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Click to enlarge Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission the Carmel Mission Basilica
Information: The quaint town of Carmel By the Sea is an enchanting and a wonderful place to visit; downtown is filled with picturesque little shops and galleries that look like they are taken from a story book. You won’t find a more pet friendly place you can let your dog run free on their fine white sand beach and you can too! It is very nice and close to but I am not refering to the California State Beach but on the Carmel City Beach you can have some wine with your friends and build a bonfire at sunset to ward off the ocean evening chill. I also love to visit the Mission and the small theaters and other performing arts like dance and music are a fun part of Carmel too.
Near Points of Interest: Fun things to do and see all over Carmel not to even mention that Monterey with all its attractions is right next door. The Laguna Seca Raceway is about 15 miles, Salinas, with its' Steinbeck Museum and Rodeo is about 30, Santa Cruz with roller coasters and Redwoods is about 47 miles and Pinnacles National Monument, with its' freaky rocks is about 71 scenic miles. Carmel River State Beach is less than a mile south on Pacific Coast Highway 1 (there is also a northern entrance on Rio Rd) and Carmel Mission Basilica in the middle of town on Rio Rd.
Beach Access and Day Use Parks & Picnic Areas: Here at Point Lobos State Reserve is a great place to picnic and Carmel River State Beach at the south end of town on Pacific Coast Highway 1. There is the Carmel City Beach which is extensive with fine white sand and has a small parking lot with restrooms at the end of Ocean Avenue at Del Mar Avenue.
Best places to Eat: Probably the most popular restaurant in town is Dametra Cafe a little Mediterranean Restaurant on Ocean Avenue but my personal favorites because they are down to earth, delicious and affordable just few miles north on PCH 1 after the Carmel River Bridge, there are two shopping malls, the first just off Rio Road is Crossroads Shopping Village which has Island Tacos Mexican Grill and R.G. Burgers and other side of the road Carmel Barnyard Shopping Village has From Scratch Restaurant. If you are looking for fine dining the Pacific's Edge Restaurant and the California Market are just south at Hyatt Highlands Carmel Resort.
Nearby Hotel Lodgings & Resorts: If you want an ocean view and you have the money, just south there are the Tickle Pink Inn and the world class Carmel Highlands Hyatt California Hotel. they are not cheap $$$$. Want something a little more reasonable $$$ and dryer, slightly inland; the Carmel Valley Ranch might be a good option. If you are going south on PCH the Big Sur River Inn is about 24 miles. Myself I usually prefer to stay at a reasonably priced comfortable lodging next to the Carmel River, off PCH just past the bridge called the Carmel River Inn .
Near Campgrounds: The closest camping if you don't mind heading inland is up Carmel Valley Road, Saddle Mountain RV Park (831-624-1617) is primarily an RV park but they do have some tent sites, it’s about 6.5 miles from Carmel. Also there is a Monterey County run park the Laguna Seca Recreation Area (888-588-2267) which is about 13 miles out highway 68 which offers Salinas Valley views with both RV and tent camping with hookups, running water restrooms with showers and miles of trails on the Fort Ord Public Lands. About 22 miles south then east is Botcher's Gap Campground; about 24 miles south on PCH is Andrew Molera State Park trail camp.
History & Museums: The Carmel Mission: San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission - very nicely restored, contains many historic items and a browse-worthy mission store
Gasoline, Public Restrooms, Supplies: just off PCH 1 after the Carmel River Bridge east on Rio Road, there are two shopping malls with gasoline, restrooms and supplies, the first just is Crossroads Shopping Village which is south of Rio Road the other is Barnyard Shopping Village which is north.
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You are right on the southern end of an area rich in history and famous for the natural beauty and artistic culture. For the vacationing visitor the list of great places to stay, eat, things to see and do is almost endless…have fun and enjoy…Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Salinas etc…and if that is not enough they have a roller-coaster and redwoods in Santa Cruz...
- Probably the most "dog friendly" city in the world: they can run without a leash on the beach, most lodgings, allow dogs, as do retail shops, restaurants with outdoor seating allow dogs and provide water, some even have special doggie menus.
- Distance from Carmel River Bridge, Carmel CA: 0 miles;
- Distance from Hearst Castle, San Simeon CA: 89 miles;
- About 5 miles to Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Scenic Monterey Pacific Coast Highway Mile Marker: MON 72.3
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- Street Address: 26600 Oliver Road, Carmel, CA 93921 (Carmel River Inn)
- Latitude & Longitude: N 36° 32.18 W 121° 54.754