Outdoor Adventures in Carmel-by-the-Sea

When it comes to outdoor adventures on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur coastline, the boundaries are only your imagination. From hiking and biking through scenic trails to horseback riding along the coast, adventure is waiting for you at almost every turn.

For unbelievable ocean views, enjoy one of the scenic drives along the coast, such as the famed 17-Mile Drive, where gorgeous beaches, marine wildlife, spectacular mansions, and the famous Lone Cypress provide ample opportunities for marveling at the wonders and majesty of the California coast.

Cross one off the bucket list by surfing in the Pacific. Professional instructors are eager to impart their knowledge and expertise on guests of all levels and abilities. Or try your hand at scuba diving at one of the many scuba centers in the area.

Popularized in California, stand-up paddleboarding has gained recognition across the globe. Try your hand at it when you visit Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, considered one of the most beautiful paddle locations in the world. Or take a class from a certified surfing instructor, distinguished for outstanding, stand-up paddleboard instruction.

Fishing excursions and whale watching tours blend action and adventure on the high sea, while back on land, the Scenic Bluff Pathway at Carmel Beach features eight stairways which access the beautiful white sand below. Stroll leisurely through groves of Monterey cypress and landscaped gardens to Carmel Point and take in the inspiring, panoramic views of the jagged coastline, where brilliant sunsets are the perfect end to the day.

World-renowned golf courses dot the scenic, nearby Monterey peninsula, where golfers from across the globe make the pilgrimage to play famous courses like Pebble Beach, often considered the best public course in the United States and one of the best in the world, as well as others like Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills, and The Links at Spanish Bay.

When you join us at Hyatt Residence Club Carmel, Highlands Inn, the majesty of the Monterey peninsula is at your fingertips, where adventure beckons, and our complimentary bicycles even allow you to create your own adventure close to home.