Your Guide to Downtown Carmel &  Beyond

Things to See & Do in Carmel

The Central Coast is a place for living. The Getaway’s ideal location on Ocean Avenue puts you in the middle of downtown with easy access to explore the surrounding area. Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of the coast or indulge in retail therapy and excellent eats in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea. Whether you want to drop some serious cash or none at all, soak up the Carmel scene with our top picks.

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    • Beaches

    Carmel City Beach

    Known for its large white sand beach, Carmel City Beach is only steps from The Getaway. The beach offers a wide space for activities to satisfy every type of traveler, from hiking to kite flying, sunbathing to shell seeking, and beach bonfires to playing a game of fetch in the sand with your dog.

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    Carmel River Beach

    Only minutes from The Getaway, Carmel River Beach has all the makings for a fun day on the sand, without all the foot traffic. This 1-mile long pet-friendly beach also attracts visitors who like to explore the adjacent lagoon with endless photo ops.

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    Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

    Considered the “crown jewel” of the California park system, Point Lobos has family-friendly hiking trails, tidal pools, and exceptional views of the rugged coast. Spot pelicans, birds of prey, and a variety of marine mammals on the Cypress Grove Loop and Bird Island Trail.

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    Garrapata State Beach

    Located seven miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Garrapata State Beach is proud of its unspoiled vibes. Visitors can explore the spectacular shoreline and if lucky, can spot migratory whales off the coast.

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    Pebble Beach

    One of the most famous golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links offers a wide array of options for golfers of every skill level. Rated the number one public golf course in America, this unique and iconic course offers breathtaking views along with 18-holes of challenges.

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    17-Mile Drive

    The famed driving tour in Pebble Beach takes you along a picturesque stretch of coastline as you weave through forests, beaches, and golf cart thruways. Explore seal habitats, the Lone Cypress, and the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links from the seat of your car.

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    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    The leading education, research, and conservation aquarium in Monterey offers an immersive experience through engaging programming. The exhibits are superb, with a variety of sea life including electric jellyfish, otters, penguins, sea turtles, and a touch pool.

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    Carmel Plaza

    Nestled in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Plaza is home to one-of-a-kind fashion finds and specialty national brands, distinctive restaurants, gourmet shops, wine tasting rooms, wellness studios, and more— in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting.

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    Whale Watching

    Princess Monterey Whale Watching offers exciting excursions off the Monterey coast to witness Blue, Humpback, Orcas, and Gray whales in their natural habitat. The year-round narrated whale watching tour is led by biologists and naturalists, ensuring it is as educational as it is exciting.

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    Monica Graham Fine Art Galleries

    Carmel favorite: MGFA is a private fine art advisory service, assisting in the procurement and placement or art for commercial and residential applications.

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    Carmel Plaza

    One-of-a-kind boutiques, wine tasting rooms, salons, wellness studios, and eateries make up the ultra chic Carmel Plaza nestled along Ocean Drive and Mission Street. Relax between browsing the shops in the pet-friendly open-air courtyard, complete with cozy seating areas, outdoor firepits, gardens, and an annual Summer Live Music Series.

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    Big Sur

    The beautiful stretch of coast south of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a natural wonderland. From Carmel, take Highway 1 south and make frequent stops at the vista points along the way for glimpses of towering bridges, seaside cliffs, waterfalls, and rocky inlets.

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    Adventures by The Sea

    By land or by sea, explore the Monterey Peninsula (while getting in a killer workout) with Adventures by the Sea. The recreational company rents out kayaks, paddleboards, electric bikes, and four wheel surreys, with optional guided tours available.

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    Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    Kick it into high gear with a retro electric bike rental from Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Traverse the Scenic Drive in Carmel, 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, or Point Lobos trails from their downtown shop, only steps from The Getaway.

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    Monterey Touring Vehicles

    From a 1965 Ford Shelby Cobra to a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, take to the road with a classic car rental. Let Monterey Touring Vehicles transform your Big Sur or 17-Mile Drive tour into something truly special with their vast collection of vintage, luxury, and exotic classic cars.

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    • Eat & Drink

    Dutch Door Donuts

    Have that sweet tooth? Dutch Door Donuts sets the bar very high and our business will be built on quality, getting as close to 100% organic as possible, featuring local businesses & farmers, and taking all the feedback to heart so we can serve you the BEST DONUTS & COFFEE on the Coast.

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    Dametra Cafe

    Friendly ambiance, live entertainment, and spectacular service makes this charming space one of Carmel’s most beloved places to grab a bite.

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    Vesuvio

    Carmel-by-the-Sea calls for enjoying your libations on a rooftop under the sun or stars. After a meal of authentic pizza, housemade pasta, and Italian-Asian fusion sushi at Vesuvio, head upstairs to the Starlight Rooftop Lounge where you’ll walk out to a buzzing rooftop with firepits, music, and friendly bartenders.

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    Cultura

    Exploring the flavors of Oaxaca using the bounty of California’s Central Coast, Cultura crafts an unforgettable dining experience. The upscale Mexican bistro serves innovative mains, including ample vegetarian and vegan options, complete with a full bar specializing in seasonal cocktails and traditional mezcal.

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    The Cheese Shop

    From Alsace Muenster to Cave Aged Gruyere, The Cheese Shop’s selection of gourmet cheeses from around the world makes for the perfect edible souvenir. Visit the long-running shop in Carmel Plaza for their esoteric wine selection and more savory treats.

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