Carmel – Complete City Guide

A complete guide to planning your trip to the charming little town of Carmel. Write down the tips and enjoy a lot!

Carmel-by-the-sea, or just Carmel, is a super touristy town, with well-maintained streets, flowery sidewalks and typical houses that will yield beautiful photos.

The city is located in California, just over 2 hours by car from San Francisco and pasted in Monterey. If you are planning a road trip along Highway 1 in the United States, this charming city needs to be on your itinerary.

Some curiosities of the city, for those who are tuned into series, will remember the famous series "Big Little Lies" where scenes of Nicole Kidman were recorded on the beach Carmel River State Beach. Another interesting fact is that Clint Eastwood was mayor of Carmel from 1986 to 1988.

Liked? We've separated the best tips about Carmel and the region in this complete guide. Write it all down and enjoy your trip!

In this post you will read:

Things to do in Carmel

Take the opportunity to walk and discover the typical shops of the city, art galleries, restaurants or stop for a tasting of local wines. In Carmel, by city policy, large stores or chain restaurants are not allowed. That's why the stores are super different from the rest of California.

And of course, the most famous and main attraction are the beaches of Carmel – Carmel Beach e Carmel River State Beach. Each one with its charm, but all beautiful. The view from the beach is beautiful, go at the end of the day and enjoy the sunset.

Where to stay in Carmel – Our hotel recommendation

The city is quite small, so finding accommodation there is not much of a secret. If you prefer and want to enjoy the atmosphere of Carmel more, stay on Rua do Centrinho, so you can do everything on foot.

If you prefer, a good idea is to stay in Monterey, the city is a 10-minute drive from Carmel.

Read all our tips:

  • Where to stay in Carmel
  • L'Auberge Carmel Relais & Chateaux – Review Hotel
  • Where to stay in Monterey

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Carmel – Complete City Guide

L'Auberge Carmel Hotel – Click on the photo to see prices and availability

Internet chip in Carmel

It's getting easier and cheaper to have unlimited internet throughout your trip in the United States. Nowadays you can buy an international cell phone chip online while you're still here in España. We always use and love it!

You receive the sim card at your address and then just insert it into your cell phone to reach your destination with unlimited 4G internet working.

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California travel insurance

Buying travel insurance for California is an excellent way to ensure a smooth trip and avoid worries. Having the assistance of insurance gives you the peace you need to enjoy your destination and know that you have support if you need it. Also enjoy our Insurance Promo discount coupon. - SEE PRICES

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Carmel – Complete City Guide

Typical shops in Carmel

Car rental in Carmel

Renting a car in Carmel is a great idea. In addition to optimizing your time a lot, you will be able to enjoy the nearby towns more.

We really like Rent Cars to find the cars we use on our travels. It is the only one in Spain that compares the best rental companies in the world, but lets you pay in reais, without IOF. In addition, it is also the only one that lets you pay in 12 interest-free installments. It is worth it!

We made a super complete post with tips for car rental in usa. We explain how toll collection works in the country, roads, necessary documentation and much more. It is worth checking!

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Flights to United States

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Carmel – Complete City Guide

Sunset on the beach in Carmel

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