Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming little town along the Central California Coastline and shouldn’t be missed if you’re doing a road trip along the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway. It’s about 2 and a half hours south of San Francisco, so it’s the perfect stop to grab a coffee and stretch your legs if you’re heading down the coast.
The downtown area is chock-full of upscale boutiques, designer stores and quaint restaurants. Stroll all the way down the main street, Ocean Avenue, and you’ll end up at the beach.
Coffee shops are abundant and you can’t really go wrong. I chose Carmel Belle this time and forked over $5.15 for a soy café au lait (everything is expensive in Carmel), but it was quite delicious. I loved the look of everything on their food menu, as well. They also make their own almond milk!
The Carmel Coffee House and Café Carmel also make a mean latte. Each one is cuter than the next, despite completely lacking originality in the business name department.
My main recommendation in Carmel is just to wander around and take in the views of the gorgeous beach and charming cottage architecture. It’s a relatively small area and can easily be covered by foot.
What’s your favorite stop along the PCH?