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

Clint Eastwood's famous Hog's Breath Inn is just one of the many fine places to dine.

Clint Eastwood’s famous Hog’s Breath Inn is just one of the many fine places to dine.

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.

Large conifers give Carmel a forest feel.

Large conifers give Carmel a forest feel.

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.

Related Article: Lake Tahoe Honeymoon

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.

Gallery

Lush plantings and brick walkways invite visitors to stroll, fully enjoying the scenery.

Lush plantings and brick walkways invite visitors to stroll, fully enjoying the scenery.

Cozy hotels, many offering fireplaces, secluded courtyards, and more are within easy walking distance of all shops and the beach.

Cozy hotels, many offering fireplaces, secluded courtyards, and more are within easy walking distance of all shops and the beach.

Put together a picnic lunch at one of the local markets and head to the beach or explore the coast.

Put together a picnic lunch at one of the local markets and head to the beach or explore the coast.

Carmel's wide sandy beach is an easy walk from the village and hotels.

Carmel’s wide sandy beach is an easy walk from the village and hotels.

Explore the many secluded coves and and ocean vistas along this dramatic coastline.

Explore the many secluded coves and and ocean vistas along this dramatic coastline.

Visit the Whaler's Cabin at Point Lobos for a look at life in early California.

Visit the Whaler’s Cabin at Point Lobos for a look at life in early California.

Hike through Point Lobos State Park, where, in addition to breathtaking views, you can see seals, otters, sea birds and maybe spot a whale.

Hike through Point Lobos State Park, where, in addition to breathtaking views, you can see seals, otters, sea birds and maybe spot a whale.

Magnificent vistas await around every bend.

Magnificent vistas await around every bend.

The iconic Lone Cypress is just one of the stops along the 17 Mile Drive.

The iconic Lone Cypress is just one of the stops along the 17 Mile Drive.

Cannery Row in Monterey offers shopping, entertainment and plenty of culinary options.

Cannery Row in Monterey offers shopping, entertainment and plenty of culinary options.

Enjoy a fresh fish dinner overlooking Monterey Bay.

Enjoy a fresh fish dinner overlooking Monterey Bay.

While visiting Monterey, stroll along the beach or admire boats at the marina.

While visiting Monterey, stroll along the beach or admire boats at the marina.