Welcome to Carmel!
There are few places on earth as incredibly dynamic, yet so quaint and picturesque as Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Situated on Carmel Bay, nestled in a pine forest above the spectacular white-sand beach, the one-square-mile village of Carmel, CA offers endless vacation and cultural opportunities. Located just minutes from the Monterey Regional Airport, Carmel is the perfect base for activities and adventures, whether you have relaxation or recreation in mind. You'll have a wonderful time no matter what you choose to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is known as one of the best aquariums in the world. It specializes in the sea creatures of the Monterey Bay, including the giant Pacific octopus, jellies, otters, bat rays, seahorses, sunfishes and sometimes a white shark. The Aquarium Adventures program also features Underwater Explorers for children (a diving experience in the Great Tide Pool) and sailing for adults and families.
The Carmel Mission
The Carmel Mission, officially called the San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, was built in 1771, the second of the 21 Spanish missions to be built in California. Its founder, Father Junipero Serra, is buried here and this beautifully renovated mission is said to have been one of his favorites. All California school children have to visit and study the missions and thousands of couples have gotten married here. The Basilica Church at the Mission is a registered National Historic Landmark.
This drive is widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world. The famous coastal landmark starts at the bottom of Ocean Avenue in Carmel and goes through the majestic Del Monte forest, past the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and takes you to the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Just take the drive or stop to play golf or eat at one of 7 restaurants. There is a fee to enter the forest.
The National Steinbeck Center is located in John Steinbeck’s hometown of Salinas, California, a short 30 minute drive from Carmel. The center features interactive, multi-sensory exhibits for all ages which showcase Steinbeck’s most famous literary masterpieces like Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The Monterey Peninsula is home to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a world-class raceway hosting the best of motorsports, including the Red Bull US Grand Prix Motorcycle Races, American LeMans Series Monterey, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Racers and spectators love to stay in Carmel as a special treat but get your rooms early.
America's 1st co-ed relaxation spa, offering the ultimate in relaxation through our own Refuge branded Thermal Cycle featuring 3 simple steps: heat up, cool down, and relax. The Refuge facility features, the largest co-ed sauna in the U.S., a eucalyptus steam bath, Nordic cool pools, and hot pools with cascading thermal waterfalls; all in over 2 acres of serene, silent, indoor & outdoor relaxation areas with views of the Santa Lucia Mountains.