Parks and Nature in Carmel-by-the-Sea

With its stunning seaside location, perched on cliffs high above the beautiful blue Pacific, Carmel-by-the-Sea boasts spectacular views, peaceful parks, and a cornucopia of wildlife. From Carmel-by-the-Sea down through Carmel River State Beach, the Scenic Road Walkway offers vistas of the ever-changing sky and landscape. Take this scenic hike out to the Frank Lloyd Wright House and discover quirky homes and native pelicans along the way.

Nearby Point Lobos is a Bay Area nature reserve near the cliffs, where sea lions bask in sunny skies throughout the year, and during the winter months, whale watching delights visitors of all ages. Home to world-class beaches like China Cove and Gibson Beach, this slice of heaven is a photographer’s dream with gorgeous azure waters, exotic birds, and interesting foliage.

Bird lovers will find a lagoon at Carmel River State Beach, where songbirds and waterfowl can be spotted in abundance.

Magnificent scenery along rocky coastlines, typical of Big Sur, awaits at Garrapata State Park, where diverse trails run the gamut from sandy beach to dense redwood groves. Harbor seals and sea otters are easily seen, and during their yearly migration, California gray whales pass close by, delighting nature lovers.

Situated on the ocean’s edge, Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a peek into the marine life this region is so famous for. Here you’ll discover thousands of marine animals and plants. And don’t even think about leaving before watching the penguin feeding.

For a low-key way to spend the afternoon, Devendorf Park in downtown Carmel is the perfect respite from big-city life, where picnics along shaded grassy areas and a good book are an ideal way to take in a leisurely afternoon.

Whether exploring Carmel parks or taking in the dramatic views from our clifftop escape, when you join us at Hyatt Residence Club Carmel, Highlands Inn, nature’s beauty is all around.