54.2 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA55.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA55.2 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA3.5 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA54.2 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA88.4 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA88.6 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA88.6 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA101.6 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA108.6 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA114.6 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA120.0 mi.

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