Carmel Honeymoons

If you’re looking for beautiful scenery, amazing beaches, an artistic haven and a European vibe, Carmel is the perfect option for your honeymoon.

Carmel Honeymoon

With no chain restaurants, no street addresses and Clint Eastwood as a former mayor, Carmel is a town that works hard to retain its charm and appeal. It offers charming inns and romantic B&Bs with luxurious amenities. Spend your morning strolling by the sea or exploring the many boutique and designer shops before driving along Scenic Road and Point Lobos and taking a walk through the cypress forest to hidden coves and the wild Pacific coast. Then back to Carmel for a romantic sunset and exquisite food at award winning restaurants; it’s known for having some of the best in California. Carmel has an interesting history dating back to the 18th century Carmel Mission that you can still explore today. It also adopted so unusual laws along the way such as no heels over two inches and no selling of ice cream until Clint Eastwood became mayor in 1986! Outdoor enthusiasts will love the chance to surf, hike and golf at some of the best courses in the world.

Whether you spend time exploring the 100 art galleries, indulging at the wine tasting rooms, surfing the Pacific or lazing on the beautiful beaches, Carmel offers the perfect balance for any honeymoon.

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When to Go

June to August is a popular time to visit but the coastal fog can hang around all day. September to November are some of the warmest and sunniest months and is a perfect time for beach campfires. The winter sees mild temperatures in the 60s and offers visitors a chance to explore deserted beaches, wild waves and maybe catch a glimpse of the migrating humpback whales. Spring sees better weather and many food festivals in town. May can be a great time to visit with sunny weather before the crowds and summer fog rolls in.

Top Sights and Activities

  • Wine Walk-by-the-Sea: Take a leisurely stroll to the 9 tasting rooms along Ocean Avenue
  • Go Shopping: Ocean Avenue is home to fashion, jewlery, antiques and art so spend time exploring these little treasures
  • Tour the Galleries: With over 100 to choose from, take a tour or a self-guided stroll and take in the art of Carmel
  • Take the Clint Eastwood Trail: Have lunch at the former mayor’s ranch and visit City Hall to learn more about the colourful history of Carmel
  • Explore 17 Mile Drive: Take your time driving along one of the world’s most scenic routes
  • Go to the Spa: Carmel Valley Ranch is a great choice for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation in a resort-style setting
  • Spend time at Devendorf Park: This green space plays hosts to parades, painters, concerts and picnics throughout the year
  • Hike the Scenic Path: Follow this jagged path along the coastline through cypress forests for spectacular outlooks and secluded coves
  • Explore the Art Colony: Take a self-guided walking tour and learn more about this haven for artists and writers
  • Have a Surf Lesson: Brace the wild pacific waves and take a surf lesson
  • Chill Out on the Beach: Carmel is voted as one of America’s top beach towns so days spent lazing on the sand and exploring the different beaches is a must!
  • Take a drive to Big Sur: Explore one of the most scenic parts of the iconic Highway 1 coast route and take a hike around Big Sur
  • Explore Carmel Mission: Spend time exploring the 5 museums, courtyards and basilica of this 18th century mission
  • Make S’mores: What could be a better way to end the day than making s’mores over a beach campfire, nestling into your spouse

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