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Immediately south of Monterey, the genteel town of Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the most beautiful and romantic getaways in California, with its sensational seaside location and charming architecture, including thatched cottages. Teeming with art galleries, quaint shops, and fine-dining restaurants, it supports a thriving artists' colony and draws celebrities, many of whom live here (most famously, Clint Eastwood). Paid entrance to the community grants a chance to "ooh" and "aahh" at some of the world's most spectacular coastal scenery along the 17-Mile Drive. The world-famous Pebble Beach golf course is here, too. And the Carmel Mission ...

Immediately south of Monterey, the genteel town of Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the most beautiful and romantic getaways in California, with its sensational seaside location and charming architecture, including thatched cottages. Teeming with art galleries, quaint shops, and fine-dining restaurants, it supports a thriving artists' colony and draws celebrities, many of whom live here (most famously, Clint Eastwood). Paid entrance to the community grants a chance to "ooh" and "aahh" at some of the world's most spectacular coastal scenery along the 17-Mile Drive. The world-famous Pebble Beach golf course is here, too. And the Carmel Mission chapel, founded in 1771, is one of the original Spanish missions. Protecting a dramatic peninsula with coastal trails, Point Lobos State Reserve, at the southern end of Carmel Bay, incorporates the first U.S. underwater reserve and is a great place to spot sea lions. Stretching inland, Carmel Valley provides a superb escape from Carmel's summer fogs and is a fine spot to sample wineries and spas, and for horseback rides. When you're finished exploring Carmel, Monterey awaits with its world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.

Christopher Baker
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Christopher P. Baker has authored guidebooks to Costa Rica, California, and various Caribbean islands for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic, among others.

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Carmel is Recommended for Romance by AARP Love and Romance Ambassador Pepper Schwartz

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Any time is good. Mid-summer can be surprisingly foggy and cold.