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!

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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.

Course Phone Type
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


Carmel Hiking

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
Garrapata 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


Horseback Riding

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


Whale Watching

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