Destination Review: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California


Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of California’s most underrated travel destinations. It’s easy to skip this pint-sized town when you’re overwhelmed by the attractions of California’s larger coastal cities, like San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s location on the Monterey Peninsula, overlooking some of California’s more uncrowded beaches and minutes from some of the state’s favorite natural wonders, makes it one of the best places to adventure, sightsee and explore form the convenience of your RV. The following are a few things every visitor should do on their first visit to this coastal California town.

Fill Your Belly with Seafood

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a place for foodies, and the town’s restaurants certainly don’t fit into one category. However, every visitor should pay a visit to some of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s local seafood restaurants, which serve seafood that is practically plucked straight out of the Monterey Bay and prepared with an artistic flair. Basil serves up fresh, sustainable seafood every day of the week and Flaherty’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar is known for serving fresh, wild-caught fish in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Wander the Romantic Streets

You’ll fall in love with Carmel-by-the-Sea’s artsy and romantic downtown atmosphere the moment you arrive. Minutes from the area’s famed white-sand beaches, you’ll find a European-style town with quaint winding streets, impressive galleries, quirky cafes, coastal shops and so much more. Wander the village sampling fine wines, tasting craft beers and stopping in every one-of-a-kind boutique you see.

Spend Time Outdoors

Carmel-by-the-Sea is known as one of the most charming towns in Central California, but much of the area’s draw comes from its natural surroundings. Get outdoors on your visit to the Monterey Peninsula by playing a round on the Pebble Beach Golf Links, beachcombing on Carmel Beach’s white sands, or exploring the towns more than 60 courtyards.


Carmel-by-the-Sea receives 5 out of 5 “wheels” for its combination of delicious eateries, stunning sights and cool downtown atmosphere. Be sure to stop and see us before you hit the road to ensure your RV is prepared for a spring or summer California adventure.

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