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Carmel-Highlands is an unincorporated residential area located in Monterey County on the central coast of California. It lies between the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea to the north and the spectacular Big Sur coastline to the south. Legend says Carmel Highlands was first settled by Scottish sailors who jumped ship and named the area due to its resemblance to the Scottish coast. It was officially established in 1916 by Franklin Devendorf and Frank Powers. Carmel Highlands offers stunning views and exclusive homes perched high on rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is just minutes to many of the attractions of the Monterey Peninsula, including Point Lobos State Park, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, Carmel Beach, the famous 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Golf Course. Nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea has a distinctive European-style atmosphere and is filled with art galleries, upscale restaurants and unique shops. Carmel Valley is a pastoral river valley and wine growing region that offers outdoor recreation, wine tasting and fine dining. Other places to visit in the area include the National Steinbeck Center and Fishermans Wharf in Monterey and the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in neighboring Pacific Grove. For an spectacular sight, drive north to Big Sur which offers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the world. The Carmel Highlands region is an unforgettable vacation destination - one that will draw you back time and again.

Surrounding areas: Carmel, California (3.5 mi), Carmel-By-The-Sea, California (3.6 mi), Pebble Beach, California (4.4 mi), Monterey, California (7.0 mi), Pacific Grove, California (7.9 mi), Carmel Valley, California (11.6 mi), Salinas, California (19.5 mi)

Carmel Highlands Vacation Rentals

Carmel Highlands Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Carmel Vly Ranch Resort A Wyndham ResortOne Old RNCH RdCarmel, CA2.2 mi.(800) 996-3426
Candle Light InnSan Carlos Between 4th & 5th AveCarmel By The Sea, CA3.6 mi.(831) 624-6451
Dolphin InnNE Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA3.6 mi.(831) 624-5356
Svendsgaard's InnNW Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA3.6 mi.(831) 624-1511
Wayside Inn7th & Mission StsCarmel By The Sea, CA3.6 mi.(831) 624-5336
Carmel Sands LodgeCarmel, CA3.6 mi.(831) 624-1255
Comfort Inn Carmel By The SeaOcean Ave & Torres StCarmel, CA3.6 mi.(831) 622-7090
The Inn At Spanish Bay2700 17-mile DrPebble Beach, CA4.4 mi.(408) 647-7500
The Lodge At Pebble BeachSeventeen Mile DrPebble Beach, CA4.4 mi.(408) 624-3811
Bay Park Hotel1425 Munras AveMonterey, CA5.6 mi.(831) 649-1020
The Mariposa Inn1386 Munras AveMonterey, CA5.7 mi.(831) 649-1414
Super 81300 Munras AveMonterey, CA5.9 mi.(831) 373-3203
Best Value Surf Inn1200 Munras AveMonterey, CA6.1 mi.(800) 521-5821
Comfort Inn1252 Munras AveMonterey, CA6.1 mi.(831) 372-8088
Howard Johnson Express Inn1240 Munras AveMonterey, CA6.1 mi.(831) 375-6002
Ramada Limited - Carmel Hill1182 Cass StMonterey, CA6.2 mi.(831) 375-2679
Quality Inn1058 Munras AveMonterey, CA6.3 mi.(831) 372-3381
Casa Munras Garden Hotel700 Munras AveMonterey, CA6.6 mi.(831) 375-2411
Sand Dollar Inn755 Abrego StMonterey, CA6.6 mi.(831) 372-7551
Monterey Downtown Travelodge675 Munras AveMonterey, CA6.7 mi.(831) 373-1876
Americas Best Value Stage Coach Lodge1111 10th StMonterey, CA6.8 mi.(831) 373-3632
The Monterey Hotel406 Alvarado StMonterey, CA6.9 mi.(831) 375-3184
Hilton Monterey1000 Aquajito RdMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 373-6141
Hotel Pacific300 Pacific StMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 373-5700
Hyatt Regency MontereyOne Golf Course RdMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 372-1234
Monterey Bay Inn242 Cannery RowMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 658-3333
Monterey Bay Lodge55 Camino AquijitoMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(800) 558-1900
Monterey Marriott350 Calle PrincipalMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 649-4234
Monterey Plaza Hotel400 Cannery RowMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 646-1700
Portola Plaza Hotel2 Portola PlzMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 649-4511
Spindrift Inn652 Cannery RowMonterey, CA7.0 mi.(831) 646-8900
Comfort Inn Monterey Airport1200 Olmsted RdMonterey, CA7.1 mi.(831) 372-2945
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay2050 N Fremont StMonterey, CA7.3 mi.(831) 373-3081
Econo Lodge2042 Fremont StMonterey, CA7.3 mi.(831) 372-5851
Monterey Carmel Travelodge At Fairgrounds2030 N Fremont StMonterey, CA7.3 mi.(831) 373-3381
Quality Inn2075 Fremont StMonterey, CA7.3 mi.(831) 373-5551
Ramada Limited2058 N Fremont StMonterey, CA7.3 mi.(831) 375-9511
Rodeway Inn Monterey2041 Fremont StMonterey, CA7.3 mi.(831) 373-2911
Best Western Deanza Inn2141 N Fremont StMonterey, CA7.4 mi.(800) 858-8775
Motel 62124 N Fremont StMonterey, CA7.4 mi.(831) 646-8585
Bed & Breakfast
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA3.6 mi.(831) 625-2585

Carmel Highlands 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 Highlands Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 7 miles northeast of Carmel Highlands in Monterey, California, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located approximately 21 miles northeast of Carmel Highlands in Salinas, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located roughly 39 miles northeast of Carmel Highlands in Hollister, California, and finally the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located around 59 miles north of Carmel Highlands in San Jose, California.

Carmel Highlands Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA32.9 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA40.1 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA58.8 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA57.8 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA101.7 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA102.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA3.5 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA5.3 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA7.0 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA7.9 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA8.6 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA19.3 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA20.7 mi.
State Parks
Garrapata State ParkCA3.3 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA14.7 mi. 
Andrew Molera State ParkCA16.5 mi. 
Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkCA20.1 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA23.6 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA29.7 mi. 
John Little State ParkCA32.3 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA33.4 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA36.3 mi. 
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA7.0 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA7.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA8.6 mi.(History)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA32.6 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA32.9 mi.(Science)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA43.9 mi.(Technology)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA50.0 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA57.8 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA57.8 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA57.8 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA57.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA57.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA57.8 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA57.8 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA58.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA58.8 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA7.0 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA57.8 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA91.8 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA91.8 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA91.8 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA99.4 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA112.0 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA118.1 mi.

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