Top Adventures in Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Catch a Sunset at Carmel Beach

    It’s a dream of mine to live in Carmel-by-the-Sea.  You might recognize Carmel because Clint Eastwood was the mayor from 1986 to 1988.  An idiosyncrasy you may not know about Carmel is the fact that there are no street addresses on any house in Ca...

  • Hike along the Carmel River Beach Trail

    Known as "Ribera Beach" by locals, this stretch of land nestled between Carmel River State Beach and Monastery Beach is not to be missed! The trails are easy to get to and can be accessed by 4 locations. The first entrance is on Highway 1 at the B...

    1 miles 100 ft gain

  • Surf Carmel River State Beach

    Carmel State beach is located in Monterey county.  It's your typical beach break with both lefts and rights.  One thing that is super unique about Carmel is that the water is some of the clearest in all of California.  Depending on the sandbars, t...

  • Hike to the Top of Inspiration Point

    This magnificent trail was recently converted into part of the Monterey Regional Parks System. Walk through pastures of cows, through coast oaks, up a steep incline with vast views of Carmel Valley, Carmel and the Pacific Ocean up to the top where...

    1.3 miles 850 ft gain

  • Explore Highway 1 from Carmel to Big Sur

    Being from the Central Coast, every time I visit the area I like to do the same trip - Simply because it is amazing. The trip starts along 17 mile drive located in Carmel. From the road, you see the Central Coast icon, the Lone Cypress. Being one ...

  • Explore Point Lobos' Whalers Cove

    Point Lobos is one of the hidden gems of the California coast. Located just off of Route 1 right after Monterey, Point Lobos is a state park on the coast. The cost to explore inside is ten dollars, but so worth it.As you explore, be sure to hike a...

  • Hike Point Lobos Natural Preserve

    Point Lobos contains headlands, coves and rolling meadows, and its offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world, popular with divers. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters, migrating gray whales (from December t...

    4 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike the Earl Moser Trail

    This trail is shared by hikers, dog walkers, and runners. The trail is accessible year round. The trail is located in Jacks Peak County Park.  This loop hike is perfect for families or hikers looking to squeeze in a quick hike, fun for all ages. I...

    1.8 miles 400 ft gain

  • Sail on Monterey Bay

    Few places along the California coast are perfectly suited for a day of sailing. While San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Long Beach, San Francisco, and Catalina Island offer sailing adventures, none of them offer wide open Pacific waters wit...

  • Scuba Dive Breakwater Cove

    Located near Cannery Row, San Carlos Beach is home to Breakwater Cove.  This is a great place for beginner scuba divers to practice their diving, get open water certified, and do their first ocean dives.   San Carlos Beach is home to a large colon...

  • Play Volleyball at Asilomar Conference Grounds

    Asilomar translates to “refuge by the sea,” a phrase that accurately depicts the Asilomar Conference Grounds. The area started as a YWCA women’s empowerment camp in 1913 and has since transitioned into a well-preserved state beach. It is located i...

  • Exploring Asilomar's Ancient Sand Dunes

    Asilomar State Beach covers 107 acres of land. It is home to a delicate ecosystem that has been sustained through the years after it was almost destroyed. The intricate dunes at Asilomar are what have survived after the over-grazing back in the ea...

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Pacific Grove, California

      Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

      RoomsIn keeping with its rest and reflection traditions, the guest rooms at Asilomar are simple and beautiful—and most importantly free of modern-day distractions such as telephones and televisions...

      From $176/night

    • Moss Landing, California

      Moss Landing KOA Express

    • Prunedale, California

      Salinas / Monterey KOA

    • Big Sur, California

      Big Sur Lodge

      This 62 rooms lodge, handles Wedding and Corporate events up to 100 people. The Restaurant sever Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and the Café and store are open daily.

      From $199/night

    • 1186 San Andreas Road

      Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA

    • Watsonville, California

      Creekside Paradise

      We only have one campsite so you can have a completely private experience in the beautiful Santa Cruz redwoods next to beautiful Browns creek. Welcome to your Tentrr Campsite! Welcome to your Ten...

      From $158/night

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