Capture Romance In A Seaside Village Just A Few Hours North Of Los Angeles
A distinctively beautiful and diverse treat awaits those who choose to honeymoon in the central California coastal town of Carmel-By-The-Sea.
Unparalleled scenery is just the start of a fabulous stay in Carmel. Just a few hours drive north of Los Angeles, it is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time for a destination honeymoon. On the 101 Freeway it will take about four and a half hours. For a more leisurely and scenic trip consider taking Pacific Coast Highway, which will take about seven hours, meandering along the coast, taking in sites such as Moro Bay, Hearst
Castle, Big Sur and the gorgeous coastal redwoods of Andrew Molera and Julia Pheiffer Burns State Parks. There are plenty of breathtaking ocean views, quaint towns to explore and interesting places to stop for a bite to eat along the way.
The Perfect Place For A Stroll
Carmel’s European village feeling is a fascinating mixture of laid-back beach culture and sophistication. A number of small, comfortable hotels are available, many offering off-street parking, in-room fireplaces, complimentary breakfast and some offer afternoon refreshments featuring cheese, crackers, fruit and wine. Most of these hotels are situated within easy walking distance of the many unique shops and galleries, gourmet restaurants and attractions, including the beautiful white sand beach. Courtyards, gardens, parks and intriguing alleys are just waiting to be explored. The architecture gracing the streets is as interesting and varied as the individuals who live there; each house is completely different from its neighbors. Quaint and cozy bungalows nestle beside spacious, modern works of art. Mature trees create a pleasant forest-like feel.
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For those who enjoy the outdoors, consider touring the Carmel Mission, also known as Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, built in the 1770s by the famed Father Junipero Serra. Or stop at one of the local stores and gather picnic supplies then head south to Point Lobos for a day of hiking through ancient Cypress groves, along ocean front cliffs and secluded coves where sea otters, seals and pelicans are frequently seen.
Venturing A Little Farther
Close by is Carmel Valley, surrounded by green coastal hills. In addition to more places to stay and eat, the valley offers hiking, wine tasting and many other activities. Just north of Carmel is the famed 17 Mile Drive and Pebble Beach Golf Course. Take in the amazing scenery, grand houses and beautiful forests that surround the world-renowned golf course.
A stop in Pacific Grove is worth the time. Lover’s Point Park and Beach offers many recreation opportunities and is one of the few places on the West Coast where the sun rises over the ocean. Enjoy the Victorian homes lining the streets and, between October and February, stop at the butterfly grove to see thousands of monarch butterflies fill the towering pine and eucalyptus trees as they overwinter in the protected grove.
Monterey is just a few minutes drive north of Carmel. Monterey is one of the oldest cities in California. At Fisherman’s Wharf a variety of shops and restaurants are available. There is plenty of history to explore, whale watching tours, kayaking and other water sports. A short distance away is the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row.
With so much to see and do, while surrounded by inspirational beauty, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a worthy honeymoon destination.