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Welcome to SEECARMEL.COM!  Our vision is to provide you with an in depth and resourceful Carmel by-the-Sea and Central Coast Visitors Guide with the unique insight and perspective of a local resident.  Please check back often as we will be frequently adding reviews on the best restaurants, hotels, activities, local attractions and upcoming events.

Carmel-by-the-Sea is located on the Pacific Coast, approximately about 320 miles north of Los Angeles and 125 miles south of San Francisco.  Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for it's natural beauty and pristine mile long beach.  Carmel was originally named in 1602 by Spanish explorer and Carmelite Friar Sebastian Vizcaino after his patron saint, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  With it's dramatic landscape, Carmel has been celebrated by generations of writers and poets  making it a cultural destination.



 Featured outdoor activities - hiking at Garrapata State Park


 10 things to do in Carmel
Point Lobos State Reserve Scenic Highway One - Bixby Bridge                  Nepenthe Restaurant - Big Sur
Go shopping: Visit the Carmel Plaza Shopping Village, Crossroads Shopping Village, Barnyard Shopping Village and the many independently owned quintessential Carmel shops and boutiques for those hard to find awe-inspiring items.

Visit Point Lobos:
Once a Whaling station in the mid 1800's, Point Lobos State Reserve features an abundance of Plants, wildlife, marine mammals, kelp forests and butterflies.  if you would like to save the $10.00 gate fee, park outside the park off highway 1 and tour the park by foot or bicycle.  All pedestrians and bicyclists get to enter for free. 

Visit Carmel Beach:  Carmel beach, located at the end of Ocean Avenue, features a spectacular mile long white sand beach backed by sloping bluffs. This family friendly beach does not require a leash for your dog, so don't forget your four legged friend. Bonfires are permitted until 10PM (south of 10th Avenue) and alcohol is allowed on the beach but not on the nearby streets or parking lot.

Take an Art Gallery Tour: 
With over 75 art galleries in Carmel you'll want to set aside a full day to visit these wonderful galleries featuring world class fine art, sculptures and photography. lists each gallery alphabetically or by street location.  Our favorite gallery is the Rodrigue Studio on Dolores St. Between Ocean and 7th featuring bright and cheerful abstract impressionistic paintings from the iconic "Blue Dog" series by award winning and renowned Cajun artist George Rodrigue.  Another must stop is the Balyon Gallery (across the street from  Studio) featuring fine art from celebrated artists Andre Balyon, Lynn Lupetti, J.A. Pippett, and Hans von Moerkerken.  For fine art photography try the Gallery Sur, located on 6th Avenue.

Go Wine Tasting:  Carmel by-the-Sea has quietly become a Mecca for wine tasting.  Take the Wine Tasting Room Walking Tour in downtown Carmel by-the-Sea or take the Grapevine Express Bus ($4.50 round trip) out to the Carmel Valley wineries and tasting rooms.

Visit Big Sur:  Take a scenic drive down the coast and visit the wonderful Big Sur businesses and landmarks.  Be sure to stop by world famous Nepenthe restaurant (29 miles south of Carmel) for a wonderful dining experience and awe-inspiring ocean views.

Visit Cannery Row:  Historical Cannery Row was made famous by John Steinbeck and is a top destination for the central California coast. 

Visit Monterey Bay Aquarium: located at the end of Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay aquarium features numerous exhibits and hold thousands of plants and animals.

Go Hiking: Visit the many scenic hiking location in the Carmel area including Garland Ranch Regional Park, Soberanes Point at Garrapata State Park, Mission trail Park and Point Lobos.

Go Biking: The Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail features a spectacular ocean front recreation trail for bicycles and pedestrians which spans 18 miles of coastline from Pacific Grove to Castroville. there is a designated bicycle lane form Asilomar in Pacific Grove and opens up to pedestrians from the Aquarium to the Seaside City limits.

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 Upcoming Events
May, 2013, 11AM
Tor House Garden Party

26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923
Each year on the first Sunday in May, the Tor House Garden Party brings together admirers of the wild coast of Carmel, historic buildings, and of course, the poetry of Robinson Jeffers.
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May, 2013, 11AM
Carmel Art Festival

A wonderful four day event public event with the goal to educate and inspire featuring Plein Air, Quick Draw, Sculpture and a Kids Art Day.
 Devendorf Park and Galleries throughout Carmel, Carmel

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May, 2013, 11AM
Memorial Day Ceremony

 11:00am at Devendorf Park, Carmel

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Carmel 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2013
11th Annual 4th of July Celebration

Noon-4pm at Devendorf Park, Carmel
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July, 2013
U.S. Red Bull Grand Prix Motorcycle Races

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey CA
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July, 2013
Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

A unique 54 hole charitable golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links featuring Champion Tour Players, Junior Golfers, and Amateur players.
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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Jazz at the Plaza
July, 2013
Jazz at the Plaza

Carmel Plaza, Carmel

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Carmel Bach Festival
July, 2013
Carmel Bach Festival

Sunset Center, Carmel

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