The most charming, pretty coast you can cast your eyes on.
It starts in San Francisco and goes all the way to Los Angeles – this coast. Carmel is south of San Jose.
Things to do
Drive around the 19 mile drive.
This is a residential area, but set in a huge huge biological eco conserving forest and coast area. One has to pay a 10$ per car.
Just drive around, stopping at various points. You will get a brochure of the points of interest.
Bonfire – If you catch good weather – and for this experience you must try and go when it’s a wee bit chilly.
Go to the super market. Pick up glasses, and poison of your choice.
Pick up a fire making kit – which includes a huge box of wood, 2 pieces of fire starter and matches and some old paper to start the fire.
Good food from the many, many fabulous delis and restaurants in Carmel, and head to SCENIC and 13th. (Please tell the Taxi driver to take you there – you cannot drive – u will be drinking!)
Do not head to any other beach. This is dedicated for bonfires.
Dive in make a bonfire and enjoy your evening.
Try and make it a little before sunset. I can guarantee you an evening very well spent.
If in Carmel / San Francisco / San Jose do not miss this one.
We stayed in Carmel at the Quail Lodge and Golf Course. It was fabulous. But it’s not on the coast. It’s in Carmel Valley.
Some of other places, which I was looking up, to stay, was the Tickle Pink Inn. It’s set high on a cliff. Comes highly recommended.
Restaurants in Carmel – are a plenty and fantastic.
That’s off Carmel, towards touching Highway No 1, going to LA. The view from Big Sur – is well for a lack of better word – BIG.
It’s all crashing waves, frothy blue sea, rocks, waves, and mesmerizing beauty.
We went for a meal at the bakery – Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant. Quite a place. Bang in the middle of a highway, and good hearty food.
Another meal we had with stunning views was – Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn, in Big Sur. It’s also a place worth staying. Just unbelievable amazing views from each room.
Do book way in advance.
There are many restaurants all over Carmel and Big Sur. Each, better than the other. This area is big on locally foraged food. And even bigger, on sustainability.
Just ask around, look around or look up the internet. You cannot go wrong with food here.