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Carmel is located along California Highway 1, south of San Francisco. This colorful seaside village sits above a stretch of gorgeous white sand beach on the Monterey Peninsula. Carmel was founded by a group of Bohemian artists and writers, and their cultural influence is still felt today. Here, you will find no billboards, nightclubs or glaring neon lights, nor are there sidewalks or streetlights in the residential area. Homes are known by names, not numbers. Streets meander through a town that is filled with art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, gourmet restaurants and small elegant inns and bed and breakfasts. 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 and to the south is the Big Sur coastline, which has some of the most spectacular 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. Just minutes away is the town of Monterey which is home to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea is a city for romance, a place to unwind and renew, a town to visit over and over again and sure to become a favorite vacation destination.

Surrounding areas: Carmel-By-The-Sea, California (1.7 mi), Pebble Beach, California (3.2 mi), Carmel Highlands, California (3.5 mi), Monterey, California (3.8 mi), Pacific Grove, California (5.1 mi), Carmel Valley, California (10.5 mi), Salinas, California (16.2 mi)

Carmel Vacation Rentals

Carmel Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Carmel Sands LodgeCarmel, CA (831) 624-1255
Carmel Vly Ranch Resort A Wyndham ResortOne Old RNCH RdCarmel, CA (800) 996-3426
Comfort Inn Carmel By The SeaOcean Ave & Torres StCarmel, CA (831) 622-7090
Candle Light InnSan Carlos Between 4th & 5th AveCarmel By The Sea, CA1.6 mi.(831) 624-6451
Dolphin InnNE Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA1.6 mi.(831) 624-5356
Svendsgaard's InnNW Cor Of 4th & San CarlosCarmel By The Sea, CA1.6 mi.(831) 624-1511
Wayside Inn7th & Mission StsCarmel By The Sea, CA1.6 mi.(831) 624-5336
Bay Park Hotel1425 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.6 mi.(831) 649-1020
The Mariposa Inn1386 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.7 mi.(831) 649-1414
Super 81300 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.8 mi.(831) 373-3203
Comfort Inn1252 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.9 mi.(831) 372-8088
Howard Johnson Express Inn1240 Munras AveMonterey, CA2.9 mi.(831) 375-6002
Best Value Surf Inn1200 Munras AveMonterey, CA3.0 mi.(800) 521-5821
Ramada Limited - Carmel Hill1182 Cass StMonterey, CA3.0 mi.(831) 375-2679
Quality Inn1058 Munras AveMonterey, CA3.1 mi.(831) 372-3381
The Inn At Spanish Bay2700 17-mile DrPebble Beach, CA3.2 mi.(408) 647-7500
The Lodge At Pebble BeachSeventeen Mile DrPebble Beach, CA3.2 mi.(408) 624-3811
Americas Best Value Stage Coach Lodge1111 10th StMonterey, CA3.4 mi.(831) 373-3632
Casa Munras Garden Hotel700 Munras AveMonterey, CA3.4 mi.(831) 375-2411
Sand Dollar Inn755 Abrego StMonterey, CA3.4 mi.(831) 372-7551
Monterey Downtown Travelodge675 Munras AveMonterey, CA3.5 mi.(831) 373-1876
Comfort Inn Monterey Airport1200 Olmsted RdMonterey, CA3.7 mi.(831) 372-2945
The Monterey Hotel406 Alvarado StMonterey, CA3.7 mi.(831) 375-3184
Comfort Inn Monterey Bay2050 N Fremont StMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 373-3081
Econo Lodge2042 Fremont StMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 372-5851
Hilton Monterey1000 Aquajito RdMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 373-6141
Hyatt Regency MontereyOne Golf Course RdMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 372-1234
Monterey Bay Inn242 Cannery RowMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 658-3333
Monterey Bay Lodge55 Camino AquijitoMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(800) 558-1900
Monterey Carmel Travelodge At Fairgrounds2030 N Fremont StMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 373-3381
Monterey Marriott350 Calle PrincipalMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 649-4234
Monterey Plaza Hotel400 Cannery RowMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 646-1700
Portola Plaza Hotel2 Portola PlzMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 649-4511
Ramada Limited2058 N Fremont StMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 375-9511
Spindrift Inn652 Cannery RowMonterey, CA3.8 mi.(831) 646-8900
Hotel Pacific300 Pacific StMonterey, CA3.9 mi.(831) 373-5700
Quality Inn2075 Fremont StMonterey, CA3.9 mi.(831) 373-5551
Rodeway Inn Monterey2041 Fremont StMonterey, CA3.9 mi.(831) 373-2911
Best Western Deanza Inn2141 N Fremont StMonterey, CA4.0 mi.(800) 858-8775
Motel 62124 N Fremont StMonterey, CA4.0 mi.(831) 646-8585
Bed & Breakfast
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA1.7 mi.(831) 625-2585
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA29.8 mi.(831) 462-3376

Carmel 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 Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 4 miles northeast of Carmel in Monterey, California, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located approximately 17 miles east of Carmel in Salinas, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located roughly 36 miles northeast of Carmel in Hollister, California, and finally the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located around 56 miles north of Carmel in San Jose, California.

Carmel Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA30.5 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA36.6 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA56.0 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA89.4 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA54.9 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA98.2 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA99.3 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA118.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA 
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA3.5 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA3.8 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA5.1 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA5.1 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA16.1 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA17.6 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA26.9 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA26.9 mi.
State Parks
Garrapata State ParkCA6.0 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA11.3 mi. 
Andrew Molera State ParkCA18.7 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA20.3 mi. 
Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkCA22.1 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA26.4 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA31.3 mi. 
John Little State ParkCA33.8 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA33.9 mi. 
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA3.8 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA5.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA5.2 mi.(History)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA29.9 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA30.5 mi.(Science)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA40.5 mi.(Technology)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA47.3 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA54.9 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA54.9 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA54.9 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA54.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA54.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA54.9 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA54.9 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA56.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA56.0 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA3.8 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA54.9 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA89.4 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA89.7 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA89.7 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA100.1 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA109.5 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA114.7 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA118.6 mi.

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