Rated as one of the best tiny towns in the US, Carmel is known for its beautiful scenery and being a town that embraces the unique. Its entire name is Carmel-by-the Sea, and it really doesn’t get more cute, quaint, and assuredly Californian than this town located on the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. A top destination in an already amazing location, this Highway 1 hotspot is perfect for the day or longer. Coconut Club Vacations reviews this great small town and just a taste of all it has to offer you.
One of the best ways to get out and explore the charm of Carmel is by walking. If you are looking for a partner in crime and can’t find one, you might be pleased to hear that Carmel is an extremely dog friendly city. That means you can take you best friend with you on this getaway. You and you furry friend should get out and take one of the historic walks through the city. The Carmel Mission, founded in 1771, is a mere 20 minute walk from downtown and one of the top attractions. The stroll through the restored basilica, and galleries, as well as the garden, is a perfect way to spend a late morning or an early afternoon. When you get back to exploring downtown proper, you will be delighted to find many of the shop and boutique owners leave out watering dishes and treats in their storefronts just for our favorite friends.
Historic sites aside, no trip to a coastal town in California would be complete without a trip to the beach and this is also true in Carmel. Carmel Beach, its most popular stretch of beach, is a mile long stretch along the shore. This beautiful white sand beach is the perfect place to take your dog and spend a few hours communing with nature. Again, the beach is dog friendly, and yours is allowed free reign as long as they respond to voice commands. If you left your best friend at home, you might want to take a surfing lesson. You can take a group or private lesson and all equipment is available to rent. If you brought your pooch, sorry they don’t offer doggy surging lessons, yet.
It is true what they say, California is a great place for enjoying the outdoors and history as well and Carmel is no exception. A beautiful little community that welcomes all, you will be glad you visited and will likely wonder how you missed it before.