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- Entire condo
Flora Belle is your perfect Carmel- by- the- Sea get away. This ground floor condo is in a superb location just steps to Ocean Avenue with its world class restaurants, shopping, and white sand beaches. There is one off street designated parking spot ideal for a compact car. The living room has a sleeper sofa. The bedroom has a queen bed and petite walk in closet. The bathroom, accessed through the bedroom, boasts a roomy corner shower. Carmel Belle awaits your visit!
- Private room
Comfortable home in a quiet area of Carmel. Minutes from downtown Carmel, Monterey, aquarium, golf courses, etc. Rental: 1 bedroom with private bath, with shared kitchen, living room and patio. Bathroom has tub/shower. A/C not needed here. Pets are not hosted.
- Entire guest suite
Beautiful , spacious, sunny apartment on lower above-ground level of large Carmel home . Upper home is separate, never rented , and rarely used. Set of steps lead you down to the apartment that has fully equipped efficiency kitchen ( no oven) , dining area , fully equipped office, 2 King bedrooms, 1 bath and den. Large sunny and secluded patio area with gas fire-pit, barbecue. 1/2 mile stroll through the woods to downtown shops. 30 day rental -stay as long or as little as you like .
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Your guide to Carmel-by-the-Sea
All About Carmel-by-the-Sea
Situated on California’s scenic Highway 1, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming town filled with art galleries, boutique shops, and cottages that look like they came straight out of a fairy tale. For more than 100 years, the town located just outside of Monterey has attracted creatives from all over, contributing to its distinctly bohemian, laid-back vibe. Besides its gorgeous beaches, Carmel boasts a lively downtown where you’ll find big-name stores alongside specialty, family-owned businesses. Stop by an independent cafe located in a European-style courtyard from the 1920s, or sample locally made wines in a Tudor-style home-turned-tasting room.
You can also take a stroll around the Comstock Historic Hill District, which features a collection of storybook cottages full of odd angles and quirky architecture, and each month there is an Art Walk when local artists showcase their work. Head to the late 18th-century Carmel Mission at the edge of town and admire its creamy exterior and richly decorated rooms. While the town of Carmel is certainly idyllic, the best way to explore the area is to get out of it through a scenic drive along the coastline.
How do I get around Carmel-by-the-Sea?
Just 15 minutes from town, Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) is very small and services a limited number of cities. Most visitors will arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is a two-hour drive away. There is a bus that will bring you to Monterey, where you can transfer to Carmel-by-the-Sea, or you can rent a car at the airport and drive. Once you’ve reached the town, it is easy to walk between most places within the business district. However, the best way to enjoy coastal California is by driving along the Pacific Coast Highway.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Carmel-by-the-Sea?
Fall is one of the best times to visit Carmel, thanks to the warm, sunny weather that is perfect for exploring the nearby nature reserves and beaches. The temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much throughout the year, but it does take a little bit of a dip in winter, and you will see more rain from December to March, but this is the perfect time to visit if you’d like to explore the area with fewer people around. In the spring, the skies clear and bougainvillea blooms throughout town. The summer is the busiest season, and, though it never gets too hot, you will see almost no rain during this time. No matter what time of year you book your Carmel vacation rental, it is important to bring plenty of layers of clothing, as the weather can change quickly here.
What are the top things to do in Carmel-by-the-Sea?
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
This beautiful coastal reserve lies along the headlands of the Monterey Peninsula, home to rocky cliffs, white sand coves, and an array of hiking trails. The park has an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna, including more than 20 species of land mammals, such as pocket gophers, bobcats, and grey foxes, as well as sea lions, red-shouldered hawks, and alligator lizards.
Monarch Grove Sanctuary
Just over 15 minutes north of Carmel-by-the-Sea, this enthralling sanctuary is one of the main southbound migration spots for Monarch butterflies. As you walk along the sanctuary's pathways, you can catch a glimpse of these fluttering orange and black beauties resting in the trees. The migration season generally lasts from mid-October until mid-May, but the Monarch Grove Sanctuary is a wonderful, tranquil place to visit all year round.
Connecting Carmel to Monterey, 17-Mile Drive is one of the most scenic drives in California that features rugged seaside cliffs against the dark blue backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Along the rocky coastline of the Monterey Peninsula, you’ll pass by the cities of Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach, as well as luxurious seaside abodes and the 250-year-old Lone Cypress that stands all by itself on a rocky outcrop.