This small beachside city is known for it’s scenic ocean views and art galleries galore. I’m not surprised countless films and television shows have used Carmel as their backdrop. It’s gorgeous and charming to say the least. Make sure not to miss it when in Monterey or driving on Route 1. Here are a few of my favorite spots in this can’t miss city by the sea:
Point Lobos is a hiking trail through beautiful Cypress tree covered paths that lead to incredible ocean views, coves, and sea lions.
We started off our hike right at the Point Lobos State Reserve sign. From there, we went down the Carmelo Meadow Trail that brought us to the Whales Cabin and Whaling Station Museum. I wasn’t expecting much but there were lots of interesting objects to look at and learn about in relation to whales and the history of whale hunting.
We kept heading on the trail around Whalers Cove towards Bluefish Cove where we saw some sea lions down on the beach. I almost missed them because they blended in so well with the sand.
I have been to a few missions in Northern California for school field trips, but this was my first time at the Carmel Mission Basilica. We went on a whim and I’m so glad we did. It is a beautiful mission. There is a small fee to enter and you cannot get inside the Mission gates without going through the gift shop and paying for a ticket.
On the day we visited, there was a wedding inside the church. We were told we couldn’t go inside until the reception was over but I didn’t mind much. It gave me a chance to take photos of the outside and gardens. Plus, it was kinda cool seeing everyone after the wedding taking photos in their fancy attire. I’ve only been to one wedding, so I find the traditions and decorations of different weddings intriguing.
Carmel-By-The-Sea is my dream city to live in (right after London). The homes, views, and weather are gorgeous. It may not be warm enough for the typical Californian, but I prefer the overcast and grey skies that are the norm for this city. What do you think? Could you see yourself living in Carmel-By-The-Sea?