Check out some of our favorite Carmel activities! All sightseeing and no play sometimes makes for a less than perfect getaway. You’ll find numerous active offerings located in close proximity. Some of the world’s most famous golf courses are minutes away, Horseback Riding along the coastline or rolling hillsides, Kayaking & Biking along the Central Coast’s most breathtaking scenery, Hiking through Redwoods or along Big Sur Cliffs, or venturing out on Monterey Bay for incredible whale watching, all in a day’s play!
Select from our spacious one and two bedroom suites for top rated accommodations in Carmel.
Golf in Carmel & The Surrounding Areas
Welcome to one of the world’s finest golf destinations. There are more than 21 courses located the Monterey Peninsula and each course offers its own unique and challenging experience for the golf enthusiast. We urge you to plan ahead regarding securing tee times.
|Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course||831-899-7271||Public/Seaside|
|Del Monte Golf Course||831-373-2700||Public/Monterey|
|Pacific Grove Municipal Links||831-648-5777||Public/Pacific Grove|
|Pebble Beach Golf Course||831-624-6611||Resort/Pebble Beach|
|Poppy Hills Golf Course||831-625-2154||Public/Pebble Beach|
|Spyglass Hill Golf course||831-624-6611||Resort/Pebble Beach|
|Spanish Bay Golf Course||831-624-6611||Resort/Pebble Beach|
The network of hiking trails in Monterey County lies across some of the most diverse and scenic geography of the state. Trails range from easy to moderately strenuous and are known for their scenery, variety and ability to be hiked in one day. You’ll experience ocean front cliffs and promontories, coves and tide pools, white sand beaches, windswept dunes, stream fed canyons and waterfalls, redwood forests, mountain peaks wildlife sanctuaries and historical sites.
|Andrew Molera State Park||831-667-2315||Highway 1 (22 miles south of Carmel), Big Sur|
|Grrapata State Park||831-667-2315||Highway 1 (7 miles south of Carmel), Big Sur|
|Garland Park||831-659-4488||Carmel Valley Road (10 miles east of Highway 1), Carmel Valley|
|Jacks Peak County Park||831-755-4865||Aguajito Road – Monterey, Monterey|
|Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park||831-667-2315||Highway 1 (36 miles south of Carmel), Big Sur|
|Point Lobos State Reserve||831-624-4909||Highway 1 (2 miles south of Carmel), Carmel Valley|
Kayaking & Biking
If you are planning a biking vacation, Bed, Breakfast and Biking lists bike-friendly B & B’s and inns along or near the bike trails and byways throughout the country.
|Adventures by the Sea (Kayaks & Bike Rentals)||831-372-1807||299 Cannery Row, Monterey|
|Monterey Bay Kayaks||831-373-5357||693 Del Monte, Monterey|
|Bay Bikes (delivery available)||831-647-7433||Barnyard, Carmel Rancho|
Saddle up for a trail ride or lesson, guided rides on 25 miles of well marked trails through lush forests and on breathtaking beaches as available for all levels of riders.
|Molera Trail Rides||831-625-5486||Big Sur|
|Pebble Beach Equestrian Center||831-624-2756||17 Mile Drive Pebble Beach|
Each year, we get to witness one of the most spectacular animal migrations known, the yearly movement of more than 23,000 Gray whales from their feeding areas in the Bering Sea to breeding ground off Baja California. As the Gray Whales head north in the spring, the Humpback whales arrive to spend the summer, as do the Blue whales. Killer whales and Dolphins can also be spotted up and down the coastline from one of these year-round trips lead by marine biologists and marine naturalists.
|Chris’ Whale Watching||831-375-5951||Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey|
|Monterey Bay Whale Watch||866-469-4253||Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey|