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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“Point Lobos is the "greatest meeting of land and water in the world." Many sources credit this quote to Robert Louis Stevenson”
  • 126 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Could be done in a day if you got up very early but better to spend at least one night there.”
  • 63 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Trail
“You can hike up the hill from the front door or drive 10 minutes to this beautiful park filled with trails for all levels. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Beach
“Spectacular dog friendly beach! Must see! There are volleyball nets at the bottom of Ocean Ave that my daughter loves!”
  • 58 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Museum
“First built in 1797, Carmel Mission is one of the most authentically restored mission churches in California.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Come with a group for a fun, lively music filled evening! Right on Ocean Avenue, it always has a wait list to get in. It’s as much about the food as it is the atmosphere and the warm welcoming staff!”
  • 41 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Clint Eastwood’s restaurant overlooking where Carmel River meets the Pacific Ocean. The view is everything. Kids can play on the lawn and try and spot the lone black sheep in the herd! There’s also a piano player and a lovely bar scene. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Located about 20 minutes East of Carmel-by-the-Sea in sunny Carmel Valley, and nestled amid the many wine-tasting rooms of Carmel Valley, this country charmer is the place to dine in after visiting the local vineyards. As a result of which, tables fill up quickly so get here in time. The big draw is a sunny patio decked with umbrellas, a gem among visitors ranging in age from 1 to 80. It’s a delightful place to kick back (and kick back you will, since service can be quite slow). Indoors, the action revolves around a wood-burning oven, which turns out fire-roasted artichokes with lemon aïoli; and thin-crust pizzas like the Lorraine, topped with caramelized onions, bacon and Gruyère. These may be supplemented by salads at lunchtime and hearty entrées like oven-baked rigatoni at dinner-along with floods of local wine, of course. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great rooftop bar with heating lamps and good food. This is a fun environment to get a drink or some food. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Spa
“Love this place. Co-ed. Hot / Cold Treatment. No talking/phones. Nuff said. Best thing you never knew about!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Racetrack
“One of the most beautiful golf courses and areas to live in the world. Take a tour of Pebble Beach in your car or hit the golf course. Pricy for golf and food but beautiful. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
French Restaurant
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“This quintessential bistro and relaxed neighborhood spot in the heart of charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. The quirky corner space offers petite but comfortable wooden chairs and tables, set beneath hanging copper pots and, of course, a bicycle or two. First and foremost, the kitchen focuses on comforting seasonal cuisine with a California-Mediterranean slant, plus a handful of pizzas and fantastic breads fired in their wood-burning oven. At the same time, they are dedicated to beloved French classics.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Indoor performing arts center -- music, theatre, discussions, art and more.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“Barmel is Carmel-by-the-Sea's only music venue featuring stage performances and a late night DJ dance scene with a terrific, full menu to choose from. Live music performances take place on Thursday/Friday/Saturday from 7-9pm and are no cover artist showcases.”
  • 20 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Amviance, great pizzas, love the myer lemmon pizza. satifies a variety of foodies, nice people, ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Another place that speaks for itself. Go to the first tee and see the names engraved history. Go to 18th hole for amazing views. Stop to see the Loan Cypress tree and take a pic, though that spot has gotten pretty busy lately with tourists, so go early. ”
  • 17 locals recommend