Carmel & Monterey Activities
Carmel and the Monterey Bay have a variety of activities for the entire family. Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors, the ocean, local amenities or need something to keep the kids occupied, there is never a shortage of things to do in Carmel and Monterey.
Read the following overview of Carmel and Monterey activities, then read details, or view a handy map of things to do in Carmel.
For both the weekend duffer or seasoned golfer, Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula offer ample opportunity to hit the links. With a dozen great golf courses in some of the most beautiful surroundings California has to offer, you'll wonder why you didn't golf here sooner than you did.
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The highways and by-ways around Carmel and Monterey are part of the fun of visiting the area. Take a short drive from Carmel to see the beautiful natural surroundings of California's central coast, and soak up the local color of the Monterey County towns that dot this coastal paradise. Hitting the open road for a mysterious destination, or much loved attraction, is half the excitement of any vacation.
Arrr! Thar she blows! Embrace your inner seadog and go on a whale watching tour to see humpbacks, blue whales, gray whales, orcas (a.k.a "killer whales), dolphins, sealions, seals and other maritime wildlife. Whale watching is one of the most popular activities for visitors to the coast. Monterey and Carmel offer many opportunities to catch sight of the amazing mammals that inhabit our coastal waters.
Deep Sea Fishing
Monterey Bay is loved by deep-sea fishers the world over. A short boat trip from the coast and you can try your luck with salmon, albacore, rock cod, ling cod, halibut and more. There are several fishing tours in the Monterey area that provide charters for both small and large groups.
Monterey Bay Sailing
What's a trip to Carmel or Monterey without a short ocean voyage? Sailing excursions leave daily for many points along the central coast. Whether you've sailed before and would like to rent a boat, or would like to leave the sailing to someone else and go on an excursion where all you'll need is your camera, there's a sailing adventure awaiting you.
Ocean Kayaking in Monterey and Carmel
Seeing the Carmel and Monterey coastal scenery and wildlife from an open kayak is an experience that you'll remember forever. Kayak rentals and tours are available for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Many kayakers describe the activity as "peaceful" and "complentative", a rewarding experience for anyone. Rent your own kayak and paddle near shore to stay cool in the heat of summer or book a guided kayak tour with a small group and enjoy the surroundings with like-minded friends and new found friends.
Bike Rentals and Tours
There is something special about seeing scenery upon a bike. Monterey and Carmel offer great opportunity for day-trips or longer trips on some breathtaking bike routes. The area is a destination for avid road warriors and weekend pedalers who just enjoy the freedom a bike has to offer. Rent bikes for the family or book a bike tour. Pedal around the local attractions or hit the open road.
If you love horses and adventure, why not combine the two and have a horseback riding adventure in Carmel or Monterey? The Peninsula has several equestrian centers that offer guided tours along coastal trails. If you are more adventurous, you can even book a cattle-drive excursion to get the real cowboy (or cowgirl) experience.
Things To Do for Kids
Okay, you've arrived at your Carmel inn or hotel. You've unpacked, unwound and now the kids are saying they're bored. Now what? Bored in Carmel? Not on our watch. There are plenty of activities for the kids. Ask at the front desk or check out our "Things to Do" page for kids. They'll soon stop complaining of boredom and will be saying "Can we do that again?"
Wine Tasting and Tours
Monterey County is wine country. There are numerous world-class vineyards and vintners offering many types of wines to please most any palate. You don't have to venture out of Carmel to taste the offerings of our local wine makers, either. Just wander into town on a wine tasting tour or take a quick ride and tour a vineyard.
Carmel Art Galleries
Carmel has always had a strong connection to the arts. Many of Carmel's first residents were artists and artists continue to live and create here. Within walking distance of our boutique hotels there are tens of art galleries. View a list of Carmel art galleries and create your own art gallery walking tour.
Monte Verde Inn and Casa de Carmel are moments away from all of these Carmel and Monterey activities. Our cozy and romantic Carmel inns are your home away from home when exploring the area.