Horizon Inn and Ocean View Lodge
SWC 3rd Avenue and Junipero Street
Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, 93921, United States
(831) 624-5327 | 1-800-350-7723
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8 Great Things To Do In Carmel

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Carmel has something for everyone. Are you here for a solo retreat, a romantic couple's getaway, a family adventure, and outing with your dog, a family or group reunion?  Carmel has an activity you will be sure to enjoy!

Here are some of our staff favorites...

Bare-foot Walk on Carmel Beach

  • At the bottom of Ocean Avenue. Turn left on Scenic Road and find nearly a mile of easy parking and public access to the beach via various stairways.

After Dinner Stroll around Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Window shop and feel the flavor of Carmel without the crowds.

Point Lobos State Reserve and Nature Walks

  • Known as the greatest meeting of land and water in the world
  • Approximately 5 miles south of Carmel on Hwy 1. Entrance to the park is $10 if you drive in.  Free if you park in designated area along Hwy 1 and walk in.
  • Be sure to take your camera

Drive Scenic Hwy 1 South to Big Sur

  • A 26 mile coastal drive with unparalleled view of our rugged coast
  • Lunch at Nepenthe Restaurant, the Big Sur Bakery or the Ventana Inn
  • Hike the beach trails a the end of Sycamore Canyon Road, one mile past Pfieffer State Park on right. Hike beautiful trails in the Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park 8 miles south of Nepenthe.
  • This is a narrow winding road so please use caution.
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Visit Historic Carmel Mission Basilica

  • Newly Refurbished
  • Be sure to check out the Old California Inner Plaza and Gardens

Pebble Beach / 17 Mile Drive

  • Bottom of Ocean Avenue turn right on San Antonio Street and follow to entry gate. 
  • $9.50 Entry Fee per vehicle. Refundable with purchase of food or beverage at one of the local businesses
  • Visit scenic Pebble Beach Lodge. Consider lunch at the famous Tap Room or their new restaurant The Bench.
  • From the Pebble Beach Lodge stay on the coastal road. The road will take you all the way to Pacific Grove and access to Cannery Row

Monterey Bay Aquarium / Historic Monterey & Cannery Row

  • World Renowned Sea Aquarium.  Passes good for 2 consecutive days.  Many interactive exhibits.  Great place to bring the kids.
  • Historic Monterey, including John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and early California historic buildings.

Lunch and Wine Tasting in Sunny Carmel Valley Village

  • 8 miles east on Carmel Valley Rd (off Hwy 1) Carmel Valley Village
  • Offers warm sunny weather, good restaurants and many boutique tasting rooms all within walking distance of one another.